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    D.unstable wrote:
    lutondown wrote:
    DuffmanWFC wrote:
    If standing came back it will end up being a let down as it sounds all great reminiscing about the good old days but after you've been once or twice to the standing zones you'll end up going back to your seats thinking what was all the hype and fuss about with standing!
    Not being funny but the only reason the atmosphere was apparently better during the terracing years is that football was a lower end working men's sport that was cheap to attend and the young men of the 70s and 80s got wasted on booze as it was also only a quid or so a pint!
    Has everybody forgot that those years were the worst for violence and racism in football! Good riddance they've gone!
    Football has moved on due to its financial rewards and its multi multi millionaire owners that want nice safe stadiums with players with skill that promote the club world wide!
    Lower end working man? Outrageous. The price was relative. Elton John was pretty rich. And I always thought the Vic looked great full and noisy. Football is now no richer, just seriously up to its knees in debt.
    Sorry Duffster, things weren't perfect I grant you, but it was a lot more real than today's sanitised version.
    The cost of living was probably not much different to the current day. If it was that cheap, could have bought 3 Council houses.

    Watched Watford from the late seventies and some of my best memories are of packed terracing, Villa Park semi, The Valley, Kennel5hit Road in the cages. I wouldn't personally go back to it, but if safe do not see the problem with having a small area of safe standing, just for the peasants!!! Maybe below the seating area so that we can drop our leftovers and coffee slops on them.
    That's the idea, it would be full of us council house types! Swigging cheap beer and clubbing ourselves silly. Bit like being at home with the pack, I mean family."
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Watford one of the clubs open to the idea of safe standing at football grounds

Watford are one of the clubs who are open to the idea of 'safe standing' being implemented in English football, the Football Supporters' Federation has claimed.

The FSF have described the Hornets as "supporters" of safe standing but we understand that a fairer reflection of the club's stance is that they are open to the idea of safe standing, so neither for or against it at present.

Standing at the highest level of English football was stopped after the Taylor Report was published in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster.

This led to clubs in the top two divisions being forced to refurbish or rebuild their stadia to make them safer, which included all-seater stadiums.

A case for 'safe standing' was presented in Westminster today, with Aston Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner and West Midlands Police Force Superintendent Steve Graham among those on the panel making the argument.

Football Supporters' Federation's safe standing co-ordinator, Peter Daykin, told BBC Sport: "We need to find out if it can work and the only way to do that is to trial it.

"The debate about standing has reached a point where both sides are entrenched.

"The bottom line is things have changed dramatically since 23 years ago when the Taylor Report was produced.

"Things have moved on massively in terms of technology and know-how around safety in football grounds."

Mr Daykin added: "What we are calling for is a number of small-scale trials at Premier League clubs up and down the country.

"Then experts, safety officers and the police can see how it works in a modern context."

Margaret Aspinall, the chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group and whose son died at Hillsborough had this to say on the matter: "There are 96 reasons why it should not be allowed.

"Standing should never, ever come back. I do not think there is anything safe about standing.

"I feel insulted that people are trying to fight for justice for Hillsborough while this campaign is growing."

The 13 English league clubs who the FSF claim support safe standing are Aston Villa, Brentford, Bristol City, Burnley, Cardiff City, Crystal Palace, Derby County, Doncaster Rovers, Hull City, Peterborough United, Plymouth Argyle, Watford and AFC Wimbledon.

The proposal is to introduce 'rail seats' in a section of some Premier League grounds as part of a trial. Such seats are currently used in other European countries like Germany and they have a safety barrier and a flip-down seat on every other row.

The seats can be locked in an upright position, meaning two rows of supporters can stand in between the barriers, which it is claimed reduces the danger of a crush. And they can become all-seater venues when required.

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