Doncaster Rovers back safe standing trials

December 2012. Doncaster Rovers recently joined the growing list of clubs to publicly declare their support for safe standing. Donny, who moved into their new all-seater stadium less than six years ago, formally gave their support to the FSF's call on the Government to permit trials of safe standing.

Gavin Baldwin, chief executive of Doncaster Rovers, said:

During the 2006/07 season Doncaster Rovers moved into an all-seater stadium and since that time the club have implemented a no standing policy at home games. After continued dialogue with supporters through our fan engagement programme, In Rovers We Trust, it has become clear that a selection of supporters do wish to stand at matches.

"The club believe that the creation of a safe standing area at the ground would allow these supporters to stand in a safe, controlled environment and allow them to have a match day experience that suits their needs. The club believe the creation of a safe standing area would also be of benefit to other fans at the ground who do not wish to stand, but sometimes are compelled at games due to having their view restricted due to people in front of them who attempt to.

"We lend our support to the Football Supporters' Federation in their request for trials for safe standing systems.

Thanks to Gavin for that and also to Martin at In Rovers We Trust for encouraging the club to give this support.