Basket
×

Your basket

Join The FSA

Twenty’s Plenty: Virgin Media continue St Mary’s subsidy

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

Away fans visiting St Mary’s Stadium this season will once again be benefiting from a £20 cap on away tickets at the south coast side thanks to Virgin Media.

Virgin Media have confirmed that they will once again be subsidising every visiting fan Southampton by up to £10 – so no supporter seeing their side at St Mary’s will pay more than £20. Offering a saving of more than £500,000 in total for travelling fans.

This goes above and beyond the Premier League wide £30 cap on away tickets with Watford fans being the latest to benefit from the subsidy, as they visit Southampton on Saturday.

John Fawell of Watford Supporters Trust said “It’s great that Watford fans have only had to pay a maximum of £20 for our away trip to Southampton this weekend.

“It’s good to see the hard wprk campaigning on £20s Plenty is continuing to have an impact and hats off to Virgin Media for supporting it.”

Supporter organisations at Watford, such as the Watford Supporters Trust and the 1881 Movement are big backers of the of the Twenty’s Plenty campaign. 

Ali Shah from the 1881 Movement said: “Thanks again to the FSF and Virgin Media for getting the ball rolling towards universal Twenty’s Plenty at Southampton; a very welcome and important first step.”

The FSF wants to see more clubs and sponsors take up the practice of subsidising away fans – even reaching out to Southampton to secure a £20 reciprocal deal. A practice that was common in the seasons before the introduction of the league-wide £30 cap.

Thanks to Solent Creatives for the image used in this article. Reproduced here under Creative Commons license.

Related Articles

Football arrests continue long-term downward trend

Football-related arrests have fallen once more continuing a long-term trend towards historically low levels according to Home Office statistics released this week.

Pay-per-view and fan response to continue – for now

The Premier League is set to retain its pay-per-view (PPV) system for the next two rounds of games despite its unpopularity with supporters.

Twenty years and counting for Swindon Town’s Trust

One of the country’s longest running supporters’ trusts is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, and so we asked TrustSTFC to fill us in on the ups and downs of the past twenty years…

FSA Statement: Response to media reports on “Project Big Picture”

Earlier today it was reported that clubs at the top of the Premier League had been planning in secret to pursue a wide-ranging restructure of the English footballing pyramid named “Project Big Picture”. Below is an initial statement of response from the Football Supporters’ Association.

Funding partners

  • The Football Association
  • Premier Leage Fans Fund

Partners

  • Gamble Aware
  • Co-operatives UK
  • FSE
  • Kick It Out
  • Level Playing Field
  • Living Wage Foundation
  • SD Europe