Standing Up For Scunthorpe


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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6 Responses

  1. You mention Port Vale in your article not having to be an all seater stadium. This is factually incorrect as Port Vale is designated an all seater stadium. One half of their Lorne Street Stand is closed and unable to be used because there are no seats in that part of the ground. Only by putting seats in that area can it be used although with a current capacity of the rest of the stadium of over 19,000 there is no urgent need to do this.

  2. Joris Verheul says:

    I would opt for terraces being allowed at ground with a capacity lower than 20,000, or for the capacity of a single terrace not to exceed 5,000. In Britain this would already be a revolutionary step, but it’s still nothing compared to the situation in Germany – Borussia Dortmund’s South Stand terrace accommodates 25,000 without a problem.

    The problem, of course, lies not in the terraces themselves, but with the faulty associations people have with them. Also, it seems to me that upwardly mobile clubs aren’t too fond of terraces, as they don’t fit in with the newly-acquired image of glamour and splendour.

  3. i see no reason why standing areas couldn’t be brought back as long as there were strict rules around how mnay people could stand on them

  4. Micky F says:

    There is nothing about terraces that makes them intrinsically unsafe, there could just as easily be a disaster at a football ground caused by a large number of fans trying to enter/exit a seated area.

    I’ve always had the feeling that terraces were a convenient scapegoat to take the focus away from the criminally inadequate crowd control of the South Yorks Constabulary.

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