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Hornets back 'Safe Standing' campaign

Watford have been announced as one of the club's to back the Football Supporter's Federation in their 'Safe Standing' campaign.

The Hornets, along with 12 other clubs, were announced as the professional sides to back the FSF's campaign to bring back terracing at English Football League and Premier League grounds.

Other clubs who back safe standing include: Aston Villa, Brentford, Bristol City, Burnley, Cardiff City, Crystal Palace, Derby County, Doncaster Rovers, Hull City, Peterborough United, Plymouth Argyle and Wimbledon.

Watford of course enjoyed some of their finest hours during the days where standing on a terrace was the only thing football supporters knew.

And, despite tragedies at Ibrox, Hillsborough, Valley Parade and Heysel, a return to safe standing has been at the forefront of the Football Supporters Federation's thoughts for a number of years now.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Peter Daykin of the FSF said:

'We need to find out if it can work and the only way to do that is to trial it.

'But a Premier League statement says they will 'not be encouraging the Government to change the law'.

The proposal by the FSF is to introduce 'rail seats', whereby seats are fixed to terracing and can be flipped down to be sat on should supporters so wish, or flipped back up and locked into an upright position to accomodate standing.

Rail seats are used abroad and in countries such as Germany, standing is permitted at Bundesliga grounds.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

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Writer: Tom Bodell Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 12 2012

Time: 10:44AM

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The tragic events at Valley Parade happened in the seating area, Ibrox was the stairway of the ground. I for one would welcome back standing at grounds, the atmosphere then was soo much better. Am I right to say that one stand at a German club holds 10,000 standing? Bring it back!
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12/12/2012 19:40:00

I believe the main terrace at Dortmund holds some 25,000!
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