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Top-flight football security policies club-by-club

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

Following a request by the FSF’s Premier League Fans Group we asked all top-flight clubs if they could provide information relating to their security policies – just what is and isn’t allowed into grounds? See their answers below.

If a club is missing and you need some info give them a nudge by contacting the SLO. While we have asked every club for an answer, not every club has replied at the time of writing. In addition we plan to do similar with EFL clubs once we have discussed the issue with our affiliated fan groups at an upcoming meeting.

Please note that while we do our best to keep this blog up-to-date, changes can occur, and if you have specific concerns we’d encourage you to contact the relevant club’s SLO.


  • Arsenal – The club host the general information on this page with an infographic of banned items here.
  • AFC Bournemouth – The club has an away supporters guide and sent the following list: Unlicensed musical instruments, including trumpets, drums and other devices capable of causing a disturbance or nuisance – although permission maybe granted prior to an event.; Flag poles (not flexible) greater than 1m in length; Flares; Bottles, glass vessels, cans and flasks; Frisbees and similar items; Dangerous or hazardous items; Illegal substances; Explosives, ammunition and fireworks; Knives, blades or other weapons; Firearms; Scooters, skateboards or other skates; Laser devices; Smoke canisters; Signs or items with corporate or inappropriate branding; Unauthorised fliers or banners; Spray paint or large industrial style marker pens; Transmitting devices; Professional cameras and recording devices; Large suitcases; Lap tops and tablets (audio and video recording devices); Illegal merchandise items; Illegal charity collection utensils; Motor bike helmets; Umbrellas; Darts; Hampers and cold boxes; Air horns; Alcohol; Animals (except service dogs and guide dogs); Inflatable toys; Poles and any article that might be used as a weapon and/or compromise public safety
  • Brighton and Hove Albion – TBC
  • Burnley – You can see the list of what you can / can’t take into Turf Moor here.
  • Chelsea – We are waiting to hear back from the club although their website does host some information on p12 of the 2017/18 visitor’s guide.
  • Crystal Palace – The following articles must not be brought within the Ground – knives, fireworks, smoke canisters, air-horns, flares, weapons, dangerous or hazardous items, laser devices, bottles, glass vessels, cans, poles and any article that might be used as a weapon and/or compromise public safety. Any person in possession of such items will be refused entry to the Ground. The club will not currently allow factory sealed bottles above 500ml into the ground.
  • Everton – TBC
  • Huddersfield Town – The club says this info can be found in their club charter. We have asked them to clarify which section.
  • Leicester City – The club sent us this info.
  • Liverpool – TBC
  • Manchester City – TBC
  • Manchester United – What can you bring into the stadium? / What can’t you bring into the stadium? – MUFC’s doc explains all here.
  • Newcastle United – TBC
  • Southampton – TBC
  • Stoke City – Rucksacks will be allowed into the ground but will be the subject of a search upon entry. iPads & Cameras will be allowed into the ground, but we accept no responsibility for damage. Liquids – Supporters should be aware that there will be a steward present to conduct bag searches at the entry turnstiles. For the avoidance of doubt, liquids will only be allowed if contained within bottles of 500ml or less in size. All bottles must have unbroken seals. Thermos flasks are allowed, but contents will be checked first. Umbrellas – Large, pointed ‘golf type’ umbrellas are not allowed into the ground on matchdays. Smaller umbrellas are ok, but must be presented to Stewards at the entry turnstiles.
  • Swansea City – TBC
  • Tottenham Hotspur – Spurs’ stadium and safety policy at Wembley Stadium.
  • Watford – The club says their document is updated on a match by match basis to reflect any late changes in policy or detail and sent to each visiting club for publication on web and social in advance of the match. With that in mind it’s worth keeping an eye on your club’s website, this is the document WFC created for the 2017/18 visit of WBA. The club also produce an Away Visitor’s Guide which you can download here.
  • West Bromwich Albion – TBC
  • West Ham United – TBC

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