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20 November 2017 09:43 Post ID: #323501
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From my position in the Snakepit it looks like this block was targeted by a load of Smiths henchmen to wreck the last remaining crumb of atmosphere at the club . A few chunky stewards ( including one who looked like a cross between Bad Santa and a Sumo wrestler ) were out to get the standing , singing fans to sit down and be quiet . I witnessed more than one fan thrown out of the ground for just standing there innocently doing nothing .Very unpleasant viewing indeed and an indication of the priorities of Delia Smiths Norwich .
Some of us in Snakepit whilst observing this thuggery reckoned that within a couple of years we will all be sat in silence while popcorn munching 'families' who take the seats of us standing chanting fans who have been thrown out ,will happily watch and clap the League One dross on offer . I will have gone by then.

SIlent she may be , but Delia Smiths Norwich is alive and well as one Snakepit lad said to me
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20 November 2017 10:16 Post ID: #323502 - in reply to #323501
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Smiffs will not be happy until all proper fans are gone and plastics have taken over the asylum
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20 November 2017 13:04 Post ID: #323504 - in reply to #323501
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20 November 2017 13:13 Post ID: #323505 - in reply to #323501
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' If I hadn't seen such riches I could live with being poor '
Why I want to be in premier league.
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20 November 2017 13:18 Post ID: #323506 - in reply to #323501
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20 November 2017 14:32 Post ID: #323509 - in reply to #323501
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Depends what you want..And to hear about an actual crumb of atmosphere created in A Block..Well thats a first for sure!

I have spoken to my mates about this, Kevin, A section head and Bob who`s in charge of Stadium security...If they were badly drunk and a menace and danger to others..well there ya go!!

Delia doesnt make the Stadium rules that are applied by all top two tier clubs...Its for all our safety men women and children!

Be Thankful our club is generally tolerant of us standing...They could go by the book and we would all have to sit....They certainly dont implement it though, only under certain circumstances.

LOOK.

Football stadiums and the law

Legal requirements surrounding football stadiums in the UK

Traditionally football stadiums throughout the UK were made up of terraces, whereby fans would go and stand to support their teams. Following various disasters during the 1980s however, the football terrace in the upper echelons of English football was outlawed to be replaced by all-seated stadiums.

The Hillsborough disaster

What was the Hillsborough disaster?

During an FA Cup semi-final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield in 1989, 96 Liverpool fans were killed due to overcrowding.

Thousands of the fans who had travelled to the game were late due to the traffic and delays to the railways. Consequently, many fans hurriedly entered the stadium at the same time to avoid missing more of the match. No entrances were sealed off, causing many fans to enter into the same area and no larger gates were opened to redirect fans to safer areas.

The Taylor Report

Following the disaster, the Home Office set up an enquiry headed by Lord Justice Taylor. The remit of the enquiry was to:

inquire into the events at Sheffield Wednesday Football ground on 15 April 1989;
make recommendations about the needs of crowd control and safety at sporting events.
The Taylor Report recommended that all top division stadiums in England phase out the usual concrete terraces and become all-seated. This was subsequently adopted for the top two divisions of the English league (now the Premiership and the Championship). Clubs promoted to the Championship for the first time have three years to convert their ground to all-seated.

Has this recommendation has the desired effect?

Millions of pounds have been spent by England’s top clubs on developing their grounds and the top two divisions all now have all-seated grounds.

All-seated stadiums are far safer and easier to manage as all spectators are each sold a ticket for a specific seat. The use of all-seated stadiums has also resulted in cases of football hooliganism decreasing significantly.

Positives aside though, many fans feel the atmosphere within the stadia has greatly decreased following the elimination of terracing.

Although the top two divisions of English football are legally required to have all-seated stadiums, it is not actually illegal for fans to stand at football matches. Standing in seated areas, is, however, contrary to ground regulations, and clubs have the power to evict persistent standers.
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20 November 2017 18:58 Post ID: #323511 - in reply to #323501
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As one of those much maligned older fans watching from the family area, in my semi-advanced years I quite enjoy sitting to watch a match. I tend to take a more analytical view; I come to watch the football not to consume copious quantities of Norfolk's nor Suffolk's finest. Those who know me will attest to the fact that I am partial to a drop or three. However, I find that over indulgence diminishes my critical faculties so I have been attending matches with a greater degree of sobriety than may have been evident in the past.

I/we do stand during the match. When we score a goal, the whole area goes bonkers. I also stand to point out the grievous errors the ref has made, well in My Opinion he has. However, standing is mostly done for those latecomers who arrive after kick off. Whether that is because they tarried in the pub is something I cannot confirm. I also stand to let those people get by before half time, presumably to avoid the queue to the bar. The same thing happens before the end of the match. It amazes me how many people (so many people ) choose to leave early considering the price of a ticket.

In my position I am able to observe the exodus from much of the stadium. Lower Barclay and the Snakepit are most certainly not exempt in this.

When I go to away matches, where standing is more prevalent, I very often see little of the game because several large people are standing right in front of me. What with ticket price and the cost of travel, it is not my idea of fun to be looking at the back of a Norwich City shirt for Ninety-five minutes so my attendance has waned.

Sorry to the perpetual standing advocates but I prefer seating.

Oh, and I have not seen anyone eating popcorn in the family area

Edited by Rex 20/11/2017 19:07
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20 November 2017 19:04 Post ID: #323512 - in reply to #323501
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Loved the clip DG. That was the first record I bought.
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20 November 2017 20:08 Post ID: #323516 - in reply to #323501
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I am the same at home games Rex - I tend to analyse things. I think if Carrow road was all standing or I was in a standing area I would stand. I stand when we have a chance (even though I get tuts when I do) and I stand and cheer when we score. I shout if things are going wrong or we are fecking about.

At away games, I stand and sing.
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20 November 2017 22:59 Post ID: #323524 - in reply to #323501
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I must be Old Skool
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21 November 2017 08:13 Post ID: #323527 - in reply to #323501
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Your just old Blakey!
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21 November 2017 08:46 Post ID: #323528 - in reply to #323501
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There is a safety issue but the club went about it the wrong way.
They always take the ' School teacher ' attitude approach rather than discuss
with the fans such as Smiffs ridiculous comment about not presenting the trophy
for promotion if any fans come on the pitch when every other club accept it as
part of the joy of promotion.
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21 November 2017 09:23 Post ID: #323529 - in reply to #323528
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They won't have to worry about a pitch invasion for a very long time !

Edited by yellow belly 21/11/2017 09:28
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21 November 2017 10:28 Post ID: #323530 - in reply to #323501
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I wish that Jer1me would invade the goal areas
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21 November 2017 10:50 Post ID: #323532 - in reply to #323501
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Now your just being ridiculous asking for the impossible...
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21 November 2017 20:15 Post ID: #323574 - in reply to #323501
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06 December 2017 13:57 Post ID: #324464 - in reply to #323501
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Now the club have sent a letter to everyone in the Barclay (see Pink Un site) warning then they will lose their seats if they persistently stand . Then I assume they will lean on us in the Snakepit . Fair enough if that's the way football is going . The moment they do that I am handing my season ticket back . That type of day out at footy is not for me sorry . Will just go to aways and go Stock Car racing instead . At least we can stand at the Caister Road Stadium !

Edited by yellow belly 6/12/2017 14:00
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