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Remember when Blundell Park was standing – it might be again

Standing areas in the top tiers of English football were banned following the Hillsborough disaster in 1989

The campaign for safe standing could be set to take a huge step on Monday as the issue gets debated in Parliament.

After a petition for a change in the laws regarding standing at football grounds hit 100,000 signatures, the campaign is set to be discussed in Westminster.

The calls for a re-introduction of standing at football grounds have grown over the past six months, and things could come to a head on Monday.

Standing areas in the top tiers of English football were banned following the inquiry by Lord Justice Taylor following the deaths of the 96 Liverpool supporters in the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.

But with the current campaign receiving overwhelming support, we could soon see a return to standing at Blundell Park – which was made all seater in the summer of 1995.

The Findus Stand is two-tiered and covered and it was the lower tier, which was originally terracing. Now there is only seven rows of seating. For big games, the club installs blocks of temporary seating in the two open corners of the ground; thus increasing the capacity of the ground by around 500.

Take a look at these pictures from down the years as Grimsby Town fans watch their team in Cleethorpes…

1. March 1953 – Blundell Park under floodlight as seen from the Harrington Street corner when the lights were tested during the weekend

2. May 1991 Grimsby Town v Exeter at Blundell Park. Grimsby won the game 2-1 and were promoted to the Second Division

3. Grimsby Town forward Billy Cairns in action against Tottenham Hotspur at Blundell Park – you can see the mass of fans standing on the terrace

4. Fans can be seen crowded into the corner in May 1991 for the Grimsby Town v Exeter match

5. The corner seating visible on the Harrington side in May 1991 when Grimsby played Exeter

6. Paul McGrath tackles Dave Gilbert as Andy Townsend and Gary Childs look on in the FA Cup fourth round clash at Blundell Park on January 29, 1994

7. Michael Forsyth and Paul Kitson (far left) celebrate Marco Gabbiadini’s goal in the Rams 1-0 win over Grimsby Town at Blundell Park in April 1992

8. Marco Gabbiadini celebrates his goal in the Rams 1-0 win over Grimsby Town at Blundell Park in April 1992

9. The late Peter Furneaux at the Osmond Stand Blundell Park