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Finally, things are set to change, and after several years of all seater stadia in the top two divisions of English football, some clubs will be trialling safe standing areas next year.

The Guardian recently described it as a supporter campaign that had gone to extra time, penalties and more than a few replays before fans’ groups could finally declare victory with clubs in the Premier League and Championship able to apply to run trials from the start of next year.

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Burnley FC Supporters Groups has always fully supported this campaign alongside the Football Supporters Association (FSA) and as such made immediate contact with club chairman Alan Pace to ask whether Burnley would be making an application.

He confirmed that we would not be making an application at this time but that wasn’t a surprise given that FSA Safe Standing rep Peter Daykin had suggested to us that trial licences would, almost certainly, only be awarded to clubs who already had rail seating in place such as Tottenham (pictured above).

Pace explained that we were not in a position to apply for the trial but did indicate his support for safe standing if done in the right way. He did confirm he would keep in contact should there be any developments.

The trial is being organised by the Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA) and it has been reported that six clubs have applied for trial licences to commence on 1st January next year. Those six clubs are expected to be named next month.

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