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FansBet Sponsorship completes Shrewsbury Town’s Safe Standing Crowdfunding Campaign

In an historic achievement, Shrewsbury Town Football Club are one step closer to being the first club in England & Wales to introduce safe standing at their Montgomery Waters Meadow stadium, following the successful completion of their crowdfunding campaign thanks to a considerable contribution from FansBet.

FansBet, whose ambassador is former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson, said of their contribution to the campaign “We know exactly how important the issue of safe standing is to fans in helping generate the correct environment to enjoy watching football for supporters young and old.”

The campaign, spearheaded by the Shrewsbury Town Supporters’ Parliament in partnership with the Club and sports fanfunding specialists Tifosy, raised more than £65,000 through contributions from almost 1,000 fanfunders.

Reflective of the national demand for safe standing, the crowdfunding campaign drew in support from fans and supporters’ groups up and down the country, transcending traditional club loyalties. 

Speaking of the achievement, Roger Groves of the Shrewsbury Town Supporters’ Parliament said “This is a remarkable achievement by the hundreds of fans and sponsors, especially FansBet, who have paved the way for the thousands more to bring standing back to matchdays at their clubs. I am very proud that Shrewsbury Town has been at the heart of this”.

Brian Caldwell, Shrewsbury Town CEO, added “We are delighted that Shrewsbury Town will be the flagship club in addressing this issue, which is so important to so many fans. We will now continue the process to introduce rail seating in the Salop Leisure Stand at the Montgomery Waters Meadow, and we hope to have supporters watching home games from the safe standing area before the end of the season”.

Safe standing has been something that fans nationwide have campaigned to see introduced for many years, as government policy currently prohibits many clubs from offering supporters the chance to stand. As one of the few clubs with an all-seater ground able to introduce a rail seating section, Shrewsbury Town will now lead the way in making the case for a change in policy and adding a standing option to the matchday experience for all clubs and fans.

Chelsea Supporters Trust ‘Virtual’ Special General Meeting June 22nd 2017

The Chelsea Supporters Trust ‘Virtual’ Special General Meeting was held at 7:30 pm on-line via www.mixlr.com/chelsea-fancast on Thursday 22nd June

It gives members who have been unable to attend SGMs this season in person a chance to hear what the Trust has been engaged with on their behalf and to ask questions via email beforehand or on the chat page whilst listening in.

The meeting started with the ‘Chairman’s Report’ where updates were provided on the Trust’s recent activities on behalf of the members on supporters issues and the forthcoming AGM and Elections in August.

We are currently busy collating the answers to the Annual Survey and Ramzi Shammas was on hand to provide us with an update. The survey finishes on June 30th so if you have not completed it yet please go to www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CST-survey-2017

Richard Weekes talked about the Trust’s various activities to improve the Atmosphere at Stamford Bridge and Dan Silver reported back and answered questions about our links with and issues for overseas members.

If you would like to become a member of the Chelsea Supporters Trust then go to chelseasupporterstrust.com/join-us/ fill in the details and then scroll down to choose ‘Individual Voting Member’ on the subscribe button which will take you to Paypal.

Trust Statement regarding the proposed Stamford Bridge Redevelopment

Statement regarding the proposed Stamford Bridge Redevelopment

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust representative was pleased to attend the recent Fans Forum meeting which focussed on the proposed redevelopment of Stamford Bridge.

Questions regarding plans for the much heralded redevelopment of Stamford Bridge were put to members of the Club’s Board and the design team responsible for the redevelopment of the new stadium.

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust are delighted that the plans for the new stadium seem to be progressing well and that there were satisfactory responses to many of the concerns and issues that supporters have raised.

However, the recent issues with the transition of West Ham United from the Boleyn Ground to the London Stadium serve as a timely reminder about potential problems when moving stadium and increasing capacity.

It appears that many of the issues West Ham are facing might have been resolved had dialogue been held with supporters before the move. It should be noted that West Ham are one of the only Premier League clubs who do not have a Supporters’ Trust.

We firmly believe that consulting with Chelsea supporters and their representatives prior to the re-development of Stamford Bridge (and temporary move whilst this happens) will result in potential problems being avoided.

For this reason and acting on our mandate,  the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust will continue to press the Club to introduce ‘Safe Standing’ areas within the new stadium so that those who wish to stand whilst attending Chelsea matches at Stamford Bridge are able to do so.

The ‘rail seating’ system advocated by the ‘Safe Standing campaign’ has, this season, been introduced by Celtic Football Club at their Parkhead ground and has proved, beyond any doubt, that it is indeed a safe way of enabling supporters to stand whilst enjoying top-flight professional football matches. It is something that is undeniably beneficial to the atmosphere at games and we are disappointed that the Club’s safety team currently believe that it is not safe when the evidence would suggest otherwise.

The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust will look to host the ‘Safe Standing’ roadshow again this season in the hope that as many supporters as possible can be informed as to the benefits and viability of safe standing.

In addition, we will continue to press for like-minded supporters to be located together, as far as is practicable, to both enhance the atmosphere and to avoid the problems relating to re-location that West Ham fans have faced which has led to confrontations between their own supporters.

