Alan Shearer has come out in support of bringing back standing areas in the top tiers of English football.

The Bundesliga has shown that safe standing areas are exactly that and they have massive terraces full of standing fans producing brilliant atmospheres, generally far better than what you find in the Premier League these days.

Celtic initiated a safe standing trial with 2,900 spaces back in summer 2016 and that proved a big success with the area hugely oversubscribed when it came to supporters trying to buy tickets.

Alan Shearer harks back to his own days as a fan standing in the Gallowgate and predicts that eventually we will see the return of standing areas in the Premier League.

It is never mentioned (in a negative sense – which tells you everything) but there is a club within the top two divisions who have operated with a stadium that has three sides of the ground that are all standing on terraces.

Burton may only have a small stadium but for these past two years they have had fans standing safely watching Championship football, having been giving permission to keep the standing areas for a limited time after promotion.

Any re-introduction of standing would no doubt see PL clubs copying the kind of rail seating or similar that they have in Germany and that Celtic have trialled, to reassure any issues on the safety aspect.

Alan Shearer refers back to last Sunday and Newcastle United beating Man Utd (ED: Never in a million years did Alan Shearer say or write ‘Newcastle went after United’ as Coral have published (see below), no doubt their journalist’s interpretation of his words!), saying: ‘For 90 minutes it was a brilliant atmosphere, probably one of the best they have had there for a long time’.

Shearer is 100% right but the bottom line is that there is very little in between these days and it is all or nothing, without terraced areas to give an atmosphere regardless and sing the whole match no matter what is or isn’t happening on the pitch.

If things aren’t happening  on the pitch then St James Park, like pretty much every other major stadium, is now deathly silent for most of the game, which is crazy considering the size of the crowds now compared to say back in the 80s, when attendances tended to be far lower but atmospheres so much better.

Alan Shearer speaking to Coral:

Last Sunday at St James’ Park, Newcastle went after United in the early stages of the game and that really got the crowd going.

“For 90 minutes it was a brilliant atmosphere, probably one of the best they have had there for a long time.

“I understand there has been a group who have been campaigning to introduce safe standing at Old Trafford.

“As a kid I was brought up going to the Gallowgate end at Newcastle and I loved it.

“I do think safe standing will eventually return to Premier League grounds.

“We have to be very conscious of what has happened in the past but as long as it is safe, I would be all for that.

“However it is likely to take a while before we start seeing clubs ripping out seats from their stadiums.

“One of the grounds I always used to enjoy playing at was Anfield.

“There was always a fantastic atmosphere there, especially at the Kop end. They were very understanding of good football.

“If you played well they respected that. At Old Trafford it was completely different because I got so much stick and abuse!”

  • TheNutJob

    I prefer the leazes end

    • TheNutJob

      Dos cerveza, por favor 🍺🍺
      i know Rafa Benitez

    • pedrodelgardo

      Where Geordies never end……

      • Cockneytrev

        “And all the Chelsea fans lie dead at our feet!!!!”

        • Rich Lawson

          ”We took the Fulwell,we took the Shed,Leaze’s End boot boys left the fkr’s dead”

          • Cockneytrev

            LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA!!!!

    • Rich Lawson

      Still can’t get my head round the Gallowgate not being the away end. Used to love being in the Leazes when it rained and watching their supporters getting drenched

  • GeordieZebra

    No need for the edit. I’ve seen him say ‘united’ to refer to them before. I don’t like it, but hey ho. He can say what the wants in my eyes.

  • Steven05

    The key word should obviously be safe.

    So would all involved be happy with:

    Description – Safe standing areas bringing a better atmosphere and more income through higher attendances and a better spectacle for the world wide audiences?

    Name – Safe standing standing area

    For me it’s a no brainer

  • Taz

    Couldn’t be ar$ed to read it all, but standing is awesome, anyone that goes to away matches or was around in the good old days knows what I mean

  • Jimmy_toons

    Slow or slower news day..

  • Leazes.

    Newcastle went after United?

    What are you talking about Shearer!

  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    It’s arguable whether safe standing provides more capacity. I’ve seen reports saying yes and saying no.

  • toonterrier

    Cant see Shearer standing to watch a game. He’ll be sitting with his rich mates in the posh end.

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      He does not even go packed it in to play golf and watch rugby.

    • Geordiegiants

      One week in the corner Gazza came and stood when he was at Spuds or Lazio I can’t remeber which one. It was mental though.

  • Leicester Mag

    Imagine standing down the road at the Stadium of Light. It would evacuate quicker than an Elephant enema

  • Geordiegiants

    I think just having a cheap pay on the day section and stewards that don’t think they are police officers would probably give a bit of atmoshepere.