Monthly Archives: August 2014

Gold Bond Top 15 Winners : 22 August 2014

Week 34

Winnings Number Winner Agent
£2,000 V.0183 A Gordon Standing Order
£500 I.5037 Mrs L Mooney Norman Ellis
£200 N.2893 Mrs K O’Connor Kate puc
£100 AS4283
W.6474
Mrs Clapham
Mrs T Hoskins
Croft’s News
Phil Williamson
£50 F.6266
XX5017
W.5963
S.1607
Peter Farrer
Mrs McLellan
Mrs C Dellow
Mrs J Lane
Barnack P.O.
Jess Whitaker
Lord St News
Mike Greaves
£25 Y.1821
YY5872
AH2412
H.2434
W.6453
C.2317
Mrs C Morrell
Mrs M Weaver
Mr & Mrs Peters
David Bennion
Mr Parmar
Bruce Evans
Sarah Wilkinson
Phil Williamson
Mrs E Hughes
David Bennion
Office Payer
Standing Order

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Lib Dems make 2015 General Election pledge

Safe standing: Lib Dems make 2015 General Election pledge                   By Richard Conway BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

The Liberal Democrats want to change the law and allow Premier League and Championship clubs to introduce safe standing at stadiums. The party has confirmed to BBC Sport it plans to make the pledge as part of its 2015 General Election manifesto.

Currently, the Football Spectators Act 1989 requires safety authorities to ensure fans attending games in England’s top two divisions are seated.

However, the party is not advocating a return to open terracing.  It believes rail seats, popular in German football, should be introduced if clubs wish to install standing sections.

Rail seats can be locked in an upright position to allow fans to stand and lean against a barrier.  However, the seats can also be unlocked to comply with all-seater stadium rules, as and when required.

The Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) has led a campaign in favour of safe standing for several years.  “Football can’t bury its head in the sand,” said an FSF spokesman. “Tens of thousands already stand at games.

Several Premier League clubs – including Aston Villa, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Sunderland and Swansea City – now back the introduction of rail seats on a trial basis.

The Football League has also lobbied for a change in legislation given a number of its 72 clubs would like to implement standing in their grounds.

Chief executive Shaun Harvey said: “Since being given a mandate by our clubs to lobby for a change to the law on the use of standing accommodation, we have had useful discussions with the Sports Minister and other relevant stakeholders on this matter.

“We recognise that this is an extremely emotive issue and that significant change isn’t necessarily going to happen overnight. However, a logical first step would be for safe standing products, such as rail-seating, to be licensed for use by the relevant authorities. This would enable one of the 21 Football League clubs that is not currently required by law to have an all-seater stadium to install a pilot scheme at its ground.

“This would give everybody greater insight into the use of this type of accommodation and help take the debate forward in a cautious and responsible manner, as it would not require any changes to the existing law as these clubs are already permitted to have fans standing at their matches.”

Posted in Safe Standing and Stadium Development

Sportsfan Panel in favor of Safe Standing!

74% of Sportsfan Panel* voted in favour of re-introducing safe standing areas

A recent Sportsfan Panel survey which asked for opinions on the prospect of safe standing areas being reintroduced into football stadiums across the UK, a current issue that is being widely debated in the media and throughout clubs across the country. The survey targeted those who regularly attend live matches at Premier League and Championship level, as currently the legislation only requires the top two tiers of English football to have all-seater stadiums.

74% of respondents voted in favour of safe standing areas being reintroduced to football stadiums, with 80% of these stating that it will improve the atmosphere at live matches. 57% also felt it would make the matches cheaper to attend, with 38% indicating it would create a more communal and friendly feel between fans.

Other key comments made in favour of safe standing included;

  • Many fans already choose to stand, particularly at away fixtures, and so as it happens anyway it would be advisable to make it legal and safe,
  • There is a large demand to bring back a very traditional element of watching live football,
  • It would allow more fans to attend games, which for stadiums that consistently sell out, would provide access for more fans and enable clubs to increase attendances.

The Bundesliga was highlighted by many as a league that operates safe standing effectively, and across other sports, Rugby Union, Rugby League and Silverstone were acknowledged by our panel. Many also felt that football stadiums which allowed standing prior to the Hillsborough tragedy offered safe standing.

However, for those (26%) not in favour of welcoming back safe standing, 80% had concerns with safety aspects, 63% felt that there would be a negative impact on those bringing children or attending as a family. Other comments made by panellists included Liverpool fans feeling they could not justify the decision to return to standing, following the tragic events at Hillsborough. Another main concern for those not in favour was due to a potential reduction in visibility of the pitch and players.

*Sportsfan Panel is a unique research panel of approximately 30,000 sports fans and participants who are available to give their views on a wide range of sport related issues. It is comprised of consumers, spectators and participants from a wide and wonderful variety of sports.

Posted in Safe Standing and Stadium Development

Gold Bond Top 15 Winners : 15 August 2014

Week 33

Winnings Number Winner Agent
£2,000 E.6664 Paul Lupton Standing Order
£500 N.0112 Mr G Powell David Hampson
£200 AP5524 Mrs E Chapman Graham Chapman
£100 WW5583
X.6816
Mrs F Lee
Mrs Holliday
Angela Chapman
Nick Howarth
£50 AJ2108
AH5570
WW5226
GG6546
I Murray
Mr & Mrs Fisher
D Smith
Mark Long
Connor Cassley
Gareth Riobinson
Mick Fincher
Jess Whitaker
£25 KK1431
X.4509
AH4129
SS3960
AZ5787
S.1439
J Brown
Mr A Butler
Mrs Finchett
Hillary Woodhead
Mrs N Shadbolt
John Hughes
Michael Morris
Office Payer
Gareth Robinson
Natalie Clarke
Steve Morris
Scala Cinema

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Gold Bond Top 15 Winners : 08 August 2014

Week 32

Winnings Number Winner Agent
£2,000 RR0568 Ronald Seaton Standing Order
£500 QQ3289 Gina Vincent Gillian Bray
£200 WW1980 Mr Crowther Angela Lancaster
£100 AJ0135
K.2896
S Leonard
Mrs Rooney
Office Payer
Louis Spalding
£50 AR0639
Y.0629
C.6732
L.4068
Mrs Davies
T Osbourne
Caroline Jones
Mrs J Robinson
Kyle Davies
Sharron Speakman
Brian Cree
Paul Featherstone
£25 L.0639
N.4440
AJ2671
C.6747
S.5041
CC2073
Ernest Hall
C White
J Slowey
Mr Sharples
Kathy Young
Mr O Matthews
Neville Stubbs
Stanground News
Graham Chapman
Mick Everied
Scala Cinema
Micky Clark

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