Associate of the month: Redsaway
Posted on 2nd August 2013
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This month, Manchester United fan site Redsaway…
Redsaway’s Dale Haslam has been a tenacious advocate for his fellow Manchester United fans when it comes to away ticket allocations. Dale believes in transparency and aims to hold football clubs, local authorities and the police to account when they try to cut ticket allocations.
In past years this has even extended to travelling across the country to sit in on a local council’s regulatory committee – now that’s commitment to the cause. Dale’s work has real benefits.
After a meeting with officials from Liverpool City Council, 800 more away fans got to watch their team at Anfield than would otherwise have been the case thanks to work from Redsaway, the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust and the FSF.
Dale now has a great deal of experience in this area and is happy to work with fans’ groups from other clubs to spread that knowledge. That includes the lessons learned from the hoops that must be jumped through when following official processes and making Freedom of Information requests.
The FSF has kept in touch with Dale throughout last season and would be happy to work with supporters’ groups at other clubs who are keen replicate this work.
Dale is a member of Manchester United Supporters’ Trust’s Committee and firmly believes that fans’ groups around the country can hold their local institutions to account when they make decisions which affect supporters.
If you support a club which has been on the receiving end of reduced allocations courtesy of the local authority or police force, and would like to challenge that in the coming season, email the FSF here.