Polls shows Hull City fans back standing terrace idea for KC Stadium
AN OVERWHELMING majority of people think Hull City should trial a standing terrace at the KC Stadium, according to a Mail poll.
Tigers owner Ehab Allam has stated he is in favour of safe standing terraces of the sort seen in Germany.
Hull City Official Supporters' Club is supporting an Early Day Motion set to go through Parliament which could pave the way for a small-scale trial at football stadia.
Last night, 67 per cent of respondents who took part in a poll posted on our www.thisishull.co.uk website answered "yes" to the question: "Do you believe Hull City should trial a safer standing terrace at the KC Stadium?"
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Bernard Noble, spokesman for the Hull City Supporters' Club, said: "I am not at all surprised by the results of the Mail's poll.
"The vast majority of football fans in Hull want a standing terrace."
After the Hillsborough disaster of 1989, which left 96 Liverpool fans dead and dozens more injured, all top-level stadia were required to provide seating for fans.
Mr Noble, who has been attending Hull City matches for 60 years, believes the atmosphere has long been lacking at the KC Stadium.
He said: "It is nothing like what it was at Boothferry Park. The fact remains the atmosphere is much better when fans are standing."
Earlier this year, the Football Supporters' Federation displayed an example of "rail seating", which can be folded down to make a standing terrace.
The organisation has stressed repeatedly it is not seeking a return to 1970s- style terracing, synonymous with scenes of hooliganism.
Safe standing terraces are known to work successfully in European leagues, including Germany's Bundesliga.
Mr Noble's group wrote to East Yorkshire MPs last week urging them to back a trial of standing terraces.
Last month, Hull City became the latest club to publicly support the idea.
Other Championship clubs which have expressed an interest in trials include Bristol City and Peterborough United.
Jon Darch, of the Football Supporters' Federation, believes the publication of an independent report into Hillsborough, which blamed police, not fans, for the disaster, has allowed clubs to show support for standing terraces.
He said: "Clubs are finding it is easier now to stick their heads above the parapet and publicly state their support.
"It's clear police handling of the crowd that day in 1989 was abysmal.
"It had nothing to do with standing terraces."
Hull East MP Karl Turner has said he believes "everyone would benefit" if fans had a choice as to whether they stand or sit during matches.
On December 11, the federation will deliver a presentation to MPs, during which they hope to dispel what they say are unfounded fears and wrong perceptions about standing terraces.
A Hull City spokesman said the club is watching developments closely.