Back in the summer of 2019 we launched our group and with it our first crowd-funder. With a target of £500, the crowd-funder surpassed all expectation, with over £1000 being raised – money which funded the purchase of around 60 flags which have been in use in the South Stand all season.
We are now delighted to have gained permission from STFC to start doing ‘tifo’ style pre-match displays in safe standing block 9. These are one-off hand-painted banners and flag displays unique to certain games.
In order to achieve this, we first require the materials – and this is where our second crowd-funder comes in. We have done the sums and require £350 to purchase the materials required to start doing basic displays – anything more will enable us to expand our scope and create more impressive spectacles.
The crowd-funder launches on Friday 6th March 2020 and we hope Salopians will once again back us in helping to provide colour to matchdays in the South Stand. Come on You Blues!
We were delighted to unveil 10 new flags at the Coventry game on December 14th. The ideas for the designs were crowdsourced on Twitter and were designed by the excellent Matt Burgess. Measuring 2 meters by 2 meters, they are our biggest flags yet, and got a great reaction on the terraces.
We were pleased to be able to help the the Supporters’ Parliament by displaying a remembrance flag during the two-minutes silence before the Peterborough game on November 5th. Thank you to everybody who helped out.
As we come down from the euphoric late comeback at Accrington last night, now seems a better time than ever to recap the first three home games of the season.
3rd August 2019 – Portsmouth
Having built up the grand unveiling of £1000 worth of flags at this fixture, it would be fair to say our project got off to fairly disastrous start after a series of delays meant that our flags had not in fact being delivered in time. Upon learning this fact (at around 10am on the day of the game) we had to take extremely swift action and thanks to the intervention of STFC Supporter Liason Officer Mike Davis we were able to locate an unused box of foil flags from deep within the bowels of New Meadow.
Whilst this was hardly ideal, and opinions on foil flags are, shall we say, “mixed”, in the end, any thoughts of flags were put the back of most peoples minds as a Ryan Giles thunderbolt secured an immediate and unexpected first win of the season in front an atmosphere which we hope is at least partially encapsulated in this short video.
13 August 2019 – Rotherham (League Cup)
Having finally gained possession of all the flags, we decided to reassure people we had not blown the crowdfunded money on holidays by demonstrating a small number of them at the Rotherham League Cup fixture. Such was the quality on the pitch that they were waved for much of the game without a hint of complaint from anybody. It was also a relief to discover that the pipes we had purchased from Wickes (and had to saw in the car-park to fit in the car) were perfectly adept at being used as flagpoles.
17 August 2019 – Rochdale
Having gone down The Meadow the day after the Rotherham game to undertake the surprisingly labour intensive task of attaching all 45 new flags to their respective poles, we were all ready to go for the Rochdale game. All the flags were distributed prior to the game and received excellent feedback both in the stands and on social media. Thank you to everybody who got involved.
Happily, as requested, every single flag was left behind in the South Stand following the game, so we are ready for another full display at the Burton game. See you in the South Stand.
After a phenomenal response from Salop fans saw our crowdfunder to purchase flags for the South Stand hit its £500 target in just a couple of days, rather than saying “job done”, we decided to expand our ambitions and double the target to £1000.
As the month went on, aided by press coverage in the Shropshire Star and Shrewsbury Chronicle, we edged closer and closer to the new ambitious target – and with days to spare we are delighted to have now reached the magic four figures.
The donation that got us over the line came from “Salopian Pride”, who describe themselves as “Shrewsbury Town’s group for LGBTQ+ Fans and Allies”, who can be found on Twitter at @salopianpride. Their donation of £60 is amongst the biggest we have received and we will ensure it is put to good use!
For those who would still like to contribute, time is now of the essence, with the crowdfunder due to close early in the morning of Friday July 5th – just visit https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/southstandflags to chip in. All donations are gratefully received and will allow to make our project even bigger and better.
In the meantime, things are progressing with the designs and we will be looking at purchasing the flags in plenty of time for the season-opener against Portsmouth. We will announce more details in due course but we are very excited about bringing some of the suggestions put to us to fruition. We hope you’ll like what is in store.
We are pleased to announce that we are now selling packs of 10 stickers for just £2.50 plus £1 for postage. The stickers are of the high-quality laminated variety, and are cut to the shape of our flag logo. Any profits made will go back into the flag project.
If you are interesting in purchasing some stickers, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or slide into our DMs on Twitter @southstandflags to arrange payment (bank transfer or paypal) and delivery.
On Monday 10th June, at the invitation of CEO Brian Caldwell, we attended a meeting at STFC regarding our project. Also present at the meeting were representatives from the club’s safety and media departments, as well as from the Supporters’ Parliament. The meeting provided us with an opportunity to outline our ideas to the club, and for them to provide feedback in terms of how they can support us, and anything we may need to be wary of going forward.
The first topic to be discussed was what exactly is permitted in the stadium? The club’s safety representative explained that supporters are free to bring flags up to a size of 2m x 1m with any exposed flagpole needing to be less than 1m in length. This means that the majority of the flags we intend to purchase will not need any special permission. Any flags larger than this will require the relevant fire safety testing, and we will therefore work with the club going forward to ensure that know any flags we have planned are allowed in the stadium before we purchase them!
In terms of where flags are going to be located, much of this depends on how much money is raised, which affects how many flags are purchased, and therefore how many people we can get involved. Our long term aim remains to turn the entire South Stand into a sea of blue and amber before Town home games and if our crowdfunder continues its success and exceeds £1000, there is a good chance this will become a reality sooner rather than later.
Regulation-wise, whilst in theory any flag which is within the aforementioned stadium regulations is allowed in any part of the ground, it is clear that we will have to be mindful of the wheelchair platform which is situated at the back of block 11, 12 and part of block 10. As a group we will avoid placing large flags in front of the platform and encourage people in this area who want to get involved to be mindful of those behind them. Having said that, we want to involve disabled Salop fans in our displays as much as they want to be involved.For all other supporters…
If you want to play a more active role in the pre-match displays, especially with regard to the larger flags, we encourage you to join us near the front of the safe standing section in block 9, which is where our group is already based.
Also discussed was the issue of handing out and collecting in flags. The club are happy for us to have a point for fans to collect flags before the match, near the safe standing turnstiles. Likewise, there will be collection points at each exit of the South Stand post-match for fans to leave flags behind after the game. It will be crucial to our long-term success that flags are left behind and not taken home as souvenirs, and we are confident Salop fans will respect this. The club have also confirmed that they are happy to provide storage for our flags between games, which will be much appreciated given the quantity of flags.
We are currently in the initial stages of designing our flags, and hope to have finalised designs ready to order by the time our crowdfunder closes on July 3rd. In this respect, we are grateful to the club’s media department, who have kindly offered to provide high quality vector images to help us produce the larger flags.
Finally, please continue to contribute at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/southstandflags and encourage your mates to do likewise – economies of scale mean that every pound donated from now on has an even greater impact than the last. Until next time, Come on You Blues!