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Ferco start installation of safe standing at Shrewsbury Town

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Ferco Seating have begun work at Shrewsbury Town which will make them the first club in England and Wales to provide safe standing, with 555 rail seats being installed in the ground's Salop Leisure South Stand.

"It's going to hopefully help the atmosphere going forward and I think you could see with the south stand that the acoustics worked so well," Shrewsbury's chief executive Brian Caldwell told the club's official website.

"Hopefully, having that big body of support behind the south stand, cheering the team on, will help us in the long term as well.

"We were trending on Twitter and we have been trending before with safe standing, so it's good for the town as well that we are putting Shrewsbury on the map."

Last year the Shropshire Star revealed the Supporters' Parliament-led initiative, which the football club were keen to support.

The pilot scheme has been supported by the English Football League and was given the go-ahead by the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA), the government agency set up to regulate sports stadia after the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.

Following recom­men­dations in the Taylor Report, legislation was passed to prevent Premier League and Championship clubs from having any safe-standing areas.

The government confirmed in April there were no plans to change the all-seater policy after West Brom had a safe-standing proposal rejected.

But a petition calling for safe standing in all divisions to be allowed has been signed by 100,000 people, forcing MPs to debate the issue in the House of Commons at the end of June.

Salop are on course for promotion to the Championship after reaching the League One play-off final.

They would have three seasons in the second tier to remove the safe standing as current legislation doesn't permit it above League One, though MPs have discussed a change in legislation recently.

JC

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