As many of you will know, I managed to wangle a ticket or two to the Man United game, against West Brom. For the first time in about five years, we were sat in the Stretford End, alongside the red side of Manchester's finest.

The second tier was where our tickets took us, and everyone was really friendly and welcoming, as you'd expect from the warm, brilliant people of the North West. What I didn't expect in the slightest was the ninety minutes spent stood watching the Champions of England.

That's right - standing. I've never been able to stand at a game in my eighteen years - every time we even thought about stretching our legs, we were shouted down by some plank in a fluorescent jacket. The Taylor Report of 1990, forcing all clubs into creating all-seater stadia, put paid to any hope of enjoying yesteryear's memories of chanting on the terraces, and last Sunday was my first opportunity to even come close to an atmosphere like that. It was a bit special.

Standing was banned to ensure that safety became paramount at all of Britain's football grounds. The recommendation was made by Lord Taylor in 1990, and was seen as enough reason by the Football League and the Scottish Football League to make it a requirement, and all clubs must comply by the start of the 1994-95 season. It cut attendances, but was seen as a way of making sure the likes of the Hillsborough and Heysel disasters were never seen again. And thankfully, it hasn't.

Although seats have made sure that injuries have been kept to an absolute minimum, and hooliganism at football grounds has been drastically cut by increased security. The SPL recently relaxed rules so that the top twelve clubs in the division could re-introduce safe standing terraces within their stadia. It's a big step forward to allowing some freedom be given to the crowds.

The Football Supporters' Federation have been the advocates of the whole movement. Of late, Aston Villa have begun to investigate introducing standing areas into Villa Park, and looking at how best to replicate the Bundesliga, where standing and terraces are half the reason games are attending by so many. Stadia with terraces have even been used at big tournaments - including the World Cup in Germany in 2006, and Euro 2008 in Austria. It would mean more people, which theoretically means lower ticket prices, but at the current rates, they'll probably freeze the seated prices and lower the standing tickets ever so slightly.

It's a very interesting concept, one that I hope will return in a safe and secure format. As Aberdeen manager Craig Brown said:

"The fans are standing anyway, so I think it's better to make it official and to have the police involved. I'm a traditionalist and I certainly enjoyed standing at a match. The fans are a bit more involved when they are standing and can get more excited. I'm not so sure it will make a big difference on attendances but I would imagine it would be less expensive to stand rather than sit."

But what do you think? Should standing be introduced in a safe format within British football? Or are you very much of the 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it' approach?

You can come and say hello on Twitter - I'm @Adam9309. You can also let me know your thoughts via the comments box below!

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Absolutely, 100%.  Standing in my opinion is an  integral part of the experience.   
Keep it safe, bring standing back.



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