Hull Fans Welcomed To Elland Road

Last updated : 01 December 2005 By Kevin Markey
Tigers fans wanting to attend the game had been originally told they must make the trip on official coaches with tickets only being handed out on the approach to Leeds.

West Yorkshire Police had imposed the restrictions in an attempt to prevent violence but after opposition from Hull supporters, Pearson decided to turn down the allocation of 1,700 tickets.

However, following talks between the two clubs and police, the Elland Road safety advisory group last night decided visiting fans can travel independently.

Tigers chairman Pearson said in the Yorkshire Post: "We are slightly disappointed not to get more tickets, we still cannot understand why 10 per cent of the capacity (4,000) cannot be made available to Hull as Leeds will be getting 10 per cent for the return fixture at the KC Stadium.

"But the main thing is our supporters will now be able to attend without the travel restrictions. I feel they will be pleased that, as a club and a group of supporters, we have helped stop something that was wrong for football.One of the conditions from the police for reversing the decision is that should any of our fans misbehave, they must face severe sanctions. But we hope they all behave as the fans who follow us away from home every week have behaved all season."