SHOLING are confident they can abide with the FA’s special requirements for their massive FA Vase semi final first leg later this month.
As a result of reaching the last four, the home game against Eastbourne United – scheduled for Saturday, March 29 – comes under the National Game Board’s regulations for the first time in the competition.
Sholing must: 1) Ensure there is segregation of rival supporters.
2) Need to deploy trained stewards and bring in a safety officer/deputy safety officer/chief steward from a club in the Football Conference divisions or higher.
3) Put in place clubhouse restrictions on the sale of alcohol, making sure none is brought into the ground or taken out of the clubhouse.
The FA put these rules in place following “spectator misconduct” in recent years.
Most notably, Coalville’s win at King's Lynn in the 2011 Vase semi final was marred by trouble.
The game was twice held up because of crowd trouble, which involved bananas being thrown on to the pitch, spitting, and the plastic roof of Coalville’s dug-out being smashed.
More than 30 police were called in to separate rival fans.
Sholing’s main committee members are to welcome a delegation from the FA next Thursday.
Before then, the club’s committee will meet and Hampshire Police will send someone to look around the Silverlake Arena to see how many, if any, police officers will be needed on the day.
Sholing secretary Greg Dickson said: “The FA are coming down to see us but they are not coming to tell us what to do.
“They are coming in order for us to tell them what we are planning to do on the day.”