Crowdfunder smashes target

Since its launch on Friday morning, the response to our crowdfunder has been nothing short of phenomenal. After just three days, we have smashed the intial £500 target, meaning that as of Monday evening, the crowdfunder sits at a hugely impressive £745. Thank you to everybody who has contributed so far.

Our crowdfunder has already smashed its original target

As the crowdfunder still has a full month left to run, we have decided to extend the target to £1000. Unlike the original target, it is not essential for this to be met in order for us to receive the funds, although economies of scale mean that every pound pledged is now having an even greater impact in terms of what we’ll be able to purchase.

We have been in regular contact with the Supporters’ Parliament and Shrewbury Town Football Club and we are delighted with the manner in which both have embraced our project. The club have even featured us in an article on their official website, which can be read at https://www.shrewsburytown.com/news/2019/june/south-stand-flag-project/.

We will be heading to New Meadow in due course to discuss specifics around what we can do with our project, we will provide an update once we have done this.

Finally, this is a fan-led project so please do let us know if you have any ideas for flags designs, or anything else you think we might be able to help with regarding the atmosphere at home games – we can be contacted at @southstandflags on twitter, or via email at southstandflags@gmail.com. Once again, thank you to all who have contributed. Let’s see if we can hit £1000!

STFC give go-ahead for flag project

We are delighted to announce that, following discussions with the STFC safety officer, we have been given to the green light to proceed with our flag project, for which crowdfunding commences on Friday May 31st. We would thank the club for their reasonable and enthusiastic approach to this fan-led initiative.

“From Gay Meadow to Wembley, we’ll keep the blue flag flying high”

South Stand Flags crowdfunder to be launched

We are delighted to announce that our first crowdfunder will be launched on Friday 31st May 2019. It will run for a period of 5 weeks and will have a target of £500. The proceeds will be used to purchase around 100 flags for the South Stand for use on home match days. All flags will be re-usable and will be at games throughout the season.

Please note that this will be an all or nothing crowdfunder, meaning that if the £500 is not reached, the project will not happen, so please give generously! If the £500 target is exceeded this will enable the purchase of more flags and create an even better spectacle.

From Friday 31st May onwards, the crowdfunder can be found at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/southstandflags

Looking back. Moving forwards.

Come on, be honest, how many people still replay that Richard Wood extra-time header in their minds on a daily basis? Thinking what if Carlton Morris had played that pass through on goal at one-all? What if we’d had Eisa on the bench ready to run at tired legs? What if Lenell Jo… you get the idea.

Nearly a year on from the event, it still takes some getting used to. But maybe its easier to dwell on what might have been, than it is to think about what we have. Just a few years ago if you’d predicted we’d now be watching a Salop team playing in blue and amber stripes with a loggerheads badge attacking the safe standing section in the South Stand you’d have been laughed out of town. Things have changed, and for the better. And though it’s not perfect, and never will be, its hard to remember a time when the club’s relationship with the fans has been better.

With this, comes opportunities. Perhaps none more-so prominent than the introduction of safe standing in the South Stand. This is something many of us were asking for for years, albeit never thinking we’d ever see it actually happen, but thanks largely to the outstanding work of the Supporters’ Parliament, happen it has.

The South Stand during Shrewsbury Town vs Accrington Stanley, 2014 © STFC Youtube Channel.

Whilst of course, standing behind goal is not for everyone, the experience of those pioneers who have moved to the South Stand has been interesting to say the least. Of course, it is not easy trying to create something from nothing, and it would be fair to say there were one or two people block 9 who perhaps did not welcome a few dozen loud-mouths with flags and a drum into their previously hushed surroundings. Nonetheless, though nobody is claiming it to be of Galasatasary-esque proportions, the atmosphere at New Meadow has by most accounts held-up pretty well, especially when one considers the “entertainment” that has been provided on the pitch. This is something we should all be proud of, but as far as we’re concerned, it’s only the start.

So, what next? The intention of this group is to be more ambitious with regard to the atmosphere at New Meadow, with the initial primary intention being organising flag displays at home games. We believe this can not only create an impressive visual spectacle, but our experience in block 9, even with a relatively small number of flags , has been that the atmosphere as a whole tends to lift when there is a flag display before the game.

We therefore aim to build this into something much bigger and better, by filling the entire South Stand with flags and creating something to be proud of. This is something by the fans, for the fans. And we can’t wait to get started.

Stay tuned for more.

Floreat Salopia.