Fans of fierce rivals Leeds United and Bradford City have been urged not to spoil the “summer of sport” when the two sides clash in a highly anticipated derby.
The clubs face each other for the first time since 2011 in a Carling Cup match, next Wednesday, August 27, at Valley Parade.
West Yorkshire Police said the Capital One Cup game was an opportunity to bring the curtain down on a rich summer of sporting entertainment during which the Tour de France showcased the county at its best and also included the World Cup, Wimbledon and the Commonwealth Games.
Chief Superintendent Marc Callaghan said: “We would encourage all fans to enjoy themselves, stay safe, and help us end a wonderful summer of sport on a real high.”
Hundreds of officers will be involved in policing fans both at the game, which pits Championship side Leeds against a Bradford team currently playing in League One, and in the respective cities.
Leeds have a significant edge in competitive fixtures between the sides, with 14 wins to Bradford’s two. But the Valley Parade club will be looking to avenge their 3-2 defeat in their most recent meeting three years ago.
Despite their on-field rivalry, there has been little off-field trouble when the club’s have clashed in previous years.
And Chief Supt Callaghan said a lot of work had gone into ensuring the game would be “a real celebration of sport and ensure that Yorkshire is truly recognized as a sporting county on the world stage.”
He added: “The teams haven’t played competitively since 2011 and the match has the potential to be a real sporting spectacle and an event that will be remembered for all the right reasons.”