Safe Standing Roadshow

January 2014 Newsletter

Standing consultation

Football League asks for clubs’ views

Deadline: Friday January 24th


It’s been six months since I last updated you on the safe standing campaign and it’s been a very eventful six months at that, culminating at present with the Football League consulting its 72 member clubs on how they would like it to take the safe standing debate forward.

Following the League’s AGM in May, when three-quarters of the clubs passed a resolution charging the executive team with looking further into the possibilities of safe standing, the League has now produced a comprehensive consultation paper and asked the clubs four specific questions. Read more about the Football League consultation here for the text of those questions and details of clubs that have already publicly said their responses will be Yes, Yes, Yes and Yes again!


Man Utd to look at safe standing


At Premier League level the safe standing campaign received high-profile backing in October, when Ed Woodward, the recently installed CEO at Manchester United expressed his interest in the subject and said it was something that the club would look at. A few weeks later, United supporters representatives got the chance to try out rail seats for themselves as they inspected the safe standing away section at Bayer Leverkusen prior to their resounding 5-0 Champions League win. Read on for more details, including Ed Woodward’s comments in full.


On TV, radio, online and in print


Rail seats and the safe standing debate have featured prominently in the media over recent months. BBC Radio One’s Newsbeat programme, for example, filmed on location at VfL Wolfsburg in Germany to demonstrate their rail seat installation, Liverpool fan and Times football editor Tony Evans produced a video feature on safe standing for BT Sport, Daniel Taylor and Owen Gibson among others wrote lengthy pieces for the printed press, while Liverpool fan sites ‘This is Anfield‘ and the ‘Anfield Wrap‘ also addressed the issue with several thought-provoking pieces. More details here.


And finally…
Please enjoy browsing these and other pages on the Safe Standing Roadshow website. As ever, if you would like to learn more about rail seats, I would be more than happy to visit (with or without roadshow rig) to explain the ins and outs. In the meantime, if you would like still photos, video material, guidance on sightlines or other general information, please see the respective links on the downloads page.

Thanks for your continued interest in and – I hope support for – safe standing at rail seats!


Jon Darch

(Follow on Twitter via @SafeStandingRS)