On Monday 9 April, fan representatives from the Clubs competing in the FA Cup semi-finals along with FA Council supporter representative, Katrina Law, met with FA CEO, Martin Glenn and senior FA executives to discuss the increase in pricing for this season’s FA Cup semi-finals and final.
Chelsea Supporters’ Trust, Manchester United Supporters’ Trust, Southampton fan groups and Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust had previously released a joint statement questioning the need for the increases on the back of record broadcast and sponsorship deals and calling for a rethink.
The opportunity to meet with FA decision makers for a constructive and frank discussion was welcomed, as was the acknowledgement that future dialogue should ideally take place before decisions directly affecting fans are made, where possible.
The fan reps have asked that the FA consider a number of measures to reduce the impact of ticket price increases on supporters at this season’s final. With sales already concluded and tickets already printed for the semi-finals, there was no opportunity to revisit the pricing policy for the games scheduled for the 21 and 22 April at this stage.
The FA has committed to explore the viability of those measures and to respond within the next ten days. We’ll make further comment after receiving that response.
Chelsea Supporters’ Trust
Manchester United Supporters’ Trust
Southampton Fan Groups
Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust
The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust is appreciative of the fact that Chelsea FC has for some time subsidised travel for those supporters based in the South East who attend away games. However we are also aware that many supporters still have significant journeys home when club transport arrives back in the south east, whether this be at the main train stations or for coaches at Stamford Bridge. This can lead to expensive journeys home for many supporters, particularly when returning from evening fixtures where access to public transport is limited.
CST would like to help to facilitate contact between supporters who would be interested in connecting with others in the same situation through social media. Therefore we suggest that supporters who wish to share cost of travel back, or offer / receive lifts, use the following Twitter hashtags to connect:
Those on the club train: #cfctrain then add their preferred destination
Those travelling on club coaches: #cfccoach then add coach number and preferred destination
For example someone on the club train looking to share transport towards Sutton after the Sunderland game could use Tweet #cfctrain Sutton. People travelling towards nearby locations can then connect via the Direct Message feature to arrange to meet up. Please note it is necessary for both people to follow each other on Twitter to be able to DM each other.
Hopefully use of these hashtags will help facilitate communication and will make supporters journeys home from the point club transport ends less costly and inconvenient.
This is a new idea, with thanks to CST board member Chris Rayburn. Tell us what you think, and how the initiative might be improved and developed.