sport news Shrewsbury fans eager to bring safe standing to New Meadow

A Shrewsbury Town fans' group has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £75,000 in order to install 550 rail seats at their New Meadow ground.

If successful, the Sky Bet League One club will become the first in England or Wales to bring a safe-standing section back to an all-seater ground.

Shrewsbury first revealed their interest in safe-standing at the end of June and Tuesday's initiative comes a day after Liverpool fans voted overwhelmingly in favour of bringing rail seats to Anfield.

Shrewsbury Town could be the first English club to bring safe-standing to an all-seater stadium

Shrewsbury Town could be the first English club to bring safe-standing to an all-seater stadium

That vote, which was conducted by supporters' group Spirit of Shankly, has added momentum to a campaign that has been gathering pace for a decade, as Liverpool have been understandably cautious about anything that resembles a return to the terraces of the past.

Football grounds in the top two divisions have been all-seater by law ever since Lord Justice Taylor's report into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, which left 96 Liverpool fans dead.

Feelings on Merseyside, however, are now more in step with supporters elsewhere, as nearly nine in 10 fans who took part in the week-long poll backed the idea of rail seats, which are popular in Germany and have been successfully trialled by Celtic.

At the launch of the plan, Shrewsbury's chief executive Brian Caldwell said: 'Although the stadium is an all-seater at present, it is not required to be so by law.

'We were therefore able to utilise a process recently put in place by the Sports Ground Safety Authority to enable EFL clubs not subject to the all-seater legislation to apply for consent to install rail

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