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The Return of Standing Areas – What Else Do You Miss In Today’s Football

There have been many changes in football since we all started going to matches. Older supporters will have memories of many customs and traditions associated with the game which have long disappeared from football.

Safe Standing Areas

Following the Hillsborough disaster, all-seater stadiums were made compulsory in the English Premiership from the start of the 1994-95 season as a result of the Taylor Report, which gave recommendations to improve stadium safety. Currently, many fans stand at their seats which creates a safety issue but also brings them into conflict with the stewards and the authorities.

Now, there has been a call for the re-introduction of limited standing areas at grounds in the Premier League and Championship to give fans the option of whether they want to stand or not when they watch a game, a move which it is thought would improve the atmosphere within the grounds.

The current campaign has received considerable backing from fans of all clubs around the country. The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust (THST) supports the campaign to persuade the Government, football authorities and clubs to introduce trials of Safe Standing areas at selected Premier League and Championship football clubs.

Supporters of the move are in favour of the system which is employed in German football where the football clubs see standing as an integral part of fan culture. Every ground provides standing areas with Rail Seats. These are robust metal seats with a high back forming a sturdy rail for safe standing. Fitted in place of normal seats they link together to create a continuous, strong rail right along the row.

The campaign has considerable support and clubs are consulting supporters on the matter but the process is slow and supporters will need patience as they wait for a decision on safe standing areas within our grounds.

What Do You Miss in Modern Football?

For me, I miss the Saturday afternoon 3.00pm kick-off. Tottenham have been badly hit on this in recent seasons with matches selected for television and by their participation in the Europa League on Thursday evenings which necessitates the following weekend’s match to be played on a Sunday.

This season Spurs have had three Saturday 3.00pm kick-offs – 2 at White Hart Lane against Norwich and Crystal Palace and their game at Hull. Of their remaining five home games none will start at what was for decades the traditional time for matches to kick-off. Every league game in the country commencing at that time.

What do you miss from football of years gone by when you first started going to matches?

Let us know in the comments box below.

Tags: Premier League Tottenham Hotspur

  • Logan Holmes

    From Eddie Wright on Facebook:
    that football is not so exciting since the kick offs have been changed
    to different times..Nothing was better than building up to 3pm on a
    Saturday ….Also miss standing around the radio, waiting for the 3rd
    round draw on a Monday for the FA CUP , work & lessons stopped for
    it…Also players treated fans as part of the club, & would be
    allowed to speak to us, & enjoy it….So many things were better, I
    still love football, but loved the old days much more….COYS!!

  • lieutenant

    c’mon! goals glory new state of the art stadium futuristic! yes safe standing lower tiers home fans 3.sides like minimum 60.000 capacity white seating continious symmetry flowing balcony 360 degrees slope up back at one end creating massive single tier but retain flowing symmetry balcony line right around inside collosus!

  • Spurs360

    I think what I miss is football honours being shared around more, as they used to be.
    In 21 years of the Premier League, Manchester United have won it 13 times, due to commercial muscle and SAF. (And, to be fair, due to the class of 92.) Arsenal have won it 3 times, again without financial doping and with AW. Chelsea have won it 3 times, due mainly to RA’s money. Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City have each won it once, again due to owners’ money.
    There was a piece in the Telegraph today about FFP, and it seems clear to me that UEFA and the Premier League will gradually make it bite. But it is expected to hit Chelsea and Manchester City the most. Manchester United have never relied upon owner cash inputs, so their commercial income should ensure that they, and to a lesser extent Arsenal, can carry on as before. But United have a lot of re-building to do, and it will take time, because even without FFP they do not like making big financial losses.
    If Spurs can get their 56,000 stadium, without too much debt, they should have a sporting chance in the honours race. Let’s hope it comes to pass. I believe that it will.