Pompey fans urged to back safe standing vision

Some fans would prefer to go back to the old days when standing on the terraces was an option
Some fans would prefer to go back to the old days when standing on the terraces was an option
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Pompey fans are being urged to help safe standing become a reality.

Supporters across the country are currently putting pressure on the Government for the laws over all-seater stadiums to be reviewed.

Instead, they are campaigning for the introduction of one of the systems widely used in Germany.

It involves facilities which easily convert from seating to standing.

They would be ideal as part of any stadium redevelopment Pompey may be considering.

The Safe Standing Roadshow has embarked on a country-wide tour and next month visits Fratton Park.

Supporters will have the chance to air their views on the German solution and look at it in practise.

Taking place on Thursday, October 13, the roadshow is staged by the Football Supporters’ Federation, in conjunction with the Supporters Conference at Pompey.

One of the organisers is Pam Wilkins, a member of the Pompey Supporters’ Trust board.

She also sits on the Pompey Supporters’ Club Central Branch committee.

And she has called on Blues fans to come forward and show their support.

She said: ‘The club were asked at the last Fans’ Conference meeting by myself and Tony Goodall if they would agree to hold this event.

‘It does not mean the club are going to agree with it, they have just kindly agreed to stage it.

‘There are a considerable amount of fans out there who want to stand at football matches.

‘You only have to look at away matches when probably half stand in the visitors’ end, despite there being seats.

‘Even among fans who don’t want standing areas, many would not object to others using it.

‘It’s about having that option.

‘Obviously, some want to sit – but plenty of others want to stand.

‘This is a mock up of a system widely used in Germany.

‘It legally complies with regulations now and could easily be introduced.

‘If the club is considering developing Fratton Park, they should be considering putting these in specific areas – and it would be without any extra cost.

‘Anyone who wants more information or to see how it exactly works can come to Fratton Park on that date and see it for themselves.

‘We will also be on hand to answer any questions the fans may have on the subject.

‘Hopefully, it will be well attended.’

The Safe Standing Roadshow will take place at the Pitch Side Bar, Fratton Park, on Thursday, October 13.

It will be open to all supporters from 5-8pm.

For more information on the project, visit safestandingroadshow.co.uk/home