U's won't stand for terrace revival at community stadium

U's won't stand for terrace rivival at community stadium

U's won't stand for terrace rivival at community stadium

First published in Countywide

COLCHESTER United has no intention of introducing standing areas at home matches, despite politicians calling for a change in the law.

The Liberal Democrats, ahead of next year’s general election, have pledged support for “safe standing’’ at matches.

But the U’s believe the cost of converting parts of the Weston Homes Community Stadium would be too high to justify changes.

Safe standing areas would see the installation of rail seats at grounds, which could be locked into an upright position to allow standing.

Colchester’s Liberal Democrat MP, Sir Bob Russell, said: “I feel the atmosphere is different at all-seater stadiums and at Layer Road I preferred standing on the terraces to sitting.

“It would be better to have areas so those who want to sit can sit, and those who want to stand can stand.

“I would welcome the option, but I am not sure the stadium in its current configuration would allow it.”

The stadium has a capacity of 10,105, but the average attendance last season was only 3,735.

A club spokesman said introduction of standing areas was unlikely, unless further expansion took place to fill in the corners of the stadium.

Standing is currently banned in the top two divisions of English football, and legal restrictions require newly-built stadia in all divisions to be all-seater.

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11:43am Tue 26 Aug 14

Shrubendlad says...

Russell couldn't eat his Prawn Sandwich standing up!
Russell couldn't eat his Prawn Sandwich standing up! Shrubendlad
  • Score: 17

11:43am Tue 26 Aug 14

angryman!!! says...

Can't have standing, that might generate an atmosphere. And also it would give the stewards one less thing to moan about!
Like having the away fans seperated from home vocal fans by the family stand. Meaning you have no atmosphere but a family stand surrounded by angry men f-ing and blinding? Great decision making. Simply move the away fans to where family stand is now and we could have a some kind of atmosphere, and families would be more likely to take children.
Parents don't want their children listening and seeing that even if it is free for under 11's.
Can't have standing, that might generate an atmosphere. And also it would give the stewards one less thing to moan about! Like having the away fans seperated from home vocal fans by the family stand. Meaning you have no atmosphere but a family stand surrounded by angry men f-ing and blinding? Great decision making. Simply move the away fans to where family stand is now and we could have a some kind of atmosphere, and families would be more likely to take children. Parents don't want their children listening and seeing that even if it is free for under 11's. angryman!!!
  • Score: -9

12:14pm Tue 26 Aug 14

sam vines says...

Oh our MP has come out of the wood work to comment on a non issue.
Oh our MP has come out of the wood work to comment on a non issue. sam vines
  • Score: 9

1:03pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Shrubendlad says...

sam vines wrote:
Oh our MP has come out of the wood work to comment on a non issue.
Light the ground with candles and pour some smog onto the pitch.
Use any "spare" money and pay Wayne Brown to sort this mess out!
[quote][p][bold]sam vines[/bold] wrote: Oh our MP has come out of the wood work to comment on a non issue.[/p][/quote]Light the ground with candles and pour some smog onto the pitch. Use any "spare" money and pay Wayne Brown to sort this mess out! Shrubendlad
  • Score: 10

1:50pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Cufcfan says...

Now this is the clubs chance to encourage people back up to the stadium, would be a great idea to fill just 1 corner in between the east and north stand and fill it with safe standing- it's not massively expensive to do, will add to the atmosphere as you'd have a standing/singing section next to the away fans. Won't happen because as a club we do lack ambition and were scared to stick out neck out and do things like this to progress.
Now this is the clubs chance to encourage people back up to the stadium, would be a great idea to fill just 1 corner in between the east and north stand and fill it with safe standing- it's not massively expensive to do, will add to the atmosphere as you'd have a standing/singing section next to the away fans. Won't happen because as a club we do lack ambition and were scared to stick out neck out and do things like this to progress. Cufcfan
  • Score: -4

4:05pm Tue 26 Aug 14

sandgrounder 1 says...

If you have standing you can fit them all in the dugout

just scrap the club its poor all round
sorry but this season is your last needs a full clear out
If you have standing you can fit them all in the dugout just scrap the club its poor all round sorry but this season is your last needs a full clear out sandgrounder 1
  • Score: 7

4:07pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

sam vines wrote:
Oh our MP has come out of the wood work to comment on a non issue.
Of course this is such an important subject for Bob to comment on.

