Doncaster Rovers fans make a stand

Chief executive: Baldwin
Chief executive: Baldwin
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DONCASTER Rovers’ fans have thrown their weight behind calls for the return of standing areas in football stadiums.

The Viking Supporters’ Trust have joined an ever-growing list which includes Aston Villa, Brentford, Bristol City, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Derby County, Hull City, Peterborough United, Watford, AFC Wimbledon and the Scottish Premier League in calling for a change of heart.

Said Rovers chief executive Gavin Baldwin: “During the 2006/07 season Doncaster Rovers moved into an all-seater stadium and since that time the club have implemented a no standing policy at home games.

“But after continued dialogue with supporters through our fan engagement programme, In Rovers We Trust, it has become clear that a selection of supporters do wish to stand at matches.

“The club believe that the creation of a safe standing area at the ground would allow these supporters to stand in a safe, controlled environment and allow them to have a match day experience that suits their needs.

“The club believe the creation of a safe standing area would also be of benefit to other fans at the ground who do not wish to stand, but sometimes are compelled at games due to having their view restricted due to people in front of them who attempt to.”

Several League One clubs have retained standing areas including Hartlepool, where a nunmber of Doncaster fans were ejected after they started fighting among themselves during the 1-1 draw in October.