My estimate is about 700 but, as previously stated, the Burnley security team decided that the seats behind the goal should remain roped off. On TV it looked as if the visiting fans' enclosure was empty. I sat in the main stand and I can assure you that the Canvey faithful out-sang the home supporters all through the game, although their volume when they did sing was significantly enhanced by them outnumbering the visitors.<p>It is a pity that when the big teams play clubs from Ryman (and similar) leagues their security firms don't do their homework. The 700 travelling Canvey fans have never been known to cause any trouble at any ground, including Port Vale, Southend, Stevenage Borough, Chester City, Villa Park or Wigan. Why then, do they assume that visitors are out to cause trouble?<p>The Canvey coaches were held for nearly an hour in a motorway service station by the police, just in case the fans arrived early in Burnley and caused mayhem. As it happens, 200 other fans arrived by car and private coach at about mid-day and went into the bar at the cricket club. GOSH! 200 Canvey fans in a bar!!! Result, good banter, friendly debate and superb meat and potato pies with mushy peas. Arguments? Vandalism? Fights? No chance, just boozing and enthusiasm for the game shared between Burnley fans and Canvey fans alike. Oh, and lots of empy plates (why can't we have meat and potato pies at Park Lane?).<p>The drum wasn't allowed in and fans had to sit in a pre-determined area. The same happened at Villa Park. We're Canvey, for goodness sake. Even our most dangerous and manic supporter speaks with a stammer and has a laptop surgically connected to his fists - hardly a trouble-maker.<p>If the intelligence is so poor when a club with no record of yobbishness comes, is it any better when a club with known 'previous' comes into town? I hope so. <p>But that is down to the police and the security guards. Burnley fans themselves were fantastic and made us very, very welcome. The ale was cheap, the pies were top dollar and I didn't see a single whippet.<p>Could somebody have a word with the security jobsworths?