Greater Manchester Police have issued the following message to supporters ahead of Wanderers’ game against Wigan Athletic at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday.
On behalf of GMP, Gold Commander Chief Superintendent Rose, said: “As this is a huge fixture for both clubs, we're expecting a large number of fans who will be no doubt looking forward to the buzz and excitement this fixture brings.
“As such, there will be an increased number of police patrols at this fixture to ensure the safety of all those in attendance and to make sure that everyone can enjoy this event and feel safe.
“We appreciate and respect the passion and support that people show for their teams, and we want everyone to be able to enjoy the match and have a good time.
“For all derby games, we always prepare for any groups of people who may decide to engage in anti-social behaviour which will not be tolerated. Officers will take swift action against those who attempt to spoil the day for others by causing trouble.
“Following recent arrests at previous football matches, our staff at the weekend will have helmets attached to their belts. However, we do not anticipate having to wear these.
“Our officers' safety is a top priority, so we must take precautions to ensure they are protected from injury in case of any antisocial behaviour.
“If you are aware of anything that you think may help us to keep everyone safe this weekend and ensure that you, your friends, and your families have an enjoyable day, please contact Greater Manchester Police on 101 with your information.
“Our officers will be happy to speak to anyone who has any concerns on the day, so feel free to say hello.”