Chelsea Supporters’ Trust will also continue to campaign for equitable and affordable pricing to be introduced at the rebuilt Stamford Bridge which will ensure that different categories of supporters such as children, young adults up to the age of 25-years of age and those of a pensionable age are able to attend matches without being excluded by prohibitively expensive ticket prices.

The above statement can be downloaded as a PDF here.

The full minutes of the Fans’ Forum meeting of 12 September 2016 can be downloaded as a PDF here or can be found on the club’s web site.

Safe Standing Roadshow Report

Safe Standing Roadshow Report

Last Saturday 19th April, the Chelsea Supporters Trust, in conjunction with the cfcuk fanzine, hosted the Safe Standing Roadshow on Fulham Road before the Sunderland game. This roadshow was privately presented to the club a couple of months ago and we thought it important that the most important people at any club, the supporters, should have a similar chance to enhance their understanding of the Safe Standing initiative, especially given the current Safe Standing survey open to Chelsea supporters.

We are pleased to say that over a period of nearly five hours, hundreds of Chelsea supporters took the opportunity to see for themselves what ‘rail seating’ looks like, to test it out and to engage with Jon Darch of the Football Supporters’ Federation, who co-ordinates the roadshow and expends a huge amount of energy as an ambassador for Safe Standing. There were some excellent discussions and it is clear that many supporters now have a much clearer understanding of what Safe Standing is (and also what it is not, for example it is not a return to 70’s style terracing).

For those unable to attend the roadshow, there is more information on Safe Standing here.

The roadshow in action on the day.

At some point in the future, it seems pretty likely that either Stamford Bridge will be redeveloped or (and the CST hopes this is not the case) Chelsea Football Club move to a new ground. In either case, we believe that the provision of rail seating in designated parts of the stadium would improve atmosphere. By having designated standing areas for domestic games (for Champions League matches the rail seating can quickly be turned into seats) it would also be easier for the club to prevent ‘persistent standing’ elsewhere in the ground.

It is a shame that the Fans Forum were not invited by the club to see the roadshow at one of their meetings, as Safe Standing would arguably seem to be of more strategic importance than purely housekeeping issues covered in the latest minutes such as smoking in the Shed End toilets or the availability of matchday food in the MHU.

The roadshow at Chelsea is part of a wider engagement process involving many clubs and their supporters, with a view to influencing them, and the Premier League, of the real benefits Safe Standing would bring. It is clear that some clubs, for example Aston Villa and Manchester United, have shown a real interest in installing Safe Standing in parts of their grounds. The Fans Forum minutes state that “the club doesn’t consider itself to be leading a campaign for this change” but that doesn’t mean they are overtly negative on the issue.

Rail Seating as installed at Hannover 96’s HDI-Arena

It is to be fervently hoped that the Premier League discusses the issue at a forthcoming meeting and, as a result, give the green light for such facilities to be installed at grounds. It is a mistake to believe that legislation is needed before it can be used in football grounds – Jon Darch advises it is a only change in regulation that is actually required.

Many thanks to Jon for bringing the roadshow to Stamford Bridge and for his energy and enthusiasm in engaging with so many Chelsea supporters.

The Safe Standing survey for Chelsea supporters, endorsed by 20 supporters groups, websites, fanzines etc, is open until this Friday evening, 25th April. It takes five minutes to complete and you can do so at:


Please share the survey link with your Chelsea supporting friends and family.

We will keep our members informed of developments as the Safe Standing initiative gains momentum across English football.


Chelsea Supporters Trust
‘Making Your Voice Heard’
Twitter: @ChelseaSTrust

Safe Standing Roadshow confirmed for Sunderland Game

Safe Standing Roadshow confirmed for Sunderland Game – Saturday 19th April

The Chelsea Supporters Trust, in association with cfcuk fanzine, is pleased to announce that the Safe Standing Roadshow will be present on the Fulham Road before the Sunderland home game on Saturday 19th April from 1pm.

Rail Seating as used in Germany

Organised by Jon Darch from the Football Supporters’ Federation, the Safe Standing Roadshowwill enable Chelsea supporters to see ‘rail seating’ up close and in person. There are a lot of mistruths about what ‘safe standing’ means – for example it would not mean a return to 1970’s style terracing – and this is a chance for you to see it for yourself and ask any questions you may have. Representatives from Chelsea Football Club have already seen the Roadshow and we know it is a subject of interest to many supporters.

The Safe Standing Roadshow will take place near to the cfcuk stall (see in Google Maps) opposite the main entrance to Fulham Broadway tube station from 1pm until shortly before kick off.

More details on Safe Standing can be found here.

Due to the forthcoming Roadshow it has been agreed with the participating organisations to extend the deadline for the Safe Standing Survey for Chelsea Supporters (a joint enterprise between twenty Chelsea supporters’ organisations, websites and podcasts) until Friday 25th April.

This survey can be filled in by anyone at www.safestanding.co.uk

Chelsea Supporters Trust
‘Making Your Voice Heard’

Twitter: @ChelseaSTrust