You've got my backing on this however I can help, Bene...Erm...Random.
I've seen too many close calls on the main road (either overspill of fans almost getting hit by cars or angry exchanges of fans that closing the gate in the first place was supposed to avoid) and also been victim to walking all the way over the car park to the gate only to find it locked and having to walk past away fans (again, a potentially dangerous situation they are apparently trying to avoid).
Last years pre season I saw a sheff weds fan, a woman in about her 70s, about 5 mins before kick off, go from the pate bar to the gate only to find out she had to walk all the way around.
What does locking the gate do that just putting a few coppers around the same area wouldn't solve exactly? Or, as mentioned, holding away fans back for 10 minutes in our "at risk" home games.
And please god, don't say that the police are right to do this because of a few drunken idiots... That's like saying its good that absolutely everyone has to remove their shoes in airport security because one guy once tried to sneak a bomb in with his shoes. Pete's right with the police state comment on that.
Unfortunately they can whatever they want because 9/11. Don't be surprised if they just rescinded it as a public right of way to stop more youth team van fire incidents.
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