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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:


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

The Journalist

Writer: Site Staff Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 28 2007

Time: 12:20PM

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I'm a firm advocate of a return to terraces, the move to all seater stadia was a knee jerk reaction which made no allowance for the teams involved or the size of the occasion. At the time of Hillsboro these were 2 of the biggest teams in the country. A reduction of capacity on the terraces would have just as easily made stadia safer added bonus of not pricing a lot of fans out of the game.
Steve C
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28/08/2007 13:07:00

I agree Steve that the Taylor report was a knee jerk reaction and the result has priced the game out of most peoples pockets. The answer is small terraced areas with tightly controlled capacities at much reduced prices. How to be introduce children though unless there is an area for children and shorter women. The main problems with terracing were viewing if stuck behind a taller person and crushing when sections overfull. I remember the Semi Final replay at Villa Park in 1992 when my feet did not touch the ground for most of the game!!
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28/08/2007 13:40:00

People have been standing at football matches since Victorian times. This ban thing was always nonsense, a bit like banning cars cos someone got run over. Sorry, cos this is an unpopular comment, but too much is made of the very few matches that ruined watching football in this country. In a different world, football fans would have boycotted Liverpool and the others for the results of what they allowed to happen.
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28/08/2007 17:39:00

Panic measures from the black days in football. Fans should have a say. Sadly the politcal numpties won't agree.
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29/08/2007 19:03:00


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