Iron fans making a stand against Ipswich

Last updated : 23 September 2010 By Luke Thornhill

Under Football League regulations clubs who compete in the Championship for more than three seasons are required to have all-seater stadiums, assuming the Iron are not relegated this season they will not be able to use the terrace in its current guise for Championship games.

Should the terrace be converted to seating, the stadium capacity will be reduced to 8,003. Although the ground rarely sells out, crowds were higher than that on five occasions last season and 9,077 attended Wednesday's Carling Cup third round tie against Manchester United.

"If the Iron pull a similar big draw next year, 1,000 of you may be locked out," points out Chris Nash, safe standing campaign organiser for the Football Supporters' Federation, writing for

The campaign has the support of Scunthorpe United, with Iron supporter David Beverley organising leaflets, banners and a petition for the visit of Ipswich Town on Saturday.

The aim is to present the petition to the Government in a bid to overturn the regulations. Teams competing below the Championship are not subject to the rules - as seen by many newly-built stadium including terraces, such as Morecambe's ground which opened this summer.

"This situation is absurd. The Donny Road End is modern and safe and complies with all of the latest government safety standards," added Nash. 

"Morecambe, two divisions below Scunthorpe, have recently built a new stadium - with safe standing areas almost identical to those at Glanford Park. It is unfair that the two clubs are treated differently; Scunthorpe United should not be punished with a capacity cut just because they play the better football."

David Beverley is looking for volunteers to help with the campaign, if you want to get involved email him at