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Safe Standing Day

A message from the Stand up sit down campaign (SUSD)

Some VERY good news. Wycombe Wanderers FC has agreed to host a Fans United Safe Standing Day at its home match on Sunday 9 September 2007 kick-off 1.30pm. This game is live on Sky.

Long time campaigner and spokesperson for Stand Up Sit Down Amanda Matthews explained:

'As one of the few clubs left in the country with terraces, Wycombe Wanderers FC are firmly behind the safe standing campaigns run by SUSD and the Football Supporters Federation. They've agree to highlight our cause at their forthcoming match on 9th September by inviting fans from all clubs to come and show their support. The event is with the co-operation of Thames Valley Police and we appreciate their agreeing to it.'

'If we can just get one fan along from each club in England, wearing their own colours, we feel it would bring massive publicity to our cause and help persuade the Government that, at the least, an open and honest debate is needed on the subject, so important to many supporters, regardless of their club.'

The campaigners say:

WE NEED HUNDREDS OF FANS FROM OTHER CLUBS DESCENDING ON WYCOMBE THAT DAY DRESSED IN CLUB COLOURS!

Importantly, subject to interest, the Football Supporters Federation will consider laying on free coaches. Anybody interested to email me at info@standupsitdown.co.uk as soon as possible.

Let us know about your attendance and how many you'll be bringing. Let's turn Wycombe into a football United Nations for the day, make it a great day out for everybody. Both SUSD and the FSF are fully behind this. The club will be invited all the other 91 clubs and all the 145 MPs who have signed the pro safe-standing House of Commons Early Day Motion.

Please give this event your support. For more details see the forum at www.standupsitdown.co.uk or email the SUSD team at info@standupsitdown.co.uk




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Date:Tuesday August 28 2007

Time: 12:37PM

Your Comments

why do u wanna stand?
korodon
It generates a better atmosphere Korodon. I think it's a good idea to allow it to an extent, but I also think there needs to be a very limited number of standing tickets, and it needs to be well policed.
simmy8_2000
I also think that it should be limited to home fans at games.
simmy8_2000
Why? As away fans we stand up as much as possible anyway
AFC85Lew
People should definately have the choice. The issue arose after the Hillsbourgh disaster. But things were different then. If the ecxact number of tickets were sold in accordance with the exact number of seats, then all further disasters would be avoided. Also you'd need the standing section as to avoid obscuring the people who want to sit's view. I appreciate the sentiment of the "protest" from Wycombe, but invite random supporters from random club to attend a football match does have the potential to spill over.
Rocky7
Standing areas do lift people (literally!). These areas should be next to each other rather than scattered, to allow atmosphere to develop. You may overcome the issue of obscuring views by keeping it to the rear-most rows in a tier, or the the rear corners of a tier. Both home and away fans should be entitled to it though!
Andy-bayor
At my local teams (Melbourne Victory) games we have two ends of the ground where about 4,000 people can stand behind each goal and the other 40,000 or so tickets are for seats. The members (season ticket holders) stand behind the goals and create all the atmosphere and I prefer that part of the ground but it is mainly people between the age of 15 and 30 standing there as it is all blokes jumping around and singing, clearly not good for young kids and families. I feel accomodating both sets of fans - the families and the hardcore - is reasonable to accept in this day and age where stadium safety is much more up to scratch than it was in the Hillsborough and Heysel era's. If i went to the Grove one day i would love to be able to stand so good luck in your quest for standing area's, it creates much more atmosphere and enjoyment for the game.
Ozi Gooner
 

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