Watford happily support FSF calls for trials

November 2012. On the same day that Burnley FC announced their support for safe standing trials, Watford FC became the seventh Championship club to do likewise, "happily" lending its support to the Football Supporters' Federation.

In a statement provided by the club's operations director Glyn Evans, Watford FC said:

"Watford strives to enhance our supporters' matchday experience and we recognise that being able to stand whilst watching matches in a safe and controlled environment is something that some of supporters wish to return to.

Despite the best efforts of our stewarding operation it is impossible to get all supporters to sit down throughout a match and when a mass of supporters decide to stand there really is little that can be done with the result that everyone has to stand to get a view of the match whether they want to or not. We therefore happily lend our support to the Football Supporters Federation in calling for trials of safe standing systems and look forward to both the Government and the Football Authorities recognising and implementing the need for such trials."

Thanks to Glyn and all at Watford for making it a 'Magnificent Seven' of Championship clubs backing the campaign.