Come On You… Reds?

There are, in all likelihood, three years until the next General Election in this country, but that doesn’t mean that the electioneering hasn’t started already. There was a time in this country, of course, when we football supporters were pariahs, deemed worthy of David Evans lamentable and deplorable membership scheme, and blamed for Hillsborough and the Bradford Fire, even though both of these tragedies were, at best, horrible accidents, and, more likely, the result of massive institutional failings. Nowadays, though, we’re all middle class, and our votes are as good as anybody else’s. Most opinion polls are indicating that it might just be too close to call – the battle might just be on for the hearts and souls of Britain’s millions of football supporters. After Hillsborough, of course, Lord Justice Taylor’s report into the safety of British football stadia provided the blueprint for what would become the Premiership, and one of the furthest reaching of his findings was that all stadia in the top two divisions of English football should be all-seater. The days of the terraces were numbered. The clubs, in spite of the massive cost, wasted no time. For the first couple of season, the stadia of the Premiership looked like building sites, as clubs tore down their ancient terraces and replaced them with glistening steel stands, filled with row after row of shiny, plastic bucket...

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