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Joint Statement from Arsenal Supporters Trust and Chelsea Supporters Trust on the Europa League Final in Baku

Having reached the Europa League final on May 29th, loyal supporters of both Arsenal and Chelsea should be looking forward to seeing their teams compete in a European final, always a great occasion.

Sadly, many have already decided that the cost and logistical difficulty of reaching the designated venue, Baku, means that they cannot attend. Baku is one of the most inaccessible cities in Europe from the UK, with few direct flights from any western European destination. Fans who have been to 40+ games this season, loyal supporters by any definition, are unable to attend the climax of their club’s season, a dreadful reward for their season-long commitment.

Flight prices are exorbitant, and many supporters will have to use ingenuity and a combination of flights then taxis and trains from neighbouring countries to reach the city. Hotel prices have also, inevitably, ballooned, not helped by the fact the UEFA and sponsors have pre-booked much of the available accommodation.

For those determined to attend, allocations of under 6,000 tickets for each club seem laughable, given the stadium capacity of some 68,000. The cost and complexity, plus extended time off work, has put many loyal supporters off going but, regardless, the allocation for competing clubs should clearly be far higher.

Baku airport cannot cope with high volumes of air traffic, making it unsuitable to host a final where thousands of supporters would fly in. Rather than use this as a reason to not award the game to Baku, UEFA have stated that the ticket allocations are so small precisely because of these capacity issues!

Rather than subsidising travel as a gesture of thanks for their support, which the clubs could certainly afford, both Arsenal and Chelsea are complicit in fleecing fans with the outrageous £979 day trips both clubs are operating, through ‘official partner’ Thomas Cook.

Enough is enough. As independent supporter organisations at Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC we call for supporter dialogue with UEFA with a view to implementing the following principles for European finals in future seasons:

  • ​A cap on ticket pricing
  • An allocation of tickets to the two competing clubs that reflects the importance of those supporters to the spectacle and atmosphere
  • Consumer protection measures to at least stop the practice of repricing existing deals and cancelling pre-booked hotel rooms
  • Selection of locations for UEFA finals that have the transport and accommodation infrastructure to cope with an influx of overseas supporters
  • Flexibility over the choice of final location at least until the quarter final results are known.

Liverpool and Chelsea remembering Hillsborough

For those attending the game on Sunday, please note that a minute’s silence will be held at the game between Liverpool and Chelsea as the clubs come together to remember the victims of the Hillsborough tragedy.

For details, please read the article from the Chelsea website.

https://www.chelseafc.com/en/news/2019/04/12/liverpool-and-chelsea-remembering-hillsborough

 

 

Take Part in the 2019 Chelsea Supporters Trust Annual Survey

It’s that time of year again! The Trust’s seventh Annual Survey is now open. Thanks to your participation the Trust will continue to operate on a mandate that truly represents our membership’s views about the issues affecting the Club.

Once the survey has closed, we will produce our findings and then sit down with the Club to discuss the questions raised. Your opinions really do make a difference. 

The Closing Date is Monday 22nd April.

Members have been emailed their own special link to the survey (please check junk mail folders if you have not received it).

You can also access the survey on the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CST_Survey19

You can read about responses to previous surveys in the survey section of our website.

Thank you for your participation!

Chelsea Supporters Trust
“Making your voice heard”

Foodbank collection at Wolves game

Chelsea Supporters Trust are pleased to announce that our next collection for the Hammersmith and Fulham Food Bank will be before Sunday’s league game against Wolves.

If you are coming to the game on Saturday, the collection point for donations will once again be at the CFCUK stall which is opposite the Fulham Broadway Centre and next to the old Fulham Town Hall,

It is important to note that you will need to please bring any donations there by 1.15pm, as we need to get them in storage before the match.

Our thanks, as always, go to Chelsea FC who are kindly providing us with a storage facility for the donated items.

We hope you can give generously from the list of items below or if you can spare any amount of money that is also welcome.
Items that they urgently need are :
• Juice (long life)
• Long life sponge puddings
• Long life milk
• Tinned vegetables
• Tinned meat
• Rice pudding
• Coffee
• Toilet roll (and other toiletries
Please note they already have plenty of beans, tea and pasta

Thank you for your generous support.

For further information about Hammersmith and Fulham Food bank, visit their website or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Foodbank collection at Huddersfield Game

Chelsea Supporters Trust are pleased to announce that we are having another collection for the Hammersmith and Fulham Food Bank. We hope that yet again, supporters will have a chance show their wonderful generosity!

The next collection for the Food Bank will be before Saturday’s league game against Huddersfield Town.

If you are coming to the game on Saturday, the collection point for donations will once again be at the CFCUK stall which is opposite the Fulham Broadway Centre and next to the old Fulham Town Hall,

It is important to note that you will need to please bring any donations there by 1.55pm, as we need to get them in storage before 2pm.

Our thanks go to Chelsea FC who are kindly providing us with a storage facility for the donated items.

We hope you can give generously from the list of items below or if you can spare any amount of money that is also welcome.
Items that they urgently need are :
• Juice (long life)
• Long life sponge puddings
• Long life milk
• Tinned vegetables
• Tinned meat
• Rice pudding
• Coffee
• Toilet roll (and other toiletries
Please note they already have plenty of beans, tea and pasta

Thank you for your generous support.

For further information about Hammersmith and Fulham Food bank, visit their website or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

H&F Food Bank – Thank you !

A huge thank you to all who donated to the Chelsea Supporters Trust collection for the Hammersmith and Fulham Food Bank before the Leicester game on Saturday.  Your generous donations meant we were able to fill up 3 trolleys of much needed food and toiletries. This be will much appreciated by those in need this Christmas. Aside from all the items there were some very generous cash donations too.

Well done to Trust board member, Cliff Auger, who is the driving force behind this great initiative.

Thank you also to Sainsbury’s in Fulham Broadway shopping centre for letting us borrow their trollies, and Chelsea FC for enabling us to store the collect food inside the ground.

Please look out for our next collection which will be before the FA cup game against Forest on Jan 5th

For further information about Hammersmith and Fulham Food bank, visit their website or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Foodbank Collection at Leicester game

Chelsea Supporters Trust are really pleased to announce that our very successful collections for the Hammersmith and Fulham Food Bank will recommence before this Saturday’s home game against Leicester.

If you are coming to the game on Saturday, the collection point for donations will once again be at the CFCUK stall which is opposite the Fulham Broadway Centre and next to the old Fulham Town Hall, please bring any donations there by 2.00pm.

Our thanks go to Chelsea FC who are kindly providing us with a storage facility for the donated items.

We hope you can give generously from the list of items below or if you can spare any amount of money that is also welcome.
Items that they urgently need are :
• Juice (long life)
• Long life sponge puddings
• Long life milk
• Tinned vegetables
• Tinned meat
• Rice pudding
• Coffee
• Toilet roll (and other toiletries

Please note they already have plenty of beans, tea and pasta

Thank you for your generous support.
For further information about Hammersmith and Fulham Food bank, visit their website or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Newsletter – Autumn 2018

Welcome to the ‘Autumn 2018’ newsletter. We hope you are enjoying the season so far. It certainly looks like Maurizio has hit the ground running, and long may it continue. This edition highlights some of the good work that has been carried out by the Trust, particularly the important meetings with the club and the Premier League. Of course, we also reflect on the great response to our annual survey.

You can download the newsletter and read it here:

CST Newsletter Autumn 2018