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Friday, January 19, 2007

Edgar Street Goes Smoke Free

Edgar Street, and the Football League as a whole, will go smoke free from July.

The Football League will ban smoking within the confines of their member clubs stadiums from this July in a move that will exceed the legislation which will come into force at the same time.

Several clubs are already operating smoke free stands and in some cases entire stadiums. The Football League directive will extend the ban to all 72 clubs, echoing a survey last year that found that 80% of supporters backed a ban. League chairman Brian Malwhinney said:

"In re-branding The Football League we made a serious, long-term commitment to encouraging a new generation of supporters to our matches. This is the latest stage in that process. We aim to get more families and more young fans going along to watch their local Football League club. This new policy will ensure that doing so does not have a negative effect on their health."