Leatherhead Football Club wall collapse under investigation

Wimbledon Guardian: Front of the terracing collapses as Dulwich Hamlet supporters celebrate. Photo: Neil Hood Front of the terracing collapses as Dulwich Hamlet supporters celebrate. Photo: Neil Hood

A safety investigation has been launched after a wall collapsed at a football club on Saturday as fans celebrated a goal.

The referee abandoned the game at Leatherhead Football Club between Leatherhead and Dulwich Hamlet in the 78th minute after the waist-high, breeze block wall gave way.

Half a dozen supporters ended up on the ground surrounded by the remains of the wall but none were hurt.

The club issued a statement yesterday announcing they were offering assistance to a Ryman League investigation into the ‘extraordinary scenes’ at the match.

Peter Ashdown, chairman of Leatherhead FC, said: "We are pleased to report that nobody was injured when a section of the wall in front of the terracing collapsed whilst Dulwich Hamlet supporters were celebrating their second goal.

"We shall of course keep supporters informed of any league decision as a result of their investigation, and if the game is to be replayed."

A spokesman at Leatherhead FC said they were also waiting for advice from health and safety officers from Mole Valley council who visited the site on Monday.

He said: "We have closed that section of the ground and we are dealing with it. We won’t be able to use that section of the ground for the next game until we repair it."

He said the collapse happened as a Dulwich Hamlet player approached the fans who had been told not to jump on the wall.

He said: "It was not their fault; it was no one’s fault. We are just relieved no one was hurt."

The score was 2-0 to Dulwich Hamlet at the time of the collapse.

The matter is expected to be discussed at the monthly Ryman League Board meeting on January 31.

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4:55pm Tue 29 Jan 13

jamiewyatt26 says...

Sadly you have been lied to, firstly no one had told any DHFC fans not to jump on the wall, surely if they had done this, they are admitting it was unsafe in the first place and secondly I know of at least one person who had to attend hospital due to this incident!

and yes I was there I am in one of the pictures!!
Sadly you have been lied to, firstly no one had told any DHFC fans not to jump on the wall, surely if they had done this, they are admitting it was unsafe in the first place and secondly I know of at least one person who had to attend hospital due to this incident! and yes I was there I am in one of the pictures!! jamiewyatt26
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