Day: March 23, 2011

In Support Of Leyton Orient And Safe Standing

We have a quick word this evening for the Football Supporters Federation and two petitions that they have organised for campaigns that they are supporting. First up is safe standing at football matches. Since the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 and the subsequent Taylor Report, terracing at football grounds has been largely phased out. The Taylor Report, however, didn’t state that terracing was intrinsically unsafe and it could even be argued that it has been used by bigger clubs to artificially inflate ticket prices. Safe standing works perfectly well in Germany, a model of how to run the game in so many ways, and there is nothing inherently unsafe about terracing. With this in mind, Don Foster, the MP for Bath and Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Policy Committee on Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport has launched a Safe Standing Bill that is due for its second parliamentary reading in June. The Premier League is against it and the government appears at best lukewarm on the subject, but what slight chance that we might have of changing their minds might come if we, as supporters, can express our support for the bill. The FSF has, therefore, started a petition that you can sign if you agree that we, as supporters, should be given the choice of whether we sit or stand at matches, no matter what league they are...

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Bruce Winfield

The death of Bruce Winfield on Monday at the age of sixty-one marks the end of a short spell as the co-owner of Crawley Town, but supporters of the club are paying lavish tribute to a man that reinvented the club in the last months of his life. After several years of seemingly perpetual financial crisis, Winfield’s revolution began at the start of July. Since then, few of the club’s supporters could have even dreamed of the way that this season would pan out. The first non-league club to reach the Fifth Round of the FA Cup since 1994 and all but promoted into the Football League, this has been a dream season for Crawley Town. There has, at times, been criticism of the way that the club has gone about things since its new-found largesse has arrived, but it is worth remembering that none of this criticism could be levelled at Winfield himself. He was a supporter of the club for half a century, the club’s old Town Mead ground as well as their new Broadfield Stadium, and his interpretation of how he and his wife could best help his club was to clear its debts and bring in investment that was the envy of most lower division Football League clubs and almost all non-league clubs. Their success this season on its own has on its own underwritten...

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