As the safe standing campaign seems to gather momentum across the UK football scene, we thought a bundle of recent news articles might assist interested parties. Currently research and academic work is lacking from the bundle as it such a topical subject in the UK – although it is popular across Europe – so please suggest, forward or direct us towards any work you know of that would be helpful for people to start.
Whilst academic research and work is limited, the general argument against Safe Standing is concerns over safety, therefore a possible starting point would be Mark James’ recent chapter on Crowd Disorder and Violence in England and Wales. Below are links to news and blog articles relating to Safe Standing you may find useful.
Melrose, Hampton and Manu (2015) – Safety at Sports Stadia
Premier League (2016) Premier League Statement on Safe Standing
Martyn Ziegler (2016) Safe Standing in the Premier League gets a big boost
Owen Gibson (2016) Safe-standing initiative given a lift by Premier League mood swing
Belfast Telegraph (2016) Premier League clubs ask for more information after first talks on standing
Dr David Webber (2016) Safe Standing would be “fitting legacy” to Hillsborough victims
Tony Barret (2016) – Safe Standing Q&A: How does it work, how much does it cost and is it *really* safe?
Dion Fanning (2016) – The Way We Were: The story of terraces and English football
Martin Cloacke (2016) Football: Safe Standing gathering pace, but is it the panacea fan’s think it is?
Daniel Taylor (2016) ‘Safe Standing’ would not be a return to English football’s dark ages
Bryan Swanson (2016) Premier League to discuss ‘safe standing’ next week
Martyn Ziegler (2016) Safe standing in top flight a step closer
Marcus Keppel-Palmer (2014) Stand up for seating: why all seater football stadia should be reconsidered
Matt Slater (2013) Standing at football: Will terraces return to Britain’s top stadiums
Better crowd management needed (2012)
Matt Slater (2008) Lib Dems to debate safe standing
Matt Slater (2007) Lets sit down and talk about standing up
Matt Slater (2007) Calls grow for return of terraces
Kate Hoey interview on the BBC (2000) Football split over terrace return
Welsh Conservatives: Safe Standing: Why Wales can lead the way…
Football Supporters Federation are leading the campaign on safe standing across the UK you can find links to news and blogs regarding safe standing here;
News Articles – for up to date news on safe standing and their campaign
Sport Ground Safety Authority, which includes a number of useful publications:
AGSA – publications
Compiled by Dr Alex Bond