This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.
Norwich City and Swansea City have agreed a reciprocal ticket offer meaning away fans will receive £20 tickets when the sides meet in the Premier League.
The Swans visit Carrow Road on Sunday 15th December while the Canaries’ trip to the Liberty Stadium is scheduled for Saturday 29th March. Away tickets for December’s game went on sale today, more details are on Swansea City’s website.
The Swans also came to a £25 agreement with Aston Villa and other deals are in the pipeline. The Croydon Guardian reports that Crystal Palace have “agreed to give Newcastle supporters £5 off a ticket if they do the same for Palace supporters”.
Away Fans Matter has achieved some success but it’s certainly not the end of the road. Football League fans have yet to see reciprocal deals and there’s scope for many more in the top-flight.
However, tens of thousands of fans will now get cheaper tickets thanks to this season’s reciprocal deals and the FSF will continue to campaign for more away ticket reductions throughout the professional game.
£12m Away Fans’ Initiative
Twenty’s Plenty also made its mark when the Premier League announced the launch of the £12m Away Fans’ Initiative. Clubs must use the money to reduce ticket prices for away fans, subsidise transport or otherwise enhance the matchday experience.
The Away Fans’ Initiative equates to £200,000 per club, per season – you can find out what your club is spending the cash on here.
These initiatives are a response to campaigning work such as Away Fans Matter and the march on Premier League HQ, organised by Spirit of Shankly. They were joined by fans of dozens of other clubs and the FSF.
The A-League’s Melbourne derby provides us with a classic of the open-goal-miss genre this week. James Troisi somehow failed to pass the ball into an empty net on the break. Sadly, it mattered not as his team won seconds later.
This is some recovery from Argentinian goalkeeper Agustín Marchesín in the CONCACAF Champions League this week. Lobbed from distance, being caught off his line, but he doesn’t give up. Amazing recovery.
Al Gharafa’s Medhi Taremi provides us with another high quality entry into the And finally… library of hilarious misses this week. Latching onto a through ball, Taremi gets passed a lunging goalkeeper only to feebly miss in the end. At least he tried.