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Mat Kendrick of www.birminghammail.net has picked up on the Supporters Consultation Meeting held on Saturday before the Everton match.

At it, CEO Paul Faulkner asked those who attended, if they would like Villa to explore more fully the return of standing sections at Villa Park.

Lee Lindsay represented Vital Villa on Saturday. He explained:

First of all Faulkner asked us one. He wanted to know what we felt about a standing area. It appears Villa are keen to approach this but with caution. A section of 500 or so seats will be changed to the drop down/bench format potentially so still compliant for UEFA games (not like we will be seeing any in the near future!).... this is early stages but likely to go ahead.

Read more on SCG in the forum: Click Here

It appears they have decided to try to get the corner of the Holte End and Trinity Road stand as the area to start with:

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Paul has had preliminary talks with the Premier League and also the Supporters Federation (who have long since campaigned for a return to standing areas)

As Mat says in the Mail For Villa`s standing scheme to go ahead, it would require a change to the existing law, which was introduced in the early 1990s following Lord Justice Taylor`s report into the Hillsborough disaster. Adding that the SPL last month agreed to a return to safe standing areas in their stadiums.

Forum thread on safe standing: Click Here




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 18 2012

Time: 10:36AM

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Forget gimmicks like this to make the atmosphere at VP better. One simple solution. Change managers !!!
ByEck
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18/01/2012 10:44:00

It would certainly help towards making a better atmosphere also it should be cheaper to watch the match standing, i missed out on the experiance of standing at matches in the older days, maybe a change of manager and some cash to replace collins dunne and warnock and heskey would also contribute some way to getting the buzz back at VP!
clivethevillan
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18/01/2012 10:51:00

Deckshairs,Titanic,rearranging....sorry about the cliché but he asked for it.
Hifriedelity
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18/01/2012 10:52:00

Was gonna pretty much write word for word what ByEck said.
SchoolBoyError
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18/01/2012 11:09:00

we can talk about safe standing without this manager. He'll go one day, this is a different issue. Cheers.
The Fear
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18/01/2012 11:14:00

and when that day comes we`ll have a ,standing ovation!!!!
paul muldrew
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18/01/2012 11:58:00

Ha ha nice one Paul. How is making one section standing going to improve the atmosphere anyways?? most of our songs start from the Holte Upper. Is the thinking behind this that standing section will also start signing and the rest of the ground follow? if it is for only 500 how much difference will it make ??
ByEck
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18/01/2012 12:11:00

500 vocal fans freed to stand and party like the old days would make a huge difference to the atmosphere.
AVbornandbred
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18/01/2012 13:05:00

Here's hoping. It might make the atmosphere less vocal though in the areas where the fans previosuly watched the matches. Unless of course they are fans that would not normally have attended and those in the witton lane upper. They can't be less vocal if they tried ...
ByEck
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18/01/2012 13:19:00

it would also be a great place then to orchestrate the songs and that would get the rest of the Holte going (which could then catch on around the ground) ((and yes, I know, not under this current manager etc etc!)
The Fear
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18/01/2012 13:23:00

agree by eck sit in upper witton lane great view but pants atmophere somtimes they have been known to even standup when we score around us
barnsleyvilla
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18/01/2012 20:51:00

Ha ha. same barnsleyvilla. I take the old man to the games and he has always sat in that stand and wont budge. Can hear a pin drop at times. Unless of course a player makes a mistake and then the moaning starts which is as loud as it get's ....
ByEck
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19/01/2012 09:39:00

Innovate or we will evaporate - this is a good idea. We have to try and stay one step ahead of the game or we'll get nowhere with our current resources. This is very good news and lets hope legislation can be overturned in the UK promptly.
thekentvillan
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19/01/2012 14:16:00

I'm all for the standing up idea and taking it back to the olden times to make the atmosphere better, but surely we can do other things first. for example, i've been a season ticket holder in the holte for 5 years now and saturdays game was the lowest it has been with nearly 10,000 less than the average gate we used to get. Why an earth would we want to put a poxy 500 fans in a corner to stand up when we could reduce ridiculous prices first and refill the stands to make the better atmosphere! More fans in the holte will mean more songs and motivate the players (in theory...)
holteendewitty
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19/01/2012 18:43:00

kentvillan - couldn't have put it better myself.
voiceoftheholte
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19/01/2012 23:54:00

If the product is good enough, people will find a way to pay what's asked. If it's not, then they won't - no matter how much cheaper. After seeing Saturday's game I think our board are wrongly assuming that our fans are daft and will keep coming and keep paying. Certainly in my case, think again. 100 miles is a long way to come and have my time and £25 (yes the cheapest seat and the entertainment wasn't even worth half that) wasted in this fashion. Never witnessed the ground so quiet since '85. The board are living in constant denial.
Windy Villain
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20/01/2012 20:56:00

 

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