Stretford End Flags is disappointed that due to a delay in satisfying the requirements of the evaluation of the movement of away fans from the SE quadrant to Tier 3 of the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand, it is not possible to implement the proposed Scoreboard Paddock singing section for the 2012/13 season.
Manchester United has been asked for some further detailed analysis to allow them to form a definitive view on the proposals. Unfortunately there is not the time for the Club to do that work, conduct a ST renewal process, submit the proposals for approval and potentially implement the section for the start of next season.
Work has already begun to address the issues raised and the Club hopes to be in a position to make a further announcement at the start of next season.
The Club will keep dialogue going with Stretford End Flags and the other groups involved in this proposal and thanks the fans for their patience. SEF and other groups will now work to esnure that the singing section is in place for the start of the 2013/14 season and that we have the maximum publicity involved in making this a success.
Congratulations to Craig Hogg, who finished top of the SEF Premier League Fantasy Football.
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Stretford End Flags were honoured to create a mosaic for Harry Gregg's testimonial game at Windsor Park, Belfast.
The "HERO" wording was considered to be a fitting tribute to the former Manchester United goalkeeper, who was considered the hero after his bravery in Munich in 1958 and for his actions in goal for both club and country.
Harry was not aware of the mosaic and "HERO" acted as a backdrop as the two teams lined up to form a guard of honour to Welcome Harry Gregg onto the pitch.
Prior to the Fulham home game, representatives from Fans United, the supporters consortium behind the Old Trafford Singing Section met with senior Manchester United Officials Michael Bollingbroke, Phil Townsend and Karl Evans to discuss the Singing Section proposal.
As Manchester United had already decided to relocate away supporters to North Stand Tier 3, a decision made by the club before the singing section proposal was submitted, this has left an empty space within Old Trafford.
Manchester United are very keen for a fans lead initiative to be implemented within Old Trafford and the manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, himself is keen for an improvement in the Old Trafford atmosphere.
Manchester United will trial the movement of away fans to North Tier 3 for the Aston Villa home game, if this trial is successful, then all away supporters will be moved to tier 3 next season, for all games.
Should this move be sanctioned by the local council and authorities after the Aston Villa game, then the current away fans area will be empty for next season. in the past, this area of the ground was traditionally known as The Scoreboard Paddock and was home to some of the more vocal Manchester United fans.
Manchester United have offered this area for the proposed singing section and as a result, we have accepted this offer.
This area will incoporate blocks E230, E231, E232 and E233 (Currently occupied by away supporters) and will give us approximately 2,698 seats.
The current price bracket of these seats are £37 and £38, putting them in line with the current prices in Stretford End Tier 2.
The area can be seen in the picture below (Located between the raised green mesh line and the small metal fence at east lower)
The singing area will be a season ticket holder only area and existing season ticket holders will be given the opportunity to move into the singing section.
Andy Mitten, who attended the singing scetion meeting as a representative for the fanzine "United We Stand" has written this excellent article in The Manchester Evening News, we advise all fans to have a read of this - Andy Mitten Article
The key factor is that those wanting to sit in this area, are there as singers and people applying to sit here should be aware of that.
Supporters will be given the opportunity to relocate into the area and to submit a request to sit with friends, family etc, so that you can be sat together.
This area offers the best acoustics within Old Trafford due to its location and the proximity of the East/South Stand quadrant roof.
The area also offers one of the best views of the game within Old Trafford.
What we are now looking for, is a commitment from singers to move to this area next season.
Manchester United now have an official link on their website, were seasonticket holders can register their interest in moving to the new Scoreboard Paddock singing section. Current Season ticket holders can register at http://www.manutd.com/singingsection Once the season ticket renewal is in place, Manchester United will then arrange for you to be contacted in ordr to request seat moves with friends or family, so that you are sat together.
Currently we do not envisage that any under 16;s tickets will be available in thsi section, however the discounted 16/17 year old ticket ban will be applicable in the section.
We hope to meet again with Manchester United and following those discussions we will keep you informed on the latest developments.
(Updated 29th April 2012)
Manchester United have assessed the proposal submitted by SEF and other supporters groups for the implementation of a singing section within Old Trafford. The initial response from Manchester United is that they are in favour of the proposal and that they will hold discussions with SEF and the supporters groups to iron out the proposal and seek to install it ahead of next season.
We see this as a positive move and SEF and other supporters groups are hopeful that a positive outcome can be achieved. We hope that all Manchester United Supporters will back this proposal as we seek a better atmosphere within Old Trafford.
Full details of the proposal can be found here
We now need your feedback and you can vote on how the proposal may effect you -
We would like to know who would be in favour of moving seats or who feels they may move seats away from any designated singing area.
Your feedback is important and can help us at the meeting.
The following questions need your consideration -
* Would you move your seat to be part of the singing section in East Lower?
* Would you move your seat to the current away fans area if this became the singing section?
* Are you Currently In tier 2 of The Stretford End, if so, would you move your seat to another block within Tier 2, if this was designated a core singing area?
* Would you want to relocate your seat out of East Lower if it became a designated singing area, as you dont want to be part of a singing section?
Please vote on the poll, and leave any suggestions/concerns that you may have.
We will also be looking at other concerns such as ticket pricing within the areas, ticket priing should people move seats (Will it be higher or lower than what you currently pay) and if you would require seats together with mates located in a designated singing section.
Please add any feedback and vote at the forum here.
Prior to the weekends game with West Brom, Sir Alex Ferguson, through his comments in the United Review Match programme and on the official Manchester United website, called on the United support to raise its game.
"Time to ignite the chemistry between the team and the supporter. Our home record is not bad of course, but not as good as that of Manchester City, which is why today I'm calling for a combined effort of players and supporters to get us to the line with winning form on our own ground. Our crowd can make a big difference. I look back, for instance, to last season's match against Bolton. We were down to 10 men and heading for a goalless draw, only for our fans to get right behind the team and help us to a 1-0 win with a goal from Dimitar Berbatov just two minutes from the end. It was a great result and a key moment on the way to the title again. We needed a breakthrough and, happily, our crowd sensed the urgency to rise to the occasion." Sir Alex Ferguson. 11th March 2012.
On the Friday before, The Manchester United Fans forum were presented with the proposal for the Old Trafford singing section. The Fans forum was in favour of exploring the possibility for a singing section and Manchester United officials gave a favourable response. Further discussions between the club and the parties involved with the proposal will hopefully take place, as we look to install it in time for next season.
At the Fans forum, Manchester United confirmed that it intended to move the away supporters into tier 3 of The Sir Alex Ferguson Stand (North Stand) and that this would be trialled for the Aston Villa game in April. This move would free up the current visitors section at Old Trafford, as suggested in the singing section proposal and as such, could help with the instalation of an Old Trafford Singing section.
SEF and all of the other groups involved in the singing section, hope to gather more support and encourage all Manchester United supporters to make others aware of this proposal and to lend your support to improving the atmosphere within Old Trafford.