Pity he doesn't have the same passion for supporting stiffer penalties for those involved in knife crime. As the MP for Colchester, where we have seen two horrendous murders, his silence on the subject has been very noticable.
[quote][p][bold]sam vines[/bold] wrote: Oh our MP has come out of the wood work to comment on a non issue.[/p][/quote]Of course this is such an important subject for Bob to comment on. Pity he doesn't have the same passion for supporting stiffer penalties for those involved in knife crime. As the MP for Colchester, where we have seen two horrendous murders, his silence on the subject has been very noticable. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 16

6:38pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Boris says...

The steps at the Breezeblock Palace are far too steep and narrow to allow people to stand, so this idea is a non-starter.
It's true that there is no atmosphere at the WHCS, everyone agrees. Even a bunch of Donny supporters last Saturday were saying how they used to enjoy coming to Layer Road. Blame the idiots who signed the Gazette's petition to move the club to a new stadium.
The steps at the Breezeblock Palace are far too steep and narrow to allow people to stand, so this idea is a non-starter. It's true that there is no atmosphere at the WHCS, everyone agrees. Even a bunch of Donny supporters last Saturday were saying how they used to enjoy coming to Layer Road. Blame the idiots who signed the Gazette's petition to move the club to a new stadium. Boris
  • Score: 7

7:06pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Shrubendlad says...

Boris wrote:
The steps at the Breezeblock Palace are far too steep and narrow to allow people to stand, so this idea is a non-starter.
It's true that there is no atmosphere at the WHCS, everyone agrees. Even a bunch of Donny supporters last Saturday were saying how they used to enjoy coming to Layer Road. Blame the idiots who signed the Gazette's petition to move the club to a new stadium.
You must agree that Layer Road was an eyesaw and the new houses look quite good. And yes I agree with you about the Layer Road atmosphere-we both "grew up" there. But we are where we are-lets get back to being the "Pride of Anglia" and make "Breezeblock Palace" something to be proud of.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: The steps at the Breezeblock Palace are far too steep and narrow to allow people to stand, so this idea is a non-starter. It's true that there is no atmosphere at the WHCS, everyone agrees. Even a bunch of Donny supporters last Saturday were saying how they used to enjoy coming to Layer Road. Blame the idiots who signed the Gazette's petition to move the club to a new stadium.[/p][/quote]You must agree that Layer Road was an eyesaw and the new houses look quite good. And yes I agree with you about the Layer Road atmosphere-we both "grew up" there. But we are where we are-lets get back to being the "Pride of Anglia" and make "Breezeblock Palace" something to be proud of. Shrubendlad
  • Score: 0

7:24pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Shrubendlad says...

Shrubendlad wrote:
Boris wrote:
The steps at the Breezeblock Palace are far too steep and narrow to allow people to stand, so this idea is a non-starter.
It's true that there is no atmosphere at the WHCS, everyone agrees. Even a bunch of Donny supporters last Saturday were saying how they used to enjoy coming to Layer Road. Blame the idiots who signed the Gazette's petition to move the club to a new stadium.
You must agree that Layer Road was an eyesaw and the new houses look quite good. And yes I agree with you about the Layer Road atmosphere-we both "grew up" there. But we are where we are-lets get back to being the "Pride of Anglia" and make "Breezeblock Palace" something to be proud of.
"Eyesore". The new pad cant spell!
[quote][p][bold]Shrubendlad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: The steps at the Breezeblock Palace are far too steep and narrow to allow people to stand, so this idea is a non-starter. It's true that there is no atmosphere at the WHCS, everyone agrees. Even a bunch of Donny supporters last Saturday were saying how they used to enjoy coming to Layer Road. Blame the idiots who signed the Gazette's petition to move the club to a new stadium.[/p][/quote]You must agree that Layer Road was an eyesaw and the new houses look quite good. And yes I agree with you about the Layer Road atmosphere-we both "grew up" there. But we are where we are-lets get back to being the "Pride of Anglia" and make "Breezeblock Palace" something to be proud of.[/p][/quote]"Eyesore". The new pad cant spell! Shrubendlad
  • Score: 5

10:46pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Carlosfandangles says...

Pride of Anglia....... delusions of grandeur methinks.......
Pride of Anglia....... delusions of grandeur methinks....... Carlosfandangles
  • Score: 2

12:04am Wed 27 Aug 14

Boris says...

