UK time is: 03:43:14
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

The Common Sense Option

Many of you may know that the campaign for safe standing at grounds is hitting its stride recently, with over 10 clubs signing up for trial versions of the 'rail seating' method used in some places in Germany.

Why do 9/10 fans believe this should be introduced? Firstly, gathering vocal, mainly younger supporters in a single area of the ground, all standing, without doubt improves atmosphere. This was seen at the Maribor and Panathanaikos games through the 1882 movement (a separate topic but if you dont know about it I would reccommend you look it up and give it a go! Next game they're doing is the Coventry one in block 30) and is generally accepted as true (look at our away support).

If you don't think that atmosphere at a football match is a good thing then I don't really know what to do with you tbh... except to say that at our home games recently the atmosphere has been appalling from the very start, and look how good our home records been! Coincidence? People talk about making the Lane into a fortress again. Well, that starts with the fans. Why do Stoke have such an impressive home record and poor away one? Because the Britannia is one of the loudest and most intimidating home grounds in the league thats why!

My two main arguments centre around two things that anyone who goes to the Lane regularly will recognise as problems needing to be fixed: 1.Conflict with stewards. At a football match I want to stand and sing my heart out for the entire game and I know many people feel as I do. I get threatened with ejection from the Lane around every other game, depending on where I'm sitting and being treated like a criminal for simply wanting to show passion at a football match is, for me, ridiculous. The stewards in the Park Lane are only doing their job, but when stewards threaten you with ejection and criminal prosecution for simply standing up, things tend to get heated and resentment is created, sometimes outright abuse of stewards. A standing area dramatically reduces this tension and allows both stewards and vocal fans to have a more peaceful game.

2. Choice. This, for me, is the key point. I totally accept that some people do not want to stand and sing for an entire game, and that these people are inconvenienced or irritated by yobs like me who do. A standing area gives those that want to stand an area to do so and those that are inconvenienced by said standers the freedom to do as they will. I fail to see how this is not the common sense option!? Everyone is happy and watching a great game of football without any of the tension that is created at the Lane at the moment. There are other arguments such as cost. In Germany, where they have pioneered standing in the last 20 years, the average price of a ticket is 17 pounds.

In the kop stand at Dortmund where 25,000 people stand and create one of the best atmospheres in the world, I read recently that you get tickets there for around 10 pounds. I don't know about you, but I could sure do with football matches being that cheap!!! This is largely due to the standing areas, where tickets are cheaper. The stadiums get an increased capacity, so any cost is gained back through extra tickets sold. How does that not make sense???

Lastly, if you feel as I do, what can you do? Well, on a purely Spurs related basis you can email daniel.levy@tottenhamhotspur.com sharing your thoughts to the club. If a major club like ours were to support safe standing trials it would be a massive victory for the campaign. Similarly you can sign the Fighting Cocks survey which they will send to the club. On a more general note go to the Football Supporters Federation website where you will find a safe standing petition and also a way to email your MP about the cause, which is being tabled in parliament at the moment. Happy to hear your opinions!

Written by Wiltshirespur




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The journalist

Writer: Wiltshirespur Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 12 2012

Time: 3:53PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Spurs Articles

The Shape OF Things To Come? (Friday January 23 2015)

FA Cup 4th Rd: Spurs vs Leicester. (Friday January 23 2015)

Sane or Sentimental? (Friday January 23 2015)

Is it Digital or Analogue? (Friday January 23 2015)

Big Deal for Ryan Mason! (Thursday January 22 2015)

Capt. Ade: Madness or Masterstroke? (Thursday January 22 2015)

Carroll to Join Naughton? (Wednesday January 21 2015)

Tottenham Hotspur vs Sheffield United. (Wednesday January 21 2015)

Archived Spurs Articles

List All Vital Spurs Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Highgatespur 426
2. Spursex 385
3. 80deg16minW 380
4. MAN ON! 237
5. Spurfect11 207
6. Real Deal 203
7. Jables 196
8. Big Chiv 180
9. spursgirl_4_life 180
10. Kinygerbils 177

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Spurs 2 - 1 Sunderland
Crystal Palace 2 - 1 Spurs
Spurs 5 - 3 Chelsea
Spurs 0 - 0 Man Utd
Leicester City 1 - 2 Spurs
Spurs 2 - 1 Burnley

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
3. Southampton 22 13 3 6 21 42
4. Man Utd 22 11 7 4 15 40
5. Arsenal 22 11 6 5 14 39
6. Spurs 22 11 4 7 2 37
7. West Ham 22 10 6 6 10 36
8. Liverpool 22 10 5 7 4 35
9. Swansea 22 8 6 8 -4 30

Breaking League News

Monk: I Don`t Want Another Striker
Swansea : 24/01/2015 23:01:00
Pellegrini - We Have No FA Cup Excuse
Man City : 24/01/2015 20:13:00
Comeback Delighted Pearson
Leicester City : 24/01/2015 20:02:00
Pardew Delighted With Palace Win amp; Progression
Crystal Palace : 24/01/2015 19:49:00
Chamakh Delighted With FA Cup Brace
Crystal Palace : 24/01/2015 19:35:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Your Prediction for Spurs v Leicester?
Suggested By:  Vital Spurs
Spurs Win! 69%
Draw & Replay. 18%
Leicester win... 13%