Date:Friday April 21 2006
Watford Football Club have confirmed recent speculation that the lower tier of the Sir Stanley Rous stand will house away supporters for the home leg of the play-offs.
The club have made this bold move and innovative because it will increase the capacity for home support by 1600 and by having supporters at both ends of Fortress Vicarage Road it will make the stadium even more vociferous and ensure more support for Aidy and the boys for the all-important play-off semi-final.
However, this bold move means that Lower Rous Season Ticket holders will have to relocate to another part of the ground.
Chairman Graham Simpson issued a statement on the official site to Season Ticket holders in the Lower Rous that read:
Dear Lower Rous Season Ticket Holder,
I'm sure you would like to join with me in congratulating Aidy, his staff, and all of the players for what has been a fantastic season which sees us going into extra time to take part in the Play-Off competition.
There is no doubting the wonderful feeling of togetherness that is in place between you in the stands and all of those wearing yellow out on the pitch, exemplified by the practice penalty shoot out after the Ipswich game. I would like to take this opportunity to ask you to do everything possible to support the team in the coming weeks as I know it makes a difference.
To this end, I would like to call on your support for a decision we have made over the last few days. We want to ensure that as a club we have done everything possible to support Aidy and the team in our home leg fixture. For this match we will be relocating visiting supporters to the Lower Rous stand to both comply with Football League regulations and at the same time maximise the number of tickets we can sell to home supporters.
Football League rules state visiting supporters have to be given 15 per cent of the ticket allocation for play-off games, as opposed to ten per cent for normal league matches. Whether the opposition is Preston, Leeds or Crystal Palace, they will be entitled to almost 3,000 tickets out of Watford's capacity of 19,920 - a figure which exceeds the number of seats in half of the Vicarage Road End. The total capacity of the Vicarage Road End is 4,636 and therefore this decision will allow us to sell over 1,600 extra tickets to Watford supporters and provide the opportunity for OUR team to play towards home fans for the whole 90 minutes and possibly extra time and penalties.
Whilst I have been made aware by many supporters currently in the Lower Rous that they would favour this move for the big games, I do appreciate that there will be some who will feel inconvenienced. Having enjoyed a wonderful season, can I ask for you to show your support at this time to enable us to create an atmosphere for this one off special match that could shape our destiny for next season.
I'm sure, like me, you cannot wait for these matches so let's join together and show the watching world how united and determined we are to claim that place in the Premiership for next season.
My sincere thanks for your support.
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