Shrubendlad wrote:
Shrubendlad wrote:
Boris wrote:
The steps at the Breezeblock Palace are far too steep and narrow to allow people to stand, so this idea is a non-starter.
It's true that there is no atmosphere at the WHCS, everyone agrees. Even a bunch of Donny supporters last Saturday were saying how they used to enjoy coming to Layer Road. Blame the idiots who signed the Gazette's petition to move the club to a new stadium.
You must agree that Layer Road was an eyesaw and the new houses look quite good. And yes I agree with you about the Layer Road atmosphere-we both "grew up" there. But we are where we are-lets get back to being the "Pride of Anglia" and make "Breezeblock Palace" something to be proud of.
"Eyesore". The new pad cant spell!
Glad to see you recognised your mistake, some people don't even realise they are writing rubbish.
More importantly, I don't agree that Layer Road was an eyesore. And as for the new houses, but I don't care how good they look, they ought not to be there. But I do agree that there is no point in crying over spilt milk, and we have to make the best of the Breezeblock Palace. The perfect soilution would be to get promoted back into the Championship but that is just a dream. Yes it would be nice to be in the same league as ITFC, the Budgies and Southend, and finish above them all, but it happened once in our lifetimes and maybe only our grandchildren will see that happen again.
[quote][p][bold]Shrubendlad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shrubendlad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: The steps at the Breezeblock Palace are far too steep and narrow to allow people to stand, so this idea is a non-starter. It's true that there is no atmosphere at the WHCS, everyone agrees. Even a bunch of Donny supporters last Saturday were saying how they used to enjoy coming to Layer Road. Blame the idiots who signed the Gazette's petition to move the club to a new stadium.[/p][/quote]You must agree that Layer Road was an eyesaw and the new houses look quite good. And yes I agree with you about the Layer Road atmosphere-we both "grew up" there. But we are where we are-lets get back to being the "Pride of Anglia" and make "Breezeblock Palace" something to be proud of.[/p][/quote]"Eyesore". The new pad cant spell![/p][/quote]Glad to see you recognised your mistake, some people don't even realise they are writing rubbish. More importantly, I don't agree that Layer Road was an eyesore. And as for the new houses, but I don't care how good they look, they ought not to be there. But I do agree that there is no point in crying over spilt milk, and we have to make the best of the Breezeblock Palace. The perfect soilution would be to get promoted back into the Championship but that is just a dream. Yes it would be nice to be in the same league as ITFC, the Budgies and Southend, and finish above them all, but it happened once in our lifetimes and maybe only our grandchildren will see that happen again. Boris
  • Score: -1

3:54pm Wed 27 Aug 14

wearebeingwatched says...

Boris wrote:
The steps at the Breezeblock Palace are far too steep and narrow to allow people to stand, so this idea is a non-starter.
It's true that there is no atmosphere at the WHCS, everyone agrees. Even a bunch of Donny supporters last Saturday were saying how they used to enjoy coming to Layer Road. Blame the idiots who signed the Gazette's petition to move the club to a new stadium.
Something needed to be done. I loved Layer Road as much as the next supporter, BUT it was past its sell by date. It was falling down, their was asbestos in the materials holding it together and it was extremely close to losing its license. Plus factor in there was no where for the club to make money through other activities - think how limited the budget is now, it would be worse without the 'commercial' income.
The options were to build a new stadium or redevelop Layer Road. A redeveloped Layer Road I am afraid to say would not be much different to the new ground, all concrete and breeze block.
The club should have moved from Layer Road in the 80's/90's, and I recall when growing up there was at least one or two opportunities for them to do so with the ground being paid for by external developers; however in their wisdom the council turned down the planning applications - those areas have now been built on. If this had been allowed to happen we would have ended up with a much more unique atmospheric stadium than now.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: The steps at the Breezeblock Palace are far too steep and narrow to allow people to stand, so this idea is a non-starter. It's true that there is no atmosphere at the WHCS, everyone agrees. Even a bunch of Donny supporters last Saturday were saying how they used to enjoy coming to Layer Road. Blame the idiots who signed the Gazette's petition to move the club to a new stadium.[/p][/quote]Something needed to be done. I loved Layer Road as much as the next supporter, BUT it was past its sell by date. It was falling down, their was asbestos in the materials holding it together and it was extremely close to losing its license. Plus factor in there was no where for the club to make money through other activities - think how limited the budget is now, it would be worse without the 'commercial' income. The options were to build a new stadium or redevelop Layer Road. A redeveloped Layer Road I am afraid to say would not be much different to the new ground, all concrete and breeze block. The club should have moved from Layer Road in the 80's/90's, and I recall when growing up there was at least one or two opportunities for them to do so with the ground being paid for by external developers; however in their wisdom the council turned down the planning applications - those areas have now been built on. If this had been allowed to happen we would have ended up with a much more unique atmospheric stadium than now. wearebeingwatched
  • Score: -1
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