Shrewsbury Town’s supporter-led crowdfunding campaign has been extended, with the club now reaching the £50,000 mark in their bid to install rail seating in the club’s Salop Leisure South Stand.
Shrewsbury Town FC Supporters Parliament are leading the campaign and have secured 64 per cent of their £75,000 target with the help of Shrewsbury Town, Shrews fans, local businesses, and supporters of safe standing everywhere since launching the bid at the beginning of August.
The latest landmark was reached following a donation from fans of Sky Bet Championship side Bristol City, who donated £150, and the Bristol City Supporters Club & Trust will have its name engraved on a rail seat to demonstrate their ongoing support of the safe standing campaign
The Shrews are the first EFL club to apply for a licence for rail seating, an action that was made possible after the EFL and the SGSA established a process whereby the 29 clubs in the EFL that are not currently subject to an all-seater requirement could seek to install rail seating at their stadium.
Beyond the provisions set for the 29 clubs not subject to the All-Seater Policy, the EFL continues to lobby the Government for changes that would enable all 72 member clubs the same opportunity to utilise standing accommodation if they so wish.
Mike Davis of the Supporters Parliament said: "The end date was merely an indicative point to aim for, and the real objective is to raise the money we need, so we will keep the campaign open until we do. Giving every fan the choice to stand is far more important."
The crowdfunding campaign will continue to run until the £75,000 target is reached, and pledges can be made at tifosy.com/shrews.