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A crazy idea?
at 10:07 18 Nov 2021

Yeah, we already do this. Just go along to our YouTube channel and you'll see a few vids on there with accompanying lyrics. We try out songs in the section first, try and get them some traction, then get a video out. The problem is, videos from WITHIN the section never sound as good; but luckily, Ross - who does a lot of the matchday filming for the club - occasionally sends us clips facing the section. These are always so much better, so from now on we should get some much crisper videos for folk to see...
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60k Stadium
at 12:59 9 Nov 2021

I've been chatting to the FSA about it. Terracing is completely permissible as long as as the club can demonstrate it's safe. The great, sweeping terraces of yesteryear wouldn't pass muster, but terracing like you have at Exeter, Burton, Peterborough etc is perfectly safe and could now be legally replicated elsewhere. You'd need to think about things like keeping the terrace open (not split into individual paddocks) and keeping the area enclosed so interlopers couldn't easily sneak in once in the ground, but otherwise, it's just a matter of time before you start seeing modified terrace sections coming back in...
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60k Stadium
at 10:22 9 Nov 2021

Once standing areas are brought back that will also naturally increase capacity by a few thousand...
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Blue Action Funding Appeal
at 11:22 4 Nov 2021

You'd think so, wouldn't you...
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Blue Action doing the right thing
at 21:38 18 Oct 2021

Sorry mate, we realised that after we posted it that we hadn't made it clear. The individual is no longer with the group...
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Blue Action doing the right thing
at 20:33 18 Oct 2021

Yeah, not sure what you mean mate...
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Well done Section 6
at 12:05 11 Oct 2021

Yeah, section 5 was a lot more vocal on Saturday, which is only a good thing, even if it meant clashing with us occasionally. I always try to look over at other sections if there's something starting there and carry that on, rather than just steam ahead with something we want to do. Quite the balancing act sometimes...

Yes, ideally we'd be slap bang in the middle, but that will require the club having to do a lot of work to facilitate that, something they've been reluctant to do up to this point. Hopefully the introduction of standing areas will sort that out at a stroke, but only if it isn't this 'one ticket per standing spot' design that's currently being trialed. If that's the only design ultimately permitted, then we're stuck with the same problem...

But it's great in there at the moment. We've got a great core of supporters actually in the group who really get what we're about and get stuck in every game; we've also got loads of folk who've moved into the section who also get it and are actively contributing to the atmosphere. My message to anyone would be if you want to get involved in the atmosphere, you're best off getting in touch with us and seeing if we can arrange a move into the section. There're still a few seats on the periphery, but we can also work a couple closer in...
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Blue Action do a great job - great banner on sat
at 13:28 28 Sep 2021

I don't think it's a massive issue if they're still in separate stands, as would be the case at PR. Fans would still have to traverse the actual pitch to get at each other, through a very small bottleneck that could be covered by a small number of police/stewards. Works alright at Carrow Road, for example. It always blows my mind when opposing fans are right next to each other, like at Stamford Bridge or at the old White Hart Lane...
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Blue Action do a great job - great banner on sat
at 13:22 27 Sep 2021

Hey, we all we're all entitled to our opinions and all have different tastes. Think 'cringeworthy' is a bit of a strong adjective, mind. Personally, I think it's very much the opposite. I think we have a strange habit in this part of the world of talking ourselves down and denigrating our culture. When we started BA we thought it was important to give it a little regional flavour, to make it truly ours, because it doesn't seem like anyone does that anywhere else. So we went with a little dialectical phrase that's unique to the Caacker nation. For comparison, see how Newcastle fans react when their supporters put Ha'way The Lads, or Come on The Toon on things...
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Blue Action do a great job - great banner on sat
at 11:01 27 Sep 2021

It's the main issue, and not likely to be resolved soon - if ever at all...

For us to to grow as a group we had to get more central and more visible. The only real viable option was down the front of 'big 6', where we are now. There just wasn't the volume of empty seats anywhere else. The club barely lifted a finger to facilitate that move, so trying to accommodate us in the most central and densely populated part of the stand, or in an entirely different stand, was never going to fly...

With all-seater stadia it would need a concerted effort by the club to 'engineer' a section where the expectation is that fans generate atmosphere. The return of standing areas would solve that problem overnight as fans would be able to easily congregate with like-minded individuals. But then (as was pointed out in another thread) the only permitted design so far is 'one ticket per one standing space' rail seating which wouldn't solve that problem at all...
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Blue Action do a great job - great banner on sat
at 10:28 27 Sep 2021

Away fans will always have a pop and say they can't hear us, but we were going at it non-stop, with a bit of a lull for the last 15 minutes (after they scored basically). The sound will always struggle to travel the length of the pitch, across open air, so as long as the away fans are housed at the furthest geographical point from us, we'll always have that accusation leveled at us sadly. Couldn't hear a squeak out of the Wednesday fans either...
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Safe standing at Portman Road
at 09:07 25 Sep 2021

