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Town Open to Discussion on Change to Stadium Drinking Law
Wednesday, 24th Oct 2018 12:43

Town are supporting a review of the law which prohibits supporters from drinking alcohol at football grounds within sight of the pitch.

The law, which was introduced in 1985, means fans can drink on concourses but not in their seats.

A Town spokesman told TWTD that they are “open to a discussion” regarding the issue, while talkSport report that Sunderland, Doncaster Rovers, Accrington Stanley, Port Vale, Forest Green Rovers, Lincoln City, Tranmere Rovers and Northampton Town are keen for a pilot scheme to be introduced.

Grimsby Town, Newport County and Gillingham are other clubs who would welcome discussion.

Outlining the argument for change, League One Sunderland told talkSPORT: “At the Stadium of Light, concert-goers can watch Kings of Leon whilst enjoying a pint, but cannot when watching their football team. This seems discriminatory to football fans.”

The FA would be willing to talk to other football authorities “if clubs were in favour of change”, while a Home Office spokesperson said: “We are satisfied that existing legislation is necessary and appropriate.”

In 2013, former Blues chief executive Simon Clegg wrote to the FA and EFL calling for a change in the law.

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BlueHarwich added 12:47 - Oct 24
To help numb the pain?

bigtimecharlie added 12:56 - Oct 24
Surely you want to review what's happening on the pitch before discussing other matters … ???

Currie10 added 13:01 - Oct 24
Not before time.

Seen various games overseas with a pint at my seat quite contently.

petersongoal added 13:06 - Oct 24
Finally. It might help to revive a bit of atmosphere in the stands!

flyingdutchman added 13:10 - Oct 24
Would have though you could have spent that time looking for a new manager⚽️🏐🥅

clint_eastwood added 13:22 - Oct 24
How about an open discussion on a change of manager!

inghamspur added 13:35 - Oct 24
Is this an ME/PH initiative to help face the football that is currently being served up?

silkcutblue added 13:46 - Oct 24
Brilliant a crap pint to go with the crap football

DavidDymondSuperfan added 13:50 - Oct 24
I have a feeling this is probably a different department of the club BigTimeCharlie, I doubt this agenda came down from Hurst himself...

NBVJohn added 14:01 - Oct 24
We might be treated to some of Milne’s wise words on this. Just who was that ‘Town spokesman’?

Right up his street - the playing side of the club dying before our very eyes, but it’s OK because you can drown your sorrows as you watch our demise. No thanks- I’ll go for a decent pint afterwards.

Here’s a thing- before you try to sell me the idea of drinking whilst I watch, why don’t you do something about the appalling quality and queues?

Swn98 added 14:27 - Oct 24
No thanks theres enough stupidity without adding to it.
If you cant go 45 minutes without a drink you need help.

CraigEdwards added 14:40 - Oct 24
Football wouldn’t look half as bad if your p***ed

winnipegblue added 15:03 - Oct 24
In Canada, you can drink at you seat then the last 1/4 of the game they shut the bar down for both hockey and football. Works pretty well...

Westy added 15:11 - Oct 24
Lets face it, the beer in the ground isn't great anyway and a lot of the rules are actually imposed by the police - not the Club.

Tufty added 15:12 - Oct 24
Only thing there winnipegblue most of us have abandoned all hope and gone down the pub before the end of the third quarter its so bad

jas0999 added 15:13 - Oct 24
There are much bigger concerns at PR which need to be urgently addressed, rather than changing this law which presumably means Evans may be able to rake in more profit from drink sales.

Discussing a manager out of his depth, a poor playing squad and significant under investment in the playing squad (for years) would be better issues to address.

Northstandveteran added 15:23 - Oct 24

You mean you watch Ipswich sober?!

You poor soul 😖

fisky added 15:35 - Oct 24
That's the only best bit about going to Portman road

Jesney_Havoc added 15:47 - Oct 24
Waste of time. The service is so slow at the PR bars, you'd miss the first 10 mins of each half

brendenward35 added 15:51 - Oct 24
To be honest I've seen this at venues people turn up pis*d and are a pain in the backs*de all the way through the concert, getting up and down every 5 mins for another pint or a pee not my idea of fun. Like someone said if you can't wait 45 mins for a pint something is seriously wrong with you and you need help

CornardBlue added 15:52 - Oct 24
Mr John would drink to that, but not the football served up.

Carl2588 added 16:01 - Oct 24
Maybe should be discussing a new manager..... I like Paul Hurst but he should take this as experience I don't feel he's the right man for a relegation battle.... Maybe look at Steve Bruce or Tim sherwood better yet George burley with Terry butcher

sotd78 added 16:15 - Oct 24
You can drink at the theatre; at cricket, at rugby - everywhere except soccer. It's arcane, archaic and long overdue for change

happybeingblue added 17:48 - Oct 24
fella who rolled into his seat at 3.10 was as pi..ed as a newt saturday and the so called fans at the end in the lower north telling the players to f..k off, obviously had their share.... call me old school but all this booing and f..k you to the players etc is not what i call i in a minority here ? i have never done it and never will, ...all they are doing is creating a poisonous negative impact on the players ,a lot of young ones too,
yes it was a poor performance,but if even more beer is flowing i fear it will get worse in that stand anyway,but freedom of choice etc i get

lightingblue added 17:50 - Oct 24
We will all be alcoholics by the time the game ends!! 1 way for me to start coming again. Best idea the club has had for years. If it happens, does it mean Milnes has covered his money. Clegg did it by painting the turnstiles. Historic day really. Long may it continue!!
What will they sell I wounder? Larger, bitter, ales, wine, whiskey or a good old tub of white spirits?

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