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York City Supporters Trust criticise late TV fixture move

York City Supporters Trust have issued an open letter expressing concern over the decision to move their away fixture at Boreham Wood for TV broadcast, appealing to the league and broadcaster to ‘mitigate the impact on our fans’.

The game, originally scheduled for Saturday 6th January has been pushed back 24 hours to be shown on TNT Sports on Sunday 7th January.

In the letter, the trust acknowledge “the importance of television coverage for the growth of our league” but highlight “the significant burden this change imposes on our loyal supporters, especially during the holiday season, a time when financial constraints are acutely felt.”

Describing the three weeks notice as “abrupt”, the trust’s letter points out the impact the change will have on those fans who have already booked travel and accommodation.

The change, according to the National League, was only made with the agreement and support of both clubs.

York City Supporters Trust have asked for reimbursement for fans who have already incurred travel and accommodation expenses, and free travel for those affected by the late change.

FSA chair Malcolm Clarke is also a York City supporter and he called on TV companies and the leagues to consider the impact of their decisions on away supporters.

He said: “Away fans add greatly to both the atmosphere at games, which benefits the TV product, and the gate income, and their interests should be much higher on the agenda of leagues and TV companies.”

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