THE HOME Office has released data on the number of football arrests by club in England and Wales in the 2018-19 season, with Bradford City at the low end of the scale with three.

By contrast, Leeds United are second in the list with 49 behind Stoke, who had the highest number of arrests with 80.

Football-related arrests dropped by 10 per cent in 2018-19 compared to the previous season, according to figures released by the Home Office.

Of the 1,381 arrests under Schedule 1 of the Football Spectators Act 1989, the most common types of offence were public disorder (38 per cent) and violent disorder (19 per cent).

The statistics are supplied by the 43 police forces in England and Wales and British Transport Police (BTP) to the United Kingdom Football Policing Unit (UKFPU).

In addition to the 1,381 football-related arrests, a further 155 were made by BTP and there were 347 'other' arrests at football matches which did not fall under Schedule 1 of the Football Spectators Act.

The number of matches where a hate crime was reported increased by 47 per cent in 2018-19, from 131 to 193 matches.

Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts, the National Police Chief's Council Football Policing Lead issued a response to the figures to the PA news agency.

"Home Office statistics show football disorder remains at concerning levels - over the past two seasons, incidents reported are at more than 1,000 fixtures, and worryingly, this is becoming the new normality," he said.

"Interestingly, higher levels of disorder are being seen in the lower leagues, and this could be attributed to the fact there is often a reduced police presence.

"With the absence of police officers to witness and respond, we are reliant on supporters and other agencies to report matters to us, so there could be a lot that goes unreported. There is also a reluctance from the leagues to share safety officer's reports with us at a national level.

"Notably there are a greater number of arrests made in the lower leagues, despite lower crowds, with four out of the five clubs with the most arrests from the Championship.

"This is also reflected in the fact that Grimsby Town, a League Two club, has the second-highest number of banning orders, rising from 50 to 61 over the past two seasons.

"A lower number of arrests in the Premier League is likely related to the fact these clubs have greater security measures in place, and a police presence at matches."

Here, is the full list of football arrests by club in descending order.

Stoke 80

Leeds 49

Aston Villa 42

Sheffield United 41

Manchester City 39

Manchester United 36

Sunderland 34

Tottenham 34

Chelsea 30

Newcastle 30

Bristol City 28

Derby 28

Arsenal 27

Millwall 27

Sheffield Wednesday 26

Coventry 25

West Ham 25

Birmingham 24

Everton 23

West Brom 22

Burnley 19

Charlton 19

Middlesbrough 19

Southampton 19

Swansea 19

Doncaster 18

Leicester 18

Wolves 18

Blackburn 17

Blackpool 17

Mansfield 17

Nottingham Forest 17

Brighton 16

Chesterfield 15

Crewe 15

Cardiff 14

Liverpool 14

Plymouth 13

Portsmouth 13

Tranmere 13

Barnsley 12

Brentford 12

Bristol Rovers 12

Crystal Palace 12

Lincoln 11

Luton 11

Preston 11

Rotherham 10

Scunthorpe 10

Shrewsbury 10

Walsall 10

Bolton 9

Bury 9

Halifax 9

Ipswich 9

Oldham 9

Macclesfield 8

Northampton 8

Norwich 8

Oxford 8


Wrexham 7

Fulham 6

Grimsby 6

Hull 6

MK Dons 6

Gillingham 5

Huddersfield 5

Port Vale 5

Fleetwood 4

Notts County 4

Reading 4

Bournemouth 3

Bradford City 3

Carlisle 3

Exeter 3

Swindon 3

Watford 3

Wigan 3

Bromley 2

Cheltenham 2

Colchester 2

Leyton Orient 2

Southend 2

Aldershot 1

Burton 1

Cambridge 1

Dagenham 1

Forest Green 1

Gateshead 1

Hartlepool 1

Maidstone 1

Newport 1

Rochdale 1

Stevenage 1

Wycombe 1