It would be fair to say it has been a busy month for the CST, both at a Chelsea level and on wider issues.
Premier League Ticket Pricing
The topic of ticket pricing for Premier League was successfully highlighted by the 10,000 Liverpool supporters who left Anfield after 77 minutes. This achieved widespread publicity and succeeded in placing Premier League ticket prices firmly on the news agenda and creating a healthy head of steam. The fact that Liverpool subsequently climbed down and froze prices shows what supporter activism can achieve.
Representatives from the CST have met with senior club executives to discuss ticket prices and we published a statement on the issue last week. We are in dialogue with other trusts as well as the Football Supporters Federation with regard to identifying tactics for a concerted campaign and will have representation at a meeting to be held shortly, which will have representatives from a number of PL trusts, to discuss goals, tactics and next steps. We will keep you posted regarding developments.
Coincidentally, the Trust has been contacted by a research student at Loughborough University who is working on a project to ascertain maximum price supporters would be willing to pay to watch Premier League games. You can make your views known by filling his questionnaire out here.
Chelsea Safety Advisory Group
Further to the item in the January newsletter, it is pleasing to be able to report that the CST will be invited to pre-meetings in advance of future Safety Advisory Groups (SAG’s), and also to post-meeting briefings. We will also get sight of the agenda in advance and have been advised that any safety or security issues we raise in advance will be covered at the meeting.
SAG meetings take place twice yearly and include attendees from Hammersmith & Fulham Council, Chelsea FC, Metropolitan Police, British Transport Police, Fire Brigade etc. It has always seemed anomalous that there was no supporter input and, though in time we would hope to have representation at the meeting itself, this is undoubtedly progress. The next meeting is scheduled for July and, in good time for that meeting, we will be asking supporters for issues they would like us to raise.
The CST board is very pleased to announce that in conjunction with The Friends of Brompton Cemetery and The Royal Parks we will hold our first volunteers day to assist with the cemetery “tidy up” and grave tending, on Saturday March 26th at 11.00am.
There are a number of graves closely associated with Chelsea FC and several of these are inaccessible due to overgrowth. Chelsea Football Club has kindly agreed to provide us with any tools and safety gloves we might need.
There are already a number of people who have expressed an interest in helping us on the day and we hope this will be the first of many such events. Further details will be released to members nearer the time but if you are interested in coming along please email firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject header ‘Brompton Cemetery’.
Chelsea Pitch Owners AGM
The CPO AGM, held at Stamford Bridge on 29th January, was attended by a fair number of CST members, with total attendance around 150. It was a fascinating meeting. It was clear that the vast majority of those present were implacably opposed to any attempt by the club, or the owner, to buy back the freehold to Stamford Bridge. Of course it is unclear whether any such attempt will be made, but it is clear that if an attempt is made, there will be widespread opposition. One to watch in the months ahead, though any move to acquire the freehold is unlikely to happen until planning permission is granted.
The CPO Chairman’s statement, by Charles Rose, and the results of the AGM resolutions, can be found here. We strongly recommend CST members purchase a CPO share – details on how to do so can be found at the same link.
We hope all members who travelled to Paris had a safe and enjoyable trip. Representations were made to the club with regard to the inconvenient location of the ticket collection point in Paris and the wristband process. We will be pursuing the excessive ticket prices charged to Chelsea supporters with UEFA. We will also be raising with them other problems experienced by supporters including the queuing problems in the Metro station after the game, which also occurred in previous years. If you had any specific issues or problems out there, please let us know via email@example.com, using the subject heading ‘PSG’, and we will take them up as appropriate.
Next Special General Meeting
We are having severe problems identifying a suitable location for our next SGM. Members will be notified as soon as we have a date and location.
FA Cup Final Ticket Allocations
Following a campaign by the Football Supporters Federation and a lot of hard work by Tim Payton of Arsenal Supporters Trust, the FA have agreed that each team competing in the
FA Cup Final should get an extra 3,500 tickets, which is clearly good news. A CST representative, together with reps from Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool trusts, saw FA executives on a range of issues including final ticket allocations a couple of years ago and it is very pleasing that this issue has been successfully taken forward. You can read about this here.
It is worth remembering that in the 1967 FA Cup Final, Chelsea and Spurs only received 16,000 tickets each so the situation has certainly improved over the past fifty years, though clearly in an ideal world the two clubs would get the vast majority of tickets.
The next Chelsea Fans Forum is on 20th April. If you have any issues you would like raised by the Trust rep, Debbie Coady, please let us know at email address: firstname.lastname@example.org, using the subject heading ‘Fans Forum’.
Calling All Designers
The Club has announced a public competition to design the main gates for the new stadium. Details can be found here.
Advance train ticket alerts from thetrainline.com. Please be aware fixtures are subject to change due to television demands, before booking: http://www.thetrainline.com/ticketalert/football/premier-league
Get a third off rail fares with the Two Together Railcard. http://www.twotogetherrailcard.co.uk/
Travel to the Bridge by train? Weekend travel news from TfL: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/livetravelnews/realtime/track.aspx?offset=weekend
Follow TfL travel status & updates on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TfLTravelAlerts