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  1. It certainly is. And drawing on that UEFA document, the SC&T drew up the following SLO job spec in 2016 and shared it with the club: There is a lot in here too and it is unlikely that any one individual would tick every box or be able to fulfil all parts of the role as described, but it would be good if the club aspired to this sort of benchmark and did its best to get as close as possible. I fear that they do not have such aspirations. Would you like an SLO who got as close as possible to fulfilling this job spec?
  2. As I put above in this thread, the legal position at present is actually quite clear, if not entirely logical. As long as a rail seat has no lock, it can be installed now in any all-seater ground. The safety advice is that clubs should consider doing this to enhance safety in any areas of their ground where fans habitually stand. That area cannot, however, be operated as an official standing area. But if the existing standing habits persists, the fans there will be safer. At Wolves all fans in the South Bank persistently stand, so the rail seats (which are self-tipping and have no lock) are going in to make them safer. The South Bank will remain an area of seated accommodation. But those standing fans in it will now be safer. To be compliant with the new safety guidelines (published in November 2018), Ashton Gate Limited should be considering installing rail seats (without a lock) in the Section 82 quadrant and in the Atyeo, as fans in both areas habitually stand and are not as safe doing so behind the existing seats as they would be behind a rail seat. AGL/BCFC could, for instance, install seats like the ones illustrated below:
  3. Rail seats cannot be locked down. Why, indeed, would anyone ever want to lock a seat down and thus cause a possible obstruction in the event of an emergency?! Some forms of rail seats can locked UP. That's the sort in use at Celtic and the sort that we had on show in Atyeo Block A several years ago (shown below). That sort are still not allowed at grounds in England and Wales covered by the all-seater policy. The very presence of the lock (whether or not it is used) is deemed to make them non-compliant with the requirement for such grounds to provide "seated accommodation only". However, rail seats that do NOT have locks ARE allowed at such grounds as a means of enhancing safety in areas where fans habitually stand. It is seats of this latter design that Spurs have fitted and Wolves are currently fitting. In both cases, they feature self-tipping plastic seats ... and NO lock. This sort of rail seat could now be installed at Ashton Gate, e.g. like this one below;
  4. Looks like LJ has chipped in £150 to help raise money for some more flags in the Section 82 area: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/section82
  5. In answer to the OP, if by 'safe standing' you mean 'rail seats', the answer is yes. This explains what is and is not currently allowed at a ground like AG:
  6. Both have passionate managers who have a real connection with their fans. Creating such a sense of togetherness can't have done either club any harm.
  7. Very simple reason: because the outcome of the season (and thus winner of the Top Goalscorer award) is still up in the air and the final regular league game is away from home, so handing over the awards, for example, on a stage in the fan zone after the final game of the season was not really an option. And if it was left until after a potential play-off final, where and when would you do it? Especially if we lost? Various options were considered and, given the exceptional circumstances this season, this was considered the best way of doing things. Webster and Brownhill will be duly acclaimed over the PA pre-match, so over 20,000 fans will get the chance to give them a cheer. The Champagne Moment will also be played out on the big screens and the Supporter of the Year will receive their award pitchside pre-match. Arrangements will be made to present the Top Goalscorer award to the winning player after we've played our last game of the season (and there could - hopefully! - yet be 6 more play and who knows how many goals!).
  8. Last chance to vote this evening. Voting closes at midnight. Vote Here
  9. So, any new contenders for Player of the Year, Champagne Moment etc. after tonight's game? Time to vote, because you've not got round to it yet? No time like the present: VOTE HERE
  10. Talking of which... votes still being taken for Champagne Moment, Player of the Year, etc.: VOTE HERE
  11. Once again the Supporters Club & Trust invites you to vote for your Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year, Champagne Moment and Supporter of the Year. VOTE HERE Voting closes at midnight on 13th April. Who do you think deserves the accolades this year?
  12. Any club with an all-seater stadium is now allowed, like Spurs, to install 'seats incorporating barriers'. Indeed, the official safety advice is now that, in areas where fans stand persistently, clubs should consider doing this to mitigate the safety risks inherent in persistent standing. Legal advice is that failing to do so could leave clubs liable to negligence claims in the event of injuries suffered by fans standing in such areas. I remain in dialogue with BCFC/AGL, but have nothing new to report at this stage. There is still time to do something in time for 2019/20 ... but time is running out fast.
  13. SC&T annual voting process on its way very soon...
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