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Doncaster secure reciprocal deals for Yorkshire derbies

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

Fans of Doncaster Rovers have praised their club for entering into reciprocal deals for away fans in their upcoming Yorkshire derbies against Barnsley and Bradford City.

The reciprocal deal means that away fans attending those fixtures this season will pay no more than £20 – in line with the FSF’s Twenty’s Plenty campaign

FSF deputy chair and Doncaster Rovers supporter Martin O’Hara said the deal was an important first step in arresting the rise of League One ticket prices. “We asked the club for a reciprocal deal in line with the FSF’s Twenty’s Plenty campaign,” he said.

“We’re very pleased the clubs have chosen these fixtures. They are big derby games, thousands will come so this will have a substantial finanacial impact on the club. For this they should be thanked.”

The BBC’s Price of Football survey showed that between 2011 and 2014 match day ticket prices have risen by 31.7% in League One. The BBC’s data showed that at the time only five clubs in the division charged less than £20 for their cheapest match day ticket – these cheapest prices are often unavailable to away fans.

Speaking at the announcement of the reciprocal deal with Barnsley, marketing and communications manager at Doncaster Rovers said: “This is a great way to get more people backing both sides.

“The two clubs value their home and away support and want a better atmosphere at games, so we have agreed prices and we now look forward to these more affordable games attracting bigger crowds.”

Alan Bloore from the Barnsley Supporters Trust said: “We are pleased to see Doncaster Rovers FC and Barnsley FC are offering cut price tickets on a reciprocal basis for their games against each other this season.

“We would hope other clubs would follow the lead and think carefully when setting prices for games and certainly consider offering reciprocal arrangements.”

Earlier this year, Coventry City became the first League One club to commit to a £20 cap for away tickets. Fans visiting the Richoh Arena will not pay more than £20 for their ticket – and the FSF is keen for clubs to reciprocate that deal for travelling Coventry fans.

Thanks to Kevin Neagle for the image used in this article. Reproduced her under CC licence.

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