This weekend (Saturday 11 November), we will be hosting Blackpool at the Toughsheet Community Stadium in what promises to be an exciting clash between the League One sides.
We are collaborating closely with Greater Manchester Police who are in turn working hard behind the scenes to ensure that both sets of fans can enjoy the action safely, not just in the ground but in the surrounding areas, including around the stadium, Bolton town centre, and travel hubs which spectators will be using.
In addition, Greater Manchester Police are working with other partner agencies, including local authorities, British Transport Police, Transport for Greater Manchester and Blackpool FC to ensure that the game goes ahead smoothly, without any abuse or criminal behaviour.
The game occurs on Armistice Day, ahead of Remembrance Sunday, and a minute’s silence will be taking place before kick-off, scheduled for 3pm on the day.
Chief Superintendent Stephanie Parker, from Greater Manchester Police’s Bolton district, said: “This weekend’s fixture is set to be an exciting one, and we want everyone involved from fans to players and staff at the stadium to safely enjoy the game.
“We will not be tolerating any racism, homophobia, or offensive chanting and behaviour, and will act appropriately if this presents itself. Respect has always been a fundamental foundation of football and we will work to ensure this principle is maintained.
“Ultimately, we are there to help you. If you have any concerns regarding criminality or want us to aid you with something, our officers are there to support you. They will be more than happy to discuss any issues with you and provide you with guidance or action where necessary.
“If you would like to report anything, you can do so at any time by calling 101, or visiting www.gmp.police.uk. You can also report information via the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”
Neil Hart, Chief Executive Officer at Bolton Wanderers said: "We are looking forward to welcoming a bumper crowd to the Toughsheet Community Stadium this weekend.
"Our priority is to ensure everyone has a fantastic matchday experience and we extend our thanks to Greater Manchester Police who are working hard with us to make that happen.
"As ever, we urge supporters to help us put a stop to any kind of behaviour that does not represent our Club - we are here to deliver a safe and exciting experience for all and our reporting lines are open."
If you want to report any crime or information to GMP, you can call 101 or report information by using the GMP website’s online ‘report’ tool or our LiveChat function: www.gmp.police.uk
In addition, you can report anti-social behaviour via text or WhatsApp on the One Wanderers number: 07542 850 902.
Always call 999 in an emergency.
If you're heading out to watch the match, remember to remain vigilant.
If you see anything that doesn't feel right, trust your instincts. You can report suspicious activity or behaviour online in confidence at: https://act.campaign.gov.uk/
Don’t forget to plan your journey before you travel, whether by car, tram, train, or bus, visit the Transport for Greater Manchester website.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Toughsheet Community Stadium on Saturday and thank you all for your outstanding support.