Beforehand, police had warned fans that they were adopting a ‘zero tolerance’ approach at the play off final.
Officers had even said that people who went onto the pitch after the game had finished faced “ejection, future bans and possible prosecutions“.
But in the end, the big match – which saw York City defeat Boston United 2-0 to clinch promotion to the National League – passed “largely without incident”, North Yorkshire Police said today.
They made just two arrests, despite there being a record crowd of 7,500 – many hundreds of whom took to the pitch after the final whistle to celebrate with their heroes.
A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and throwing items on to the pitch. And a 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of been drunk and disorderly in a public place.
York Chief Inspector Fiona Willey said: “I am pleased to report that while there were a few isolated incidents, most fans had a good time and were both sensible and safe.
“It’s great news that York City football club have achieved promotion.
“We have built up a good working relationship with officials at the club and I look forward to continuing this into the next season.”