Published: 01/06/2012
ISBN: 9781780881775
Format: Paperback



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Peter Caton was born in 1960 and has always lived in Upminster, Essex. He is married with two children. After training as a polymer chemist, he set up his own business testing and manufacturing adhes... read more

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Stand Up Sit Down
A Choice to Watch Football
by Peter Caton

For a hundred years most supporters watched football from terraces, a culture that was an integral part of the game. By the 1980s though, neglected stadia, hooliganism and a lack of concern for safety meant that football had to change, and after 96 Liverpool fans tragically died at Hillsborough, Lord Taylor’s report recommended that our grounds should be all-seated. Many people however believe that something of the soul has been taken away from watching football and that standing is the natural way to feel part of the game.

In Stand Up Sit Down Peter Caton considers the arguments for and against the choice to stand to watch football. He visits the 23 English grounds that still have terraces, seeking the views of clubs and supporters, travels to Yorkshire to watch rugby league and to Germany to stand on a convertible terrace. With extensively researched background, the author analyses the disasters and hooliganism that led to all-seating, and the many changes that have occurred in the game. He considers various solutions proposed to allow standing, and highlights obstacles facing those backing the choice to stand. His own experiences of watching football at all levels add insight and interest. The book ends by asking its own questions and with a whiff of conspiracy.

Illustrated with colour photographs, Stand Up Sit Down is a fascinating read, which unearths some surprising facts and raises many controversial issues relevant to all who love the football.

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Peter Caton's first book, Essex Coast Walk, was published in June 2009. This describes a series of walks along the full length of the Essex coast, with much information on the people, places, history and wildlife encountered on the way. The book was reprinted in November 2009 and continues to sell steadily. A narrative not a guide book, Essex Coast Walk is an easy read, with gentle humour to match the coastline's gentle beauty, and has been appreciated both by people with an interest in the county and by those who just enjoy a good interesting read.

Peter's next book No Boat Required - Exploring Tidal Islands was published in summer 2011. This book describes Peter's visits to the 43 tidal islands which can be walked to from the UK mainland. It includes tales of travelling to the islands - some easy, some less so, information on the islands' history and wildlife, plus many interesting and amusing stories discovered on the way.

Peter's third book Stand Up Sit Down - A Choice to Watch Football was published in June 2012. This chronicles his visits to the 23 English Football League grounds that still have terraces and examines the arguments for and against the choice to stand at football.

In his fourth book, The Next Station Stop - Fifty Years by Train, which will be published in August 2013, Peter revisits locations of childhood holidays on a 10,000 mile tour of Britain, discovering what it’s like to travel on our modern railways and comparing experiences with train journeys made over the last fifty years.

He has just started his fifth book - walking the Suffolk Coast.

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