What are people's thoughts vis a vis bubble trips? For those unfamiliar with the term, its a measure employed by Police for 'high risk' games whereby independent travel by supporters is prohibited. Therefore no away supporter is permitted to get the train, drive, walk or get on an coach/mini bus to the game. Every fan with a ticket is required to get on a supporters coach at the ground, pull into a service station where they're provided a match ticket, not able to drink alcohol throughout the game and then ushered into the home ground upon arrival.
Its notoriously copped abuse from fans and the FSF (Football Supporters Federation) for being draconian in its implementation and representing an unfair hinderance of personal liberty without just reason. It recently became a hot topic when Hull fans were made aware their away game at Huddersfield would be a bubble trip.
For those unaware of the itinery the Hull fans were subjected to for this game, it goes like this. Any Hull City supporter, be they local or elsewhere had to arrive at the Hull ground early to get onto a coach where they would later be given a ticket at a service station. Hilariously, this meant that if a Hull fan was living in Huddersfield then rather than walk to the ground, he would have to get a train to Hull, just to get on a coach to go back to Huddersfield because of these restrictions. Hull fans were also barred from taking any alcohol on board for the duration of the journey.
Personally, I've always thought it was a joke that such measures could be imposed. In this day and age, for football fans to be denied the basic freedom to make independent travel to a ground as well as have the freedom to drink is laughable. Its the police's job to take measures to curb any potential disorder should it arise at any moment in the day, such measures however go well beyond that civic duty and are a joke to still be around. Millwall have been subject to such measures most notably when travelling to Leeds, the most recent game at Elland Road saw no more than 100 Millwall make the journey through refusal to undergo such pathetic treatment for an entire day.
As for the Huddersfield/Hull match, this was the number of Hull fans who deemed the measures suitable to still attend the game: