Dartford chairman Dave Skinner says opposing fans will not be segregated ahead of Boxing Day derby with Ebbsfleet United
Dartford are expecting a
bumper crowd for the Boxing Day clash with Ebbsfleet but chairman
Dave Skinner is keen to keep it a family affair.
More than 3,000 fans are due to
watch the Kent derby – with 2,000 tickets already sold a week
before the match – and Mr Skinner, pictured, is reluctant to
segregate the supporters.
He said: "We had 2,800 fans for
the last meeting here between the clubs and everyone stood
together. There wasn’t a hint of trouble.
"There will be no segregation
for away fans and, as we have said in discussions with the police,
what’s the point? It’s the same as Liverpool versus Everton, where
neighbours and family members may support different teams. How do
you split them up?
"We have never had a problem
before and the fans can come together."
Dartford have impressed this
season despite having one of the smallest squads in the league, but
Mr Skinner says there is money available for strengthening when the
January transfer window opens.
"Tony Burman (Dartford
manager) is currently under budget so there is a bit of leeway
there to play with," said Mr Skinner.