Newcastle fans are united in an attempt to introduce safe standing to help increase the noise at St James Park.

Last week, supporters group WorHyem1892 ran a poll regarding the potential introduction of safe standing at St James Park.

The popular supporters group was set up by passionate fans wanting to help create an electric atmosphere inside the ground, which many felt has been lost during owner Mike Ashley’s reign on Tyneside.

The conclusive results on the poll were announced on Monday this week, and out of 5,520 people who participated, a whopping 86% of Newcastle fans voted in favour of safe standing being introduced.

Wor Hyem have this season introduced a new singing section in the upper regions of the Gallowgate end in block V spreading into block U, however their aim is to eventually create a “black and white wall” across the whole stand.

Football grounds in the top two divisions were made all-seaert by law soon after Lord Justice Taylor’s report into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, as 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives.

Celtic introduced a safe standing trial in July 2016 as a way of improving atmosphere, however it has yet to be introduced in English stadiums.

Shrewsbury Town could be the first English club to trial the rail seating/safe standing, as their proposal for railing to be added at their Greenhous Meadow ground has been approved. The league one club hopes to have the rail seats in order before the end of the current 2017-18 campaign.

The EFL chief executive, Shaun Harvey:

“This is an important step on the journey towards our stated aim of seeing standing in stadiums across the EFL and I wish Shrewsbury Town every success in reaching their crowdfunding target (go here to contribute and/or to read about it)  to support their application.

“The installation of standing accommodation will be popular with the club’s fans and, more widely, will prove a valuable opportunity to assess the use of this form of accommodation at an English football ground.”

It is understood that more than half of Premier League clubs would also be open to the idea of standing areas.

It isn’t just Wor Hyem 1892 who have been working hard to ensure the Magpies benefit from an electric atmosphere.

The noise at St James Park has improved dramatically over the past two seasons after the introduction of Gallowgate flags, who thanks to fan donations turned the Gallowgate end into a sea of black and white.

Following relegation in 2016, Gallowgate flags set up to create a European style atmosphere similar to the Kop end at Borussia Dortmund.

The group say they ‘aim to create a visual display of support for games at St James Park’.

Large displays leading up to kick off helped Rafa Benítez’ men make St James Park feel like a fortress as banners and giant surfer flags were launched.

Anyone who wants to be a part of Wor Hyem’s plans to bring back the noise are urged to get in touch to help bolster the matchday atmosphere.

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  • Paul Patterson

    I think it could be a good idea in principal, however I think asking fans to stand in a whole area of the ground (housing some season ticket holders) might be difficult.
    I think introducing it in the (lower) pitch side area of all the corners could be a way forward or even the pitch side areas behind both goals. However the problem will still be the season ticket holders there that don’t want to stand will have to be moved.

  • Scottpaige

    Don’t question it on Twitter otherwise you just get shouted down. 86% of few thousand said yes not 50000. Poll is misleading.

    I’m not against it but certain ones who just say yes don’t want to here the opinions of others who say take children. I’ve been told if I don’t like the idea “pi*s off to the family area”

    Others think it’s not unreasonable to have the whole Gallowgate end standing. There are two sides this plan but some don’t want to hear it.

    Some of or fans are “we want this and stuff the rest who don’t” attitude. Everyone pays the same as the next man, woman or child. All are entitled to an opinion. Not doubt I will get grief for sticking my neck out on this.

    Not once on Twitter have I been abusive towards anyone but again still get told to basically that why should I question it

    • Steve Smith

      Less than 2% of English clubs partake in the top 4 divisions where sitting is mandatory. Standing is the default way to watch football. It is only a recent phenomenon that sitting has been made mandatory.

      I don’t see why people simply can’t sit in the family enclosure or watch on the tv if they’re so opposed to standing.

      • Scottpaige

        👏👏👏👏 there we go exactly you have proved my point.

        Guess the family area is big enough is it. Watch on TV ??? I rest my case.

