Shrews meet rail seat crowdfunding target

New Meadow James Humphreys

Shrewsbury Town are one step closer to being the first club in England & Wales to introduce safe standing at their New Meadow stadium, following the successful completion of their crowdfunding campaign.

The £65,000 target was met late last week with pledges from almost 1,000 supporters and a significant contribution from online betting company Fansbet.

Work on the 500 rail seats at the 10-000 capacity, currently all-seater New Meadow ground can now begin and its expected to be unveiled in early-2018.

Shrewsbury Town Supporters' Parliament spearheaded the campaign in partnership with the club and fan-funding specialists Tifosy. 

Chair Shrewsbury Town Supporters’ Parliament Roger Groves said: "This is a remarkable achievement by the hundreds of fans and sponsors, especially FansBet, who have paved the way for the thousands more to bring standing back to matchdays at their clubs.

"I am very proud that Shrewsbury Town has been at the heart of this."

Earlier this year, the Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA) created a formal process to enable clubs with all-seater grounds, but not covered by all-seater legislation, to apply for licensing for rail seating. 

Shrewsbury Town applied for a rail seat license and were given the green light by the SGSA - with funding now in place the League One side are set to be the first English club with a usuable rail seating area.

EFL Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey said: “I am pleased that Shrewsbury Town has successfully sourced the necessary funding to support the proposed installation of rail seating.

"I know the campaign has benefitted from a strong community effort and I congratulate the club’s supporters, as well as those from other clubs that have contributed.

"The EFL is committed to seeking a change in the law that will give all of our clubs the same opportunity to install standing accommodation at their grounds should they wish. We are keen to see how the installation enhances the matchday experience at Shrewsbury Town and we hope that it provides evidence that we can take to Government to support our objective."

Thanks to James Humphreys for the image used in this article.