Hull City fans stand up for Bundesliga-style 'rail seating' experiment
HULL City Official Supporters' Club has renewed calls for a trial of a standing terrace at the KC Stadium as the club push for promotion to the Premier League.
Last year, Tigers vice-chairman Ehab Allam announced he was in favour of a return to standing terraces, provided it is safe.
Since then, more clubs have backed a campaign run by the Football Supporters' Federation for trials.
However, legislation brought in after the Hillsborough disaster of 1989 requires all top-level clubs to provide seating for football crowds.
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The federation is calling on the Government to allow a small number of trials of so-called "rail seating", as used in German Bundesliga grounds.
Chris Smith, of Hull City Official Supporters' Club, said: "Last time we won promotion, the KC Stadium was not big enough to cope with demand.
"Safer standing terraces would be the ideal way of increasing capacity and making a trip to the football more affordable to the ordinary man."
Mr Smith, 63, of Atwick near Hornsea, believes part of the KC Stadium will eventually be standing, but he says he remains realistic.
"It's not going to happen overnight," he said. "But I would certainly expect it to happen in my lifetime."
In the 1970s and 1980s, terraces were synonymous with hooliganism – something the federation and supporters' clubs up and down the country are keen to distance rail-seating from.
Mr Smith said: "Half of the Football League's 72 clubs are now publicly in favour of safe standing terraces.
"But the proof of the pudding is, of course, in the eating. We need the trials."
George Hudson, Hull City's marketing and media manager, reiterated the club's support for a trial, but he said Mr Allam's hands were tied.
He said: "The club has already indicated its support for the Football Supporters' Federation's campaign for safe standing terraces.
"However, we await developments and direction from the Government."
Howden and Haltemprice MP David Davis is the latest MP is add his support to the ongoing campaign.
Birmingham Sparkbrook and Small Heath MP Roger Godsiff has tabled Early Day Motion 573, which calls for the introduction of pilot safe standing areas in the Premier League and Championship.
The federation says it fully supports this motion and is asking fans to get their local MPs to sign the motion.
Before Christmas, a Mail online poll asked readers: 'Do you think Hull City should be allowed to trial a safe standing terrace at the KC Stadium?'
Seventy per cent of fans voted yes.
Visit www.fsf.org.uk for further information about the campaign and Early Day Motion 573.