At the end of last month, the FA reserved their controversial decision to award only one cap to England fans attending away games, here Free Lions tell us more ahead of England’s trip to Dublin…
We’re pleased to be able to bring news (well, it’s possible you’ve already heard) of a significant step forward in making sure that England’s away support get the respect and appreciation we think we deserve.
We’re referring of course to the decision by the FA to restore the awarding to England Supporters Travel Club (ESTC) members of two caps for each away game.
We share the FA’s ambition to have Wembley full for England’s home games, but last year’s decision to reward away games with a single cap while giving two for home games did not go down well with our loyal away support, and that was reflected quite vocally at recent matches.
We’ve kept you up to date through Free Lions with our attempts to persuade the FA to change their minds – via a meeting with FA chairman Greg Dyke, through the supporters’ representative on the FA Council (FSF chairman Malcolm Clarke), and through meetings and dialogue with FA staff.
We were delighted when the FA Board approved the change back to two caps for an away game. It’s not quite a return to the old system, but it’s a welcome end to undervaluing the backing of the away support, and a great step in the right direction.
And credit is due to the FA for being prepared to listen to our representations and the views of fans, and then act in response. Progress through dialogue – it’s the future.
Thanks to Georges Adrien Carcanis for the image used in this post. Reproduced here