Fans to march for ‘Affordable Football for All’ on 14th August
Posted on 15th July 2014
This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.
Join the Football Supporters’ Federation and fans of dozens of clubs as we march on the Premier League and Football League headquarters demanding ‘Affordable Football for All’ on Thursday 14th August.
The game is swimming in money like never before, with clubs pocketing record amounts from broadcasting deals while squeezing everything they can out of their fanbase with some of the highest ticket prices in a generation, and something has to give.
The Premier League’s current media deal is worth £5.5bn, an increase of £2.1bn on the previous three years, and yet there is little sign of anything being done to make life easier for the lifeblood of the game – the match-going supporter.
The increase in Premier League media rights alone could have led to all 20 clubs letting in each and every supporter for all 38 games for free last season without being any worse off than they had been the season before.
Our own Twenty’s Plenty for Away Tickets campaign scored several successes in helping keep the costs down for thousands of Football League and Premier League fans whose clubs arranged cut-price reciprocal deals, but more needs to be done across the board, and it’s time fans had their voices heard.
Strength comes in numbers, so join our demonstration and march along with your fellow fans on 14th August. We will be gathering at Marble Arch (nearest tube station, unsurprisingly, Marble Arch on the Central Line) from 1pm before heading off to the Premier League and Football League offices at 30 Gloucester Place (W1U 8PL) at around 2:00pm.
A delegation of fans will meet with the football authorities, while those on the demonstration head back to The Globe (NW1 5JY).
Date/time/venue: Thursday 14th August 2014 – 1pm at Marble Arch, heading to PL/FL HQ 2.00pm, before going to The Globe (NW1 5JY).
Register: It doesn’t matter if you’re turning up on your own, or you’re organising a minibus/coach/chartered aircraft for your supporter group. Please let us know if you plan on attending, as it makes our lives easier with logistics, and letting the police know expected numbers. No personal details will be shared with the authorities – email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donate: The FSF is a largely volunteer-run organisation, and anyone who is willing to donate either their time or money is greatly appreciated. We can only campaign with the help of fans themselves and any money donated is reinvested into FSF campaigns. You can donate any amount, large or small, to help our campaign work here.
Three-quarters (74.8%) of fans intend to return to stadiums from the first fixture in August, with two-thirds of supporters (65.2%) describing themselves as ‘excited’ and four in ten (41.7%) ‘optimistic’ about a return to grounds next season according to the results of an FSA survey.
We have teamed up with leading disability charity Level Playing Field (LPF) to help non-league clubs improve access and facilities for disabled fans. We’re delighted that the idea is being supported by both the National League, which has required all clubs to complete the disability access survey, and the Northern Premier League.