Drinking alcohol in your seat could be re-instated in football grounds( L2 and National League only) ?

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Not sure what to make of it to be honest probably because we haven’t for so long. What is the difference between drinking in your seat at a cricket match (as I do) to a football match? I guess more young kids attend football. Let’s see how this plays out. Not sure I would drink whilst watching football.
 

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Not sure what to make of it to be honest probably because we haven’t for so long. What is the difference between drinking in your seat at a cricket match (as I do) to a football match? I guess more young kids attend football. Let’s see how this plays out. Not sure I would drink whilst watching football.
The important thing here is ending the discrimination against football fans compared to other sports.
 

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plenty of opportunity in getting a beer before and after a match as well as half time.
Why would we want to bring back drinking while your sitting in your seat, with all the problems that might bring?
 

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BFC should offer up the TW8s to participate in the trial. What could possibly go wrong?!!! 🤣🤣🤣
 

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The important thing here is ending the discrimination against football fans compared to other sports.
I’m not sure whether they do but it is strange to say London Irish fans can have a pint at their seat but we can’t. Drinking is not going to be made mandatory and we’re all well used to not drinking at our seats but it would be nice to have the option. It’s up to us if it is allowed to decide whether we want to throw our pints in the air or make Headingley Western Terrace snakes of empties, or preferably not.

Basically, treat football fans as being capable of behaving responsibly, like we do when we watch other sports, go to the cinema, theatre, gigs, opera etc.

Half time queues would also be much less of an issue if it were possible to go for a pint during the game and not have to stay in the concourse to drink it.
 

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Beer celebrations. No thanks.
Constant up and down to let people to the bar and back. No thanks.
For seated areas, agree.

But if standing terraces were also allowed, then why not let this happen? I was at a Bundesliga game in Germany 3 or 4 years ago, and all round me on the home terrace were enjoying their beer and currywurst and it didn't spoil things - quite the contrary, in fact.
 

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I'd like to see it come back. Seems so odd I can go to Headingley and sit there with 4 pints at my feet but when it takes me 20 minutes to get served a BCS I can't take my pint in hand back to my seat and enjoy the second half.

As said, it may help to ease the queues, although I do think that is more of an operational issue at the moment.
 

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Beer celebrations. No thanks.
Constant up and down to let people to the bar and back. No thanks.
Beer celebrations I can tolerate. The up and downs like a rugby match...NO THANK YOU!!
 

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Not for me, the football provides a convenient break to get my bearings back together, particularly on away days.
 

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I've noticed quite a few manage to bring a beer into the stadium bowl at BCS, maybe wider entries allow more smuggling to take place than at GPG. A possible compromise would be to allow alcholic drinks to be brought through for up to 5 mins after each halve starts. A bit more convenient but without the inconvenience of people getting up during a half to refill?
 

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The important thing here is ending the discrimination against football fans compared to other sports.
And that's what tips it for me in terms of being okay with the proposal despite down sides the fruity one has mentioned earlier.
 

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If people are so pathetically desperate to sit down all afternoon and drink beer they should stay in the pub and leave football supporters to watch the football without having to get up and down every time someone needs another fix (and they should probably seek professional support for their vice if they can’t endure 2 x 45 min periods without needing alcohol).

There - I’ve said it.

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This is going to be for League Two and Conference ONLY
...as a pilot
"Crouch’s independent review will call for pilot schemes to allow drinking at clubs in the National League’s top division and League Two with a view to ending the restrictions across all divisions."
 

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If people are so pathetically desperate to sit down all afternoon and drink beer they should stay in the pub and leave football supporters to watch the football without having to get up and down every time someone needs another fix (and they should probably seek professional support for their vice if they can’t endure 2 x 45 min periods without needing alcohol).

There - I’ve said it.

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I dont think it would be like that. People would bring a beer in with them, and the same after half time. Even those who like a "fix" wouldnt feel the need to have one every 20 odd minutes. The main drama in my opinion is the mad rush on 40mins as they have to order and drink one in less then 15mins.............. This would end that to a certain degree.

Banana and Hobbsy are both right.

Do we need a beer at football? No, i can last 90mins but its nice to have the option and not be treated like pond life. If cricket, rugby can do it then football should be no different.
 

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If people are so pathetically desperate to sit down all afternoon and drink beer they should stay in the pub and leave football supporters to watch the football without having to get up and down every time someone needs another fix (and they should probably seek professional support for their vice if they can’t endure 2 x 45 min periods without needing alcohol).

