Newcastle United fans have finished top of banning order list in England and Wales for the third year in a row. While the numbers are decreasing, the Magpies currently have 111 banning orders against their supporters which sits them top of the table.
As reported by the Daily Mirror, Wolverhampton Wanderers came second to the Tyneside club with 75. Birmingham City topped the charts for the number of fan arrests with 72, closely followed by West Ham United with 67. The positive news is that football-related arrests are down by 14% compared on the previous year, show clear signs of progress in fan conduct.
Fans of Milwall, Manchester United, Liverpool, Barnsley, Chelsea, Burnley and Bristol Rovers also made the top ten. The best behaved fans in the Premier League last season were found to be supporters of Bournemouth, of whom their were just four arrests in the whole 2016/17 season.
A number of fans from clubs across the football leagues did their teams proud, with no banning orders being handed out to the likes of MK Dons, Accrington Stanley, Cheltenham Town, Yeovil Town, Boreham Wood, Braintree Town, Bromley, Dover Athletic, Eastleigh and Forest Green Rovers.
Hooliganism in football is mercifully on the decline - a far cry from its prevalence in the 1980s. It tends to rear its ugly head during international tournaments, when a small section of England supporters inevitably become embroiled in some kind of violence. Strong concerns have been raised over over the behaviour of the Three Lions fans at the World Cup this summer.