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Villa Stand For Terrace Trial

The topic of safe standing appears every now and then, and Villa have again stated their support for such a trial.

Speaking to the press, Paul Faulkner said on the idea of holding a series of small trials (to which Villa have said they would host such a trial):

'We have had a number of good discussions and meetings with the Football Supporters' Federation over the past 12 months and fully support their campaign to allow small scale trials of safe standing areas at grounds. Whenever we have discussed the topic with our fans we've found almost unanimous support for such a trial, and the concept of giving fans the choice to decide to either sit or stand at a game. We believe Villa Park could be a potential venue for such a trial, and would like the opportunity to progress the plans further.'

Safe standing has figured regularly at the SCG meetings and it's certainly time for a change with Hillsborough obviously figuring highly in the news of late. As Peter Daykin, Safe Standing Coordinator at the FSF rightly points out:

'Standing was outlawed on grounds of safety, and yet successive governments have agreed that standing is safe - it's hard not to when it's done perfectly safely every week at rugby grounds, lower league football grounds and in top football leagues all around world.'

Many point to Germany as an example, not just for safe standing, but football as a customer market at large, so why don't we give fans the choice?

For those further interested in this MP Roger Godsiff has also submitted an early day motion to Parliament urging the Government to 'accept the case for introducing, on a trial basis, limited standing areas' in support of the FSF's campaign.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 26 2012

Time: 4:07PM

Your Comments

This ones going to be interesting...
revdpete
stand up if you hate man u....
malacaxeta
would be good to see it back in my humble. No longer for me sadly, I'm just sooooo old, but still, used to love the old Holte End, I know they won't do things on that scale again but for those of us who remember, happy days!
The Fear
The 7th of May, 1994. A very sad day indeed. That black day when our beloved Holte End died. Liverpool the visitors for the last game to take place at Brum B6 before the Holte End was demolished. In excess of 19,000 villans stood on the Holte for the very last time, an end that I personally first set foot upon back in February of 1962, a Wednesday night first division fixture vs Tottenham (a 0-0 draw). Only the previous Saturday had I made my first ever visit to Villa Park, when I stood in the Trinity Road enclosure, pressed up against the railings, for the visit of Charlton Athletic in the fifth round of the F.A. Cup. That was a great personal experience, my first Aston villa game, but my first appearance on the Holte took things to a whole new level. Of course no singing or chanting at that Spurs game, the original 'Holte End Gang' as the Birmingham Evening Mail christened us, hadn't yet come into being. The formation of the Holte End choir was still two or three seasons away at that time. Who can remember the Villa compere for that May 7th '94 game leading the crowd in a bit of community singing pre-game? Liverpool the visitors, so the clown (his name escapes me at the moment, Dave something or other I believe it was) opted to sing, You'll never Walk Alone'. You couldn't make it up. Of course we won the game 2-1 thanks to two second half Dwight Yorke goals, but the result that day was of secondary important. The magical old Holte End was no more.
glensider
The Holte End did not die. Ridiculous. Personally, its great if your 6 '2 like myself but if your'e not that tall then you don't get to see a lot when you're standing. We stand quite a lot in L8 anyway. Back in the day when we scored you'd end up being thrown about ten flights down. It was a buzz but it was over crowded at times and also not greatly safe, especially when you got smashed against the barriers.
Villa_Grizzly
 

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