Safe standing roadshow at Donny & Barnsley
January 2013. The roadshow was out on the road in Yorkshire for two days in succession in early January, spreading the word first at Doncaster Rovers and a short drive away at Barnsley FC.
The visit to Doncaster Rovers was as part of a Fans Forum attended by the chairman, chief executive, shareholders and supporters of the club. Rovers had already previously given their support to the safe standing campaign back in December, when CEO Gavin Baldwin (left in the picture in suit and tie) said:
"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 roadshow served to let the directors and fans see rail seats close up and also resulted in welcome TV coverage for the campaign.
The next day it was over to Barnsley to give club executives the chance to to take a quiet look at the roadshow unit, which we set up below the East Stand at Oakwell.
Organised by Alan Bloore (on the left in the picture in blue top), chairman of Barnsley Supporters' Trust, the visit subsequently led to Barnsley too giving their formal backing to the call for standing at all levels of football to be allowed by the authorities.