        Everybody has a right to an opinion but when you don’t follow the sheep it’s questioned

        • Steve Smith

          Precisely no counter argument whatsoever.

          • Mrkgw

            Get over yourself man.

    • Mrkgw

      I agree with you Scott. Ignore the plonkers that become aggressive when the concept is opposed – absolutely everyone is entitled to a view and that should be respected. We are well shot of standing throughout games.

  • Mrkgw

    Totally against these plans. Additionally, the poll hardly represents the views of Newcastle Supporters as an overwhelming majority will have had no idea that it was taking place. It may well be representative of a group pro-lobbying for standing. Very poor.

    • Scottpaige

      That’s exactly what it is

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    What does Clarko think


    Anything that improves the atmosphere would be a good thing. If I had to move seats for this to happen I would not have a problem with that. My greatest memories are standing in the centre of the Leazes End and the whole end singing. I would love for the younger fans to experience that. Before anybody reminds me, I would not like to see all the different crews fighting each other like happened in the Leazes end.

  • Biggs Darklighter

    Would that increase or decrease the capacity of the stadium?

    • Mayor Vaughn

      Exactly the same, one standing spot for one seat.

    • 1957

      I once went to a seminar on this and the two companies presenting had differing opinions.

      Depending on how the terrace is configured it could give up 80% increase in capacity in standing areas, but this requires major work to the terracing steps, basically adding an extra row to each existing one. Newer stadia can be expensive to reconfigure because the terracing is constructed from pre cast concrete units, I don’t know if this applies to NUFC.

      The second company advocated 1 seat = 1standing place as the only way it could get through the political hurdles.

      Another issue is I believe stadia for European competition must be all seater, so any increase would be lost to fold down seats if / when we returned to European competition. In effect a section with 5000 standing places would potentially be reduced to just under 2800 on European nights.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        Given the biggest issue with Hillsborough was too many in one pen, standing places will need to be allocated by row and place, although that could allow more standing shoulder to shoulder, I think the authorities would be nervous to allow many more standing v seated.

        Can eltic get more in whilst standing?

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    If it came in, great. If I were asked, I’d agree and the club have looked at Celtic’s experiment and generally in favour.

    However, why would any government vote it through?. Like it or not, football has become a lot ‘nicer’ since all seating came in, very little trouble and no deaths due to stadium design, policing issues etc. Why would any government risk this when the game is at its absolute height. Why would clubs that have just spent £800m on all seater stadiums be in favour of reversing that?

  • toonterrier

    No problem with the standing area’s as long as seats are available for us old codgers where the view isn’t spoiled. No longer have a season ticket but when I had it was annoying when people spent most of the game standing up and blocking the game of for those that cant jump up every time we win a corner. Maybe start with standing areas only behind both goals and see how it works out.

    • Scottpaige

      That’s all I ask as well. That everyone is listened to. Some think because a few thousand said yes. Probably in time it will happen in England.

      But has to be done right and fairly. A lot of young children sit in main areas. Some narrow minded think they only belong in family area.

    • Quinny

      just the 2 stands behind the goals , thats all we ask

  • goggsy

    People can’t even be arsed to stand up for “stand up if you love the toon”.It goes down like a led baloon. Maybe try consulting the people who go to matches? Who knows it could be a better gauge.

  • Coble’s Return

    This has to be the way forward. I fully understand the reluctance of many groups, particularly those connected to Liverpool FC to even consider any standing areas within football grounds, but the safe standing zones of 2017 bear no resemblance to the terraces of old. Safe standing at SJP offers two benefits: increased capacity and improved atmosphere. Imagine Dortmund’s yellow wall on the Gallowgate. That would still leave three sides of the ground seated for those who prefer to do so. Given that practically everybody stands at away matches (although I get that some would prefer not to, but have to to see the action) there is clearly demand to do so. Safe standing has to be better than standing in standard seating areas. Time to seriously investigate the demand for this and the practicalities of putting it in place.