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A Right To Stand At St.James’ Park?

10 years ago

Milburn stand, family area, back row, that’s where you will find me every other weekend, getting behind the lads, every home game my vocal chords are strained, perfectly normal hurling abuse at the away fans?

However, when it turns out that I’m wasting my breath on the stewards, it’s very frustrating. I’m talking about standing and how the stewards seem unable to give me a solid answer as to why I am not allowed to stand, yes, I know what you’re thinking…

‘Mate, it’s because people behind you can’t see and ermmm something to do with health and safety’; well you know what, if you’re thinking that well done because that would have been a better answer then I’ve got from about 10 different stewards this year. Their answers seem to end on the word, “errr…”,  that word often  preceded by, “hmm, mmmm because, hmm dunno just sit down or you’re out”.

What?! I’m standing, singing my heart out for Colo and co. and you can’t give me a valid reason to stop? Well in that case trot yourself down those steps and I will carry on when you’re at the bottom…

The atmosphere at St James’ seems to be deteriorating and I think getting everyone to sit is a major contribution. Yes, fair enough, if you’re sitting in front of someone who wants to sit then sit, they have bought themselves a sitting seat and are entitled to it, however I have a wall behind me, an ugly grey wall (that will no doubt soon be covered in tacky S***** D*****advertisements) so what’s wrong with me standing?

Then if I’m up, the people in the row in front also have the right to be up…

Health and safety? I turn my head and there’s between 7 Wigan fans and 2,500 mackems all standing? Are all away fans immune from the dangers of standing?

I’ve been standing most of my life Mr. Steward, I’m pretty sure there’s nothing to worry about…

A Disgruntled Geordie


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