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?
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