The Holmesdale Fanatics power the atmosphere at Selhurst Park and at Saturday’s match against Sunderland held up a banner which read, “END THE EXPLOITATION OF FANS! TWENTY’S PLENTY”. See a slightly clearer image @PalaceTrust.
A Palace fan who was at June’s Premier League HQ ticket protest contacted the FSF to highlight the Holmesdale Fanatics support and said, “We are actively trying to push our club into…reciprocal deals with other clubs [for away fans].”
Twenty’s Plenty calls upon football clubs at all levels of the game to recognise and reward the amazing contribution of away fans by getting together to agree an across the board price cap on away match tickets of £20 (£15 for concessions).
How can I get involved?
There are many ways that you can back Twenty’s Plenty – the simplest being to sign the petition. This will add your name and trigger an email to your club and the relevant league outlining your support for Twenty’s Plenty.
But if you’d like to go a step further there are additional ways to support the campaign.
Like fans at Palace and Liverpool you could make your voice heard via matchday banners and visual displays (email firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice as it’s not always as simple as turning up unannounced at the ground with your banner).
Supporters should also share Twenty’s Plenty using the simple link www.fsf.org.uk/tickets. Email, Facebook, Twitter or whatever other social media the cool kids use nowadays – spread the word!
Away Fans Feedback Project 2013-14
Away fans are vital to the health of football. They bring noise and colour to grounds but away numbers are dropping thanks to ticket prices, rising costs of travel, TV messing about with fixtures, worst seats in the house, unfriendly stewarding, police interference with KO times and “bubble matches”.
Home fans face challenges but it’s travelling supporters who are often at the sharp end – solve their problems and the benefits flow towards home fans too. With this in mind the FSF runs an away fans survey to monitor and evaluate travelling supporters’ opinions.
The ultimate aim is to improve the away fans’ experience and encourage more fans to travel to watch their team. From this we hope to discuss with clubs and the authorities, in an academic fashion, what keeps travelling fans committed – likes, dislikes and so on.
The survey should take no more than a couple of minutes to complete. All answers are given anonymously, and no personal or identifying data will be passed on to third parties. Ever.
New research carried out on behalf of GambleAware by The Football Supporters’ Association suggests that fans who like to bet in-play will be 83% more likely to place an in-play bet while they are watching a match live at home, than if they were watching it in a stadium.