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Could safe standing return at football matches? Meet the Suffolk fan leading the march for change

PUBLISHED: 06:00 10 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:25 10 June 2018

Owen Riches, from Suffolk, who is campaigning for the return of safe standing at football matches in England    Picture: JOSH WARWICK

Owen Riches, from Suffolk, who is campaigning for the return of safe standing at football matches in England Picture: JOSH WARWICK

JOSH WARWICK

Meet Suffolk student and Ipswich Town season ticket holder Owen Riches, who is leading the calls for a return to safe standing at football grounds in England.

Be honest: what had you achieved by the time you turned 17? Managed a B in your French GSCE? Survived a week in Malia? Completed Grand Theft Auto on the hardest setting?

Or launched the ground-breaking campaign that could soon prompt a seismic shift in a policy that successive governments have maintained uncompromisingly for a quarter of a century?

Meet Owen Riches: the A-level student from Suffolk and Ipswich Town season ticket holder leading the march for a change in the law that would allow for the return of standing at football in England.

In January, he started a petition urging the government to think again about reversing Lord Justice Taylor’s all-seater stadia recommendation, which came after 96 Liverpool fans were killed in the horrific crush at Hillsborough in 1989.

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