There - I’ve said it.

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I love a beer or three before the game… and a few afterwards too. But agree with you 100%.

Punters going back and forth to the bar and the bog and consistently getting in people‘s way. Not to mention the ‘beer in the air’ celebrations…. There will be problems.

I know of a lady at work who went to several rugby World Cup games a few years ago, and she was shocked at how many punch ups were caused in the stands by people constantly getting up and down, being too pissed to stand, and spilling booze on other punters.
 

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If you don't open the bars during the match but allow people to take their pre match / half time beers in that would probably be acceptable.

Also it would be up to the club to choose which stands areas are served and for how long.
 

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If you don't open the bars during the match but allow people to take their pre match / half time beers in that would probably be acceptable.

Also it would be up to the club to choose which stands areas are served and for how long.

If people take pints into the stands then all we’ll get is Croydon Box Park-type beer ‘celebrations’ when we score, resulting in punch ups, or pints getting accidentally spilt ‘cos people will just put them on the floor where they’ll get knocked over, resulting in punch ups, plus the usual traffic of people going to/fro the toilet/bar and disturbing everyone for entirely selfish reasons, resulting in punch ups.

This is so transparently predicatable it doesn’t take Nostradamus to see what will happen.

I repeat: if people are so pathetically desperate to sit down all afternoon and drink beer they should stay in the pub and leave football supporters to watch the football without having to get up and down every time someone needs another fix (and they should probably seek professional support for their vice if they can’t endure 2 x 45 min periods without needing alcohol).
 

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If people take pints into the stands then all we’ll get is Croydon Box Park-type beer ‘celebrations’ when we score, resulting in punch ups, or pints getting accidentally spilt ‘cos people will just put them on the floor where they’ll get knocked over, resulting in punch ups, plus the usual traffic of people going to/fro the toilet/bar and disturbing everyone for entirely selfish reasons, resulting in punch ups.

This is so transparently predicatable it doesn’t take Nostradamus to see what will happen.

I repeat: if people are so pathetically desperate to sit down all afternoon and drink beer they should stay in the pub and leave football supporters to watch the football without having to get up and down every time someone needs another fix (and they should probably seek professional support for their vice if they can’t endure 2 x 45 min periods without needing alcohol).

That's a valid point and it should be up to the club or safety group to decide what and when they sell. Remember the farce at Stadium:mk where you have to be shunted into a little room to drink because the concourses are open?

And also having to close the blinds in hospitality is probably a driver too.
 

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Agree with everyone’s posts tbh….and the trouble is if an opposing player celebrates in front of a home crowd the drink will be thrown at that player and then we will all be tainted as thugs and can’t control your supporters etc leading to bans and fines for the club just have some drink before and after I go to football to watch the game not to drink and I do like a drink but after or before for me
 

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Agree with everyone’s posts tbh….and the trouble is if an opposing player celebrates in front of a home crowd the drink will be thrown at that player and then we will all be tainted as thugs and can’t control your supporters etc leading to bans and fines for the club just have some drink before and after I go to football to watch the game not to drink and I do like a drink but after or before for me

I present the behaviour of the Hungary fans against Sterling as evidence in support of this statement, m’lud.
 
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I have been to many Aussie Rules and Australian rugby and rugby league matches. Alcoholic drinks are available but not compulsory. The only problem is how disgusting factory produced Australian beer is. I have seen drunken fights break out at cricket at the MCG but never at football.
 

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My missus sat next to a fella at Twickenham who got up 8 times to get a beer during the game (Ba Bas game).
Now we didn't have to move, but the people next to him did.
He tried chatting me missus up who told him to eff off.
By the end of the game he was ill.
He probably had a great day.
Boasted about his hangover.
How much he puked up.
How much he had to drink, but omitted to say he was a ****.
I know not everyone is the same.

At Lords in 2005, Sussex v Lancashire, I told a bloke in no uncertain way to stay in the bar as we had to get up and down consistently so he could get the round of drinks whenever his group wanted one.
Apparently he lost his bet so he was barman. He nearly lost teeth too.

Not a fan. Will be annoying for many and beer celebrations!!!!
Brilliant go home stinking of beer and piss because you know and I know someone will piss in a cup.
It will happen.
 

