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On Wednesday 14th June 2017 the much anticipated Premier league fixtures for the coming season were announced, but at what cost for travelling fans?
CST board member Tim Rolls along with other team’s Trust board members Kat Law of THST, Anna Burgess of Spirit of Shankly, and Amanda Jacks FSF Caseworker, a working group set up under the auspices of the Football Supporters Federation, have worked tirelessly for many months compiling analysis of the fixtures as evidence of the difficulties match going fans face.
“Packed stadiums and a vibrant atmosphere are key parts of the ‘product’ the Premier League sells to broadcasters. But anti-social kick-off times, midweek journeys the length of the country when no public transport is available and short notice rearrangements for TV purposes are making it increasingly difficult for fans to get to games.”
Tim has posted this informative piece on the FSF’s web site, with links to all the work that underpins the analysis.
On behalf of the CST, Tim also works tirelessly along with other team’s Trust boards on a range of issues that affect our members, including TV fixtures, plus many other topics as part of the Premier League structured dialogue meetings. We are grateful to Tim for his important contribution to our work.
Tim can be heard eloquently putting the case on TalkSport on Friday 16th June, listen from 21:00 to 21:30.
You can also read CST Chair David Chidgey’s thoughts on the subject on his Football.London piece here.