Lincoln City v Exeter City Match day thread!!

andrew p long

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Nothing in the law says they’re mean to be sat on, just the provision that they are there in case you do.

5-10 years time we’ll have standing and seated bits everywhere thanks to safe standing finally being pushed through. I’ve been to some games in Europe and it works well.

In the meantime, in the often cavernous space of an Exeter City away end with seats, if there’s a group standing, just move somewhere else, view will be nigh on exactly the same. I’ve done this myself lots of times if I don’t fancy standing. People just look for things to moan about.
Whilst it may not be illegal/a criminal offence to stand in all seating areas, it is usually against the rules. And a breach of ground regulations. And a breach of the contract under which entry to the ground is permitted. See the post above quoting the regulation at ECFC and Lincoln
 

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Waiting for Max to tell us that rather than selfish people standing in the gangway, this is in fact an orderly queue for the gents!
 

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Whilst it may not be illegal/a criminal offence to stand in all seating areas, it is usually against the rules. And a breach of ground regulations. And a breach of the contract under which entry to the ground is permitted. See the post above quoting the regulation at ECFC and Lincoln
To have a safety certificate to put on these games, Lincoln’s local authority will permit standing - otherwise the ground will not be open for spectators. The dusty old ground regs a private set of rules from the club as you say. If Lincoln truly wanted to uphold them they would eject people - they don’t because the only important thing is that the their council are happy with the safety of spectators. So it’s ignored because it’s essentially made up.
 

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A few points:
In any stand in any stadium around the world, the most popular seats/standing areas are typically the middle sections, towards the back (of course there are exceptions, particularly in massive stadiums). The reason is that the view is often superior.
Most people accept the unwritten rules that at away games the back sections closets to the goal will likely be occupied by people wanting to stand. Exeter fans are no different to any other set of fans in this respect. When the number of seats is greatly superior to the number of people, it rarely causes a problem.
At Lincoln there wasn't loads of empty seats, as you can see in the image below. The ones that were empty were towards the touchline or the first couple of rows, which offer the poorest views. So people wishing to sit had to opt for an inferior view, whilst standers can breeze in at 14:55 and take the best spots.
In the image there are people standing in the gangway about three rows from the front. That's wrong and selfish.
It's a shame Lincoln didn't open up more space as that would have curtailed any problems, but at the same time people just need to be a little more aware of others and have some empathy.


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Over 400 empty seats there - the photo looks like less space because… people are standing 😂 It’s 2 blocks, the view will be almost identical, it’s not like it was the whole stand
 

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I do agree though that the issues weee caused by the view. The standing lot aren’t bothered about being behind the goal, if the whole stand was open they would have been right up at the end and having banter with the Lincoln lot. It’s why at Cheltenham you can happily sit in the centre and let the atmosphere be guided by the younger lot from the end block. Is what it is and almost games won’t be an issue.

Argyle away was mentioned but 90% stand in that as a matter of course.
 
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