Extra Security and Police Horses for Aston Villa’s Forthcoming European Nights

Extra Europa Villa Park Measures

If you were wondering why there was the unusual sight of police horses back at Villa Park against Luton Town at the last league home game, it was due to them being a trial run for the forthcoming double-bill of Europa Conference League home games.

It’s been over 20 years since horses were last used at Villa Park and you’d have thought it was simply due to the evolvement of technology and better behaved supporters over the decades. The horses are just part of additional security measures being brought in for the forthcoming European games, with police plans looking to largely follow arrangements made for Villa vs Blues derby games.

Notorious Reputations

Both AZ Alkmaar and Legia Warsaw’s away fans have been in the headlines in recent years. The Alkmaar incident, that had their ultras trying to raid a West Ham VIP stand was largely seen as an isolated incident, and they are largely seen as decent fans. As a result, they have received their full allocation of 2,100 tickets for the Villa Park game.

The truth be told, the main reason behind the extra security measures tested out at the recent Luton game was primarily due to the recent reputation of the Legia away fans.

They didn’t exactly shower themselves in glory at the recent Europa League at the King Power stadium, against Leicester City. They repeatedly attacked stewards, police and the home fans (just search it on Youtube for the evidence). The subsequent reports from the Leicester game have fed into Villa’s and West Midland police’s preparations for the upcoming Villa Park game.

More recently, the Legia away fans were involved with skirmishes with the Dutch police over in Alkmaar, which has got UEFA increasingly involved behind the scenes.

As a result of their fan’s recent misdemeanours, Legia Warsaw will not be receiving a full allocation of 2,100, after discussion between the club, UEFA and other relevant parties.



  1. I agree with Malcoms comments I sit in the North stand and found leaving through a poorly lit car park entrance very un nerving ..dark uneven floor we were having to put our phones on to see where we were treading …a couple of lights would be appreciated next time ..thank you

  2. I understand that there is a need for security, but I expect the police to show that a proper risk assessment of the security measures they propose has been carried out. Tonight the spectators in the North Stand were denied normal exiting onto Witton Lane, but directed to exit through the Car Park via a passage on the side of the Villa Store onto Witton Road.

    5000+ fans descended into this narrow passage, that was in complete darkness, no lighting whatsoever. Such was the crush of all the fans that had one person tripped or fallen, there is no way the mass of fans behind would have been to see this and the kettling effect would have produced a disaster as more and more people were brought down.

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