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So…..I’m trawling through this thread looking for a sign that the Director (pause for laughter) for Fans Relations is engaged in some way….. 😐
 

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If people take pints into the stands then all we’ll get is Croydon Box Park-type beer ‘celebrations’ when we score, resulting in punch ups, or pints getting accidentally spilt ‘cos people will just put them on the floor where they’ll get knocked over, resulting in punch ups, plus the usual traffic of people going to/fro the toilet/bar and disturbing everyone for entirely selfish reasons, resulting in punch ups.

This is so transparently predicatable it doesn’t take Nostradamus to see what will happen.

I repeat: if people are so pathetically desperate to sit down all afternoon and drink beer they should stay in the pub and leave football supporters to watch the football without having to get up and down every time someone needs another fix (and they should probably seek professional support for their vice if they can’t endure 2 x 45 min periods without needing alcohol).
Good point. Can see this soon getting overturned if it comes in Don’t mind having a beer watching the B team play at at Bedfont etc but watching Sergi score a last minute winner at Putney to relegate them next season will be carnage…..craft beer and quinoa everywhere.
 

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Purely from a discrimination point of view, I’d want to see beer allowed again in the stands. But I think there are some ways the club could be smart about implementing it - for example, only allowing beer to be drunk in seats in certain stands - that way those that don’t want to be bothered by people going back and forth all the time can avoid it by going to another stand.

To avoid scenes like those in Hungary, maybe only allow drinking in seats in seating areas at the back of the stands? Something like that.
 

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I like beer. I like watching football. But which is better? Beer or watching football?

There's only one way to find out....

FIGHT!
 

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Well given the amount of people I've seen with beers at their seats in the West Stand I think we may have started this trial already.
 
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Purely from a discrimination point of view, I’d want to see beer allowed again in the stands. But I think there are some ways the club could be smart about implementing it - for example, only allowing beer to be drunk in seats in certain stands - that way those that don’t want to be bothered by people going back and forth all the time can avoid it by going to another stand.

To avoid scenes like those in Hungary, maybe only allow drinking in seats in seating areas at the back of the stands? Something like that.

This is the way it works in some sporting stadia in Australia. You can buy a ticket for either a drinking or non drinking area. The system has worked well for many years.
 

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I go to sit/stand and watch the game for the 90+ mins. I'm content to have a few beers before and after the game, that does me fine. Rarely have one at half time mainly because of queuing for a p*ss. A couple of years ago I went to Twickenham for the season double header opener. Can't tell you the number of times I had to get up to let people out to the bar.
 

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I think the suggestions of allowing people to take drinks to seats but then closing the bars while play is under way and potentially allowing beer to be drunk in standing areas are good compromises. Otherwise, I’m not in favour.

It works well in non-league because the bulk of people are standing so everyone else isn’t being disrupted. And we’ve cricket there are obvious breaks in the play which you don’t necessarily get in football.

45 minutes isn’t an unreasonable length of time to go without a beer. I understand the desire to treat football fans the same as those of other sports but this would make the experience worse, IMO.
 

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At no point yesterday would I have wanted to leave my seat to get beer!
Me either. Although I didn’t want to miss any of the first half so only five minutes left of half time before I’d get a beer meaning had to either down it, leave half of it or miss the start of the second half.

Would have been nice to be able to take it up to the stand with me.
 

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Me either. Although I didn’t want to miss any of the first half so only five minutes left of half time before I’d get a beer meaning had to either down it, leave half of it or miss the start of the second half.

Would have been nice to be able to take it up to the stand with me.

Serious question - if Toney’s goal had been given in the 88th minute, do you think you would *not* have spilled your beer over your neighbours?
 

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If beer was allowed in the stands and there was rugby-style to-ing and fro-ing to the bar and toilets throughout the match, “sit down man” in the dug out area would completely flip. He gave the impression of being the only person who didn’t enjoy Saturday’s match, because every time we attacked down our left side in the 2nd half the crowd in the front rows stood up, so the people behind them stood up, and when everyone else was cheering / applauding, he was loudly working his way through the chorus of the James song from the early 90s!
 

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Serious question - if Toney’s goal had been given in the 88th minute, do you think you would *not* have spilled your beer over your neighbours?
I noticed in the West Stand that when Wissa got his goal there was an absolute fountain of liquid (couldn't tell if it was water or beer) going up in the air. I'd hate to have been in that area..
 
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