U's supporters call for talks over safe standing issue

All stand - U's fans at the Weston Homes Community Stadium this season. Picture: LOUISE SMITH (CO82083-01)

All stand - U's fans at the Weston Homes Community Stadium this season. Picture: LOUISE SMITH (CO82083-01)

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Colchester United supporter Bryn Griffiths has called for chairman Robbie Cowling to meet with fans to discuss the issue of safe standing.

Griffiths, who produces The Mighty U's fanzine, began watching the U's on the Barside, at Layer Road.

He is keen to see the club introduce an official standing area for the first time at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

For our two-page feature on the debate over safe standing in football, including the views of U's general manager Tim Waddington, see Wednesday's Gazette.

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6:36pm Wed 19 Feb 14

angryman!!! says...

Fill in the corners with safe standing. Two birds one stone!
Fill in the corners with safe standing. Two birds one stone! angryman!!!
  • Score: 13

8:39pm Wed 19 Feb 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

I agree Angryman but unfortunately it won't happen. If we have a standing area, I'd bet he would convert sections of the South stand with the lower part seating and standing at the upper level.
I agree Angryman but unfortunately it won't happen. If we have a standing area, I'd bet he would convert sections of the South stand with the lower part seating and standing at the upper level. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 2

9:50pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Bristol City are looking at Rail seats, like those used at some grounds in countries including Austria, Germany and Sweden. They are used by a number of teams and in Germany's Bundesliga, including Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund, Hamburg and Werder Bremen

The seats can be unlocked or locked, to create either a standing or seated area and the rail element provide relitavely safe standing. In Germany, the seats are put up for league games to allow standing but lowered for European matches where all seater stadiums are a UEFA requirement.
Bristol City are looking at Rail seats, like those used at some grounds in countries including Austria, Germany and Sweden. They are used by a number of teams and in Germany's Bundesliga, including Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund, Hamburg and Werder Bremen The seats can be unlocked or locked, to create either a standing or seated area and the rail element provide relitavely safe standing. In Germany, the seats are put up for league games to allow standing but lowered for European matches where all seater stadiums are a UEFA requirement. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 7

10:28pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Noah4x4 says...

Without German style rail seats; I suspect it would be impossible at WHCS. Surely the stands are far too steep for safe standing. Hence, this would cost millions.

I just think some folk have their priorities wrong. If we had this sort of money (and the 'Fair Play' turnover to allow us to spend it); I could think of many more valuable investments; such as players and improved drainage....and why should Robbie Cowling be expected to dip in his pocket given the moans he suffers from a minority.
Without German style rail seats; I suspect it would be impossible at WHCS. Surely the stands are far too steep for safe standing. Hence, this would cost millions. I just think some folk have their priorities wrong. If we had this sort of money (and the 'Fair Play' turnover to allow us to spend it); I could think of many more valuable investments; such as players and improved drainage....and why should Robbie Cowling be expected to dip in his pocket given the moans he suffers from a minority. Noah4x4
  • Score: 2

1:33am Thu 20 Feb 14

Boris says...

Noah is right, the steps at the WHCS are far too steep for standing to be safe. Maybe Angryman's new stands at the corners could have shallow, wide steps to allow for safe standing. But there is no serious prospect of that happening. And, as Noah says, there are plenty more important things to spend money on.
Noah is right, the steps at the WHCS are far too steep for standing to be safe. Maybe Angryman's new stands at the corners could have shallow, wide steps to allow for safe standing. But there is no serious prospect of that happening. And, as Noah says, there are plenty more important things to spend money on. Boris
  • Score: 6

1:46pm Thu 20 Feb 14

stevedawson says...

Who paid for the death trap in the first place.they should be made to bring it up to standard seated or otherwise.
Who paid for the death trap in the first place.they should be made to bring it up to standard seated or otherwise. stevedawson
  • Score: -3

1:58pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

stevedawson wrote:
Who paid for the death trap in the first place.they should be made to bring it up to standard seated or otherwise.
Think you will find the building meets FA standards for an all seater stadium. Cuckoo Farm stadium was designed and built by a recognised stadia developer, BARR.
[quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: Who paid for the death trap in the first place.they should be made to bring it up to standard seated or otherwise.[/p][/quote]Think you will find the building meets FA standards for an all seater stadium. Cuckoo Farm stadium was designed and built by a recognised stadia developer, BARR. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 3

2:33pm Thu 20 Feb 14

United we stand says...

For goodness sake! Some of you need to get a grip and stop finding things to gripe about all the while. Better you place your bum on your seat, bob up & down excitedly when needed...AND GET BEHIND THE TEAM, MANAGEMENT & OWNER!
For goodness sake! Some of you need to get a grip and stop finding things to gripe about all the while. Better you place your bum on your seat, bob up & down excitedly when needed...AND GET BEHIND THE TEAM, MANAGEMENT & OWNER! United we stand
  • Score: 1

4:19pm Thu 20 Feb 14

gilberdian says...

The infilled corners would make marvellous standing areas. I'm afraid that it will be on a long timescale, though. Certainly wouldn't rule out fundraising by the fans, too, and a facility attached. You gotta have a dream!
The infilled corners would make marvellous standing areas. I'm afraid that it will be on a long timescale, though. Certainly wouldn't rule out fundraising by the fans, too, and a facility attached. You gotta have a dream! gilberdian
  • Score: -1

6:00pm Thu 20 Feb 14

angryman!!! says...

Agree with the last comment maybe even if it was the south stand, build it over a bar, that is desperately needed, and hey ho we've got the barside back. We've a supporter driven find raiser, sponsorship, revenue from bar, money from fa etc maybe not as unrealistic a dream as people make out.
Agree with the last comment maybe even if it was the south stand, build it over a bar, that is desperately needed, and hey ho we've got the barside back. We've a supporter driven find raiser, sponsorship, revenue from bar, money from fa etc maybe not as unrealistic a dream as people make out. angryman!!!
  • Score: 0

7:26pm Thu 20 Feb 14

uptheu's says...

I mainly agree with the majority of what has been written above. However, if the WHCS is to remain all-seater, then I think the club need to look again at the over-zealous stewarding, particularly in the South Stand. When the U's score, those of us who stand up to celebrate are always given the eyeball, particularly from the steward supervisor. Why is it, that when the "big" teams like Leeds a couple of years ago, Portsmouth last season, Coventry etc, are virtually ignored by the stewards, because they are not brave enough to tell 3,000 Leeds fans to sit down?
I mainly agree with the majority of what has been written above. However, if the WHCS is to remain all-seater, then I think the club need to look again at the over-zealous stewarding, particularly in the South Stand. When the U's score, those of us who stand up to celebrate are always given the eyeball, particularly from the steward supervisor. Why is it, that when the "big" teams like Leeds a couple of years ago, Portsmouth last season, Coventry etc, are virtually ignored by the stewards, because they are not brave enough to tell 3,000 Leeds fans to sit down? uptheu's
  • Score: 1

2:08am Fri 21 Feb 14

Boris says...

United we stand wrote:
For goodness sake! Some of you need to get a grip and stop finding things to gripe about all the while. Better you place your bum on your seat, bob up & down excitedly when needed...AND GET BEHIND THE TEAM, MANAGEMENT & OWNER!
Heil Hitler!
[quote][p][bold]United we stand[/bold] wrote: For goodness sake! Some of you need to get a grip and stop finding things to gripe about all the while. Better you place your bum on your seat, bob up & down excitedly when needed...AND GET BEHIND THE TEAM, MANAGEMENT & OWNER![/p][/quote]Heil Hitler! Boris
  • Score: 0

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