Get involved! Twenty’s Plenty “Weekend of Action”
Posted on 21st August 2015
Football fans will make their anger at ticket prices known in a “weekend of action” protests taking place on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October – and we want you to get involved.
Supporters’ groups from every club in the top-flight are set to be involved, with many more from the Football League. The protests will once again shine the media spotlight on the issue of high ticket prices.
Since the early 90s media money has poured into football and the financial benefits have been felt by players, owners, executives and agents – yet fans are continually expected to pay more.
The increase in the latest domestic TV deal alone equates to more than £40 for every single fan, at every single top-flight game. Clubs have more than enough money to reduce prices throughout the leagues and it’s about time fans felt the benefit via reduced ticket prices.
Want to get involved? Here’s how:
- Email [email protected] with your name and club. At some clubs we already have volunteers and we’ll put you in touch with them, at other clubs you might be the person to lead the charge.
- Make contact with the fans of your opponent club (we can help you with that if needed).
- Arrange to meet outside the ground before kick-off, or at a convenient pub/landmark to get some images for the FSF website, Twitter, Facebook and other social media. A picture paints a thousand words and joining forces with rival fan groups to say “Twenty’s Plenty” is a strong message.
- Contact your local newspaper to send a photographer and reporter as they will be interested in rival fan groups teaming up on this subject. Let us know if you need help with contacts, we might be able to help. We’d also be interested to see any coverage you receive post-protest – send links to [email protected] or @The_FSF.
- Don’t forget to take your own images and share via social media using #TwentysPlenty
The ultimate aim is to have a banner displayed inside every ground by both sets of fans. In the build-up we hope to attract the attention of cameras, commentators and pundits to once again highlight high ticket prices to the media.
We would encourage fans to try and organise displays in their stadiums. Each fan base has a different relation with their club to the next, so there’s no “one-size-fits-all” model, but we’d recommend these steps as a general guide:
- Contact your club’s Supporters Liaison Officer (SLO) to let them know you would like to display a banner in the ground. If you’re an away fan let your SLO and the host SLO know – contacts for all here. We will contact all SLOs to let them know about the weekend of action, so they should have some idea of what’s going on, but if not, share this link with them.
- If your request is refused let us know and we’ll do our best to help. Even if we aren’t able to persuade the clubs to allow banners in, we can publicise which ones are censoring fans’ views on ticket prices.
- We suggest that banners are displayed before kick-off, half time and, if possible, at full time.
- We would encourage all fans to include the slogan “Twenty’s Plenty” or “Twenty’s Plenty for Away Tickets” on banners plus any additional club-specific slogans/info you’d like to feature.