With a little help from their friends the Arsenal Supporters Trust today launched a survey into current views of Arsenal supporters about the prospect of having a safe-standing trial at the Arsenal.
This is obviously just the first step in a campaign that will take time to come to fruition. As you will have seen on the link above “scoping out the safety, supporter, technical and legislative issues” is not likely to be anything other than a complex task, particularly in relation to the latter.
It doesn’t matter if you are massively in favour or violently opposed to safe-standing. What matters is that your viewpoint is important so please do spare the minute or so it will take to complete.
I have to say it is a subject I have thought long and hard about over many years. Obviously I am of an age to have experienced some of the great terraces in the days before Hillsborough. What is likely to form any trial will bear no relation to those days when large numbers could find themselves being carried some distance by swaying crowds. Today’s all-ticket controls should also prevent tickets falling into the hands of visiting supporters.
The biggest single factor though will be the likely introduction of rail seating and the expectation that the standing areas will replace the current seating on a one for one basis. That will maintain the capacity of the stadium so any decision on pricing will be interesting. Large numbers of fans stand at home, and particularly away, matches today and have to pay full price so that suggests supporters are prepared for such an eventuality. That’s a battle for another day.
I am very much in favour of the trial, although I would also expect that the club should ensure people in all seating areas remain seated should the trial take place. I know from personal experience that ageing parents and young kids don’t appreciate missing half a match because the thoughtless in front of them keep standing up to watch moments of heightened tension. There are great sight-lines from every seat at the Grove so there really is no need.
Anyway, please to click on the link above and then take the survey, please. Thank you.
Heart4More Cookery Challenge
Hector Bellerin, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chuba Akpom and Arsenal Ladies and England forward Danielle Carter have taken part in a cookery challenge, in aid of Heart4More Foundation’s healthy eating campaign and the club have published the video on YouTube.
Heart4More were the benefactors of a grant from the Arsenal Foundation last season. They are a charity which uses the power of football to raise awareness of cardiac health. Do check out the video. I’m not thinking you will get any cookery tips but I’m pretty sure Chuba has just come up with his new catchphrase. Great stuff all.
Classic Football Shirts
A reminder of our new partnership with the excellent classicfootballshirts.co.uk who can be reached in just one click here. I’ve been checking their site out again tonight and there are still some bargains to be had. Check out their clearance section as well as just the Arsenal pages. If you are a collector of ‘different’ shirts then their new line of Sheffield FC gear may be of interest.
Thanks for reading. Roll on Saturday!