Oh interesting, didn't know that about the Yellow Wall. Either way, that's still a significant piece of terracing there that fans have filled for decades without anyone getting hurt. And i'm sure i'm right in saying that the manority of grounds in Germany still do use normal terracing and rail seating is very much the exception. But you're right, that picture there was what I was expecting. A few more rows in between would be better, but that's a compromise. But looking at the sections installed in grounds already, it looks as if all they've done is bolt in a massive across the tops of the seats! And this is apparently the only model being okayed by the English authorities. Classic example of those in charge 'listening' to the fans but really just coming out with token gestures and half-ar$ed concessions. Just have to to hope that that's the main thing to come out of the trial period and more standing area designs are permitted when it's all finally re-legalised. Have my doubts though...
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Safe standing at Portman Road
at 17:55 24 Sep 2021

Really think people are going to be disappointed with these 'rail-seat' standing areas when they return. The decision makers in this completely disregarded the thing that makes standing so appealing: the ability to move freely about. That way singers can congregate together and those that would rather watch the game quietly can do likewise. Rail seats still restrict one person to one place - even more so with a waist high barrier along every row. One of the main supposed benefits of standing areas is that they improve atmosphere, but with rail seats the same problem remains - different types of supporter forced in together with no easy way of separating them. Why can't we just have, say, 3 or 4 rows of terracing with a crush barrier after? That would stop those massive 20 foot surges you used to see, but also allow a bit of freedom of movement. The Yellow Wall at Dortmund is a completely normal terrace and can house 25,000 supporters without any incident. Why can't we have that..?!
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Billboard from Blue Action
at 15:01 13 Aug 2021

Let me transport you back to the heady summer of '99, Mr Bluefish; the world was looking tentatively to a new millenium, Britpop was being replaced by Garage, kids were walking around in poppers and George Burley was starting to build the last great team Ipswich we had. A lad I went to school with - we'll call him Carl, because that was his name - was on work experience at Otley College. He'd spotted an unattended, one man mechanised digger and, being the free spirit that he was, thought he'd have a go on it. As he hopped in and jiggled about with the levers, a groundsman came barreling out of a nearby potting shed, spewing forth some choice anglo-saxon. Most of what he said you can guess at, but the phrase that stuck with young Carl was GID OUTTA THAYER YEW FUGGEN CAACKER. He regaled us when back at school, we all speculated what the hell a 'caacker' was - had Carl misheard it, or was it some ancient bit of dialect, thought long since lost..? Either way, it spread like wildfire around school, and I guess evolved into a term to describe a resident/native of this fine town/county. Me and my mates used it liberally, I guess because there wasn't any other. Ipswichian..?! That makes a bit of sick come up. I used it instinctively in BA WhatsApp chats, the rest of the lads took to it, and that was that...
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Billboard from Blue Action
at 09:15 13 Aug 2021

It's just the quality of the photo I think mate. Checked the original file and Holland's definitely got two l's...
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at 14:46 9 Aug 2021

No no, that's precisely what we WEREN'T expecting, hence why we didn't move..!

Anyway, you say you've donated to us in the past, which is really kind of you. We may not turn PR into the cauldron of noise we wanted, but we'll still do our bit, particularly when it comes to displays...
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at 13:39 9 Aug 2021

Yeah, I think that's a really good point, and I guess it's about us managing our own expectations as well. As you say, once Town start fizzing (and i'm confident they will), fans will hopefully develop a bit more 'resilience', I guess you can call it, if they concede...
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at 13:35 9 Aug 2021

Yeah, we strongly considered completely relocating to another part of the ground and, to be honest, seems the only real alternative. But that brings with it a whole set of new problems: would people have come with? Scooting over a few rows or to another block is one thing, but a whole new stand..? A potential cost increase of ST would affect that as well. Maybe the club would give us a discount, but then we'd get called entitled. Would existing ST holders be happy to have us there..? We'd be standing, jumping about, waving flags and making as much racket as possible. We get enough kick back in the Bobby Lower, where that sort of thing is expected - what about in areas where fans sit precisely for some peace and quiet..?

If you want to make an omelette, you have to crack some eggs. At some point, if the club is serious about addressing the atmosphere at PR (and it's going to need to come from on high), it's going to require some engineering and moving people about - unless of course a proper standing area is introduced. Maybe Mark Ashton has something in the works. I guess we'll see...
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at 13:16 9 Aug 2021

We take very special care to not come across as entitled. If you see any sense of entitlement in anything we say, it's because you want to see it. To make it clear: the travails of Blue Action are inconsequential as long as the team on the pitch is doing well. We're excited as everyone about where this club is going, and if we peter out into nothing while the club goes from success to success, there'd be no complaints from us...

We'd LIKE the club to consider properly addressing the variable atmosphere at PR as we - and the majority of fans - feel its good for the team on the pitch, the wider support base and the general self-esteem of the club. We've tried doing it on our own for 3 years but events at Morecambe make us worried we're not getting anywhere. If fans don't want to accommodate us - or any other 'singing' group - not a lot can be done and we'll just do the best we can with what we have ..
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at 09:12 9 Aug 2021

Yeah, that's a good point and definitely contributed. There's never any one thing, always a confluence of factors...
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