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Twenty’s Plenty: Weekend of Action (19th and 20th March)

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

It’s a big month for the Twenty’s Plenty campaign with Premier League clubs set to meet on Wednesday 23rd March for one of their regular shareholder meetings. Away ticket prices will be on the agenda and we need to make them act now to reduce costs ahead of 2016/17.

At the last Premier League shareholders meeting it was reported that 12 or 13 clubs were in favour of an away cap. If 14 or more clubs vote in favour of a cap it becomes Premier League policy. Let’s turn up the heat and make it happen.

Actions:

  • Weekend of action – Saturday 19th March and Sunday 20th March: Fan groups across the Premier League will hold a weekend of action on 19th and 20th March (echoing what took place in October 2015 – see below). To make this happen we need individual fans who are willing to engage in matchday actions. Get involved! We can put you in touch with fans at your club who are leading these actions. Do your bit to help make football more affordable. Email tickets@fsf.org.uk.

  • Member of a fan group or run a fanzine/blog? Get in touch: FSF-affiliated fan organisations from top-flight clubs are preparing to lobby PL CEOs ahead of the next shareholder meeting. Plans are in motion. We want to hear from fan groups, fanzines, and blogs who would like to get involved. If you have loads of time to give, there’s plenty to do, but even small actions can help. Email tickets@fsf.org.uk.

In the coming weeks further actions will be announced as we build up towards the Weekend of Action. We’re thinking more social media activity and targeting of Premier League and club-specific sponsors by the FSF and our affiliated supporters organisations. Watch this space.

Highlights below from October’s #TwentysPlenty Weekend of Action which flooded Twitter timelines securing coverage in The GuardianBBC, and Talksport among others. Sky Sports’ Martin Tyler took time out during Arsenal vs Manchester United to discuss the issue.

What is Twenty’s Plenty?

The Twenty’s Plenty campaign started back in January 2013. High away ticket prices were the catalyst, with many away fans following “Category A” teams expected to pay in excess of £50 or even £60 for tickets. The FSF wants clubs to cap all away tickets at £20.

Over the last three years, the campaign has grown and secured real improvements for away fans – creating an environment where Premier League clubs introduced the £12m Away Supporters Initiative.

Twenty’s Plenty saved 68,000 top-flight fans a total of £738,000 in its first two seasons. That number will grow in season three as more deals come to light – like those at Coventry City, Doncaster Rovers, Bradford City and Barnsley.

  • “Twenty’s Plenty for Away Tickets” is part of the FSF’s umbrella “Away Fans Matter” campaign which seeks to improve the matchday experience for away supporters.

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