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Free Lions

Free Lions is the England fanzine produced by the Football Supporters’ Association as part of our Fans’ Embassy service supporting England fans abroad.

Free Lions is published for every England away game and a team of volunteers (aka the Fans’ Embassy) is usually on hand offering advice and information for travelling
supporters at tournaments, qualifiers and friendlies. Russia was the 11th tournament abroad for Fans’ Embassy lead Kevin Miles.

It’s not just about making sure that fans stay safe and know the best places to grab a bit to eat or drink on matchday.

Supporter representatives travel to the relevant venue in advance of each fixture along with FA security staff and the UK police delegation – fact-finding and garnering information to pass on to fans and lobbying host authorities for the optimum treatment of visiting supporters.

Much of the preparatory work is therefore a well-trodden path: liaison with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), various UK policing agencies and the FA, the production of the Free Lions Guide Book, and the recruitment of the Fans’ Embassy volunteer team with the range of skills required to deliver a comprehensive service.

That multi-agency approach continues to pay dividends in terms of ensuring a much warmer and accommodating welcome when England fans arrive in town. Nonetheless, the FSA remains prepared to challenge our “partners” in this work whenever it is felt that the interests of fans demand it.

Never miss an issue – subscribe to Free Lions!

As those of you who follow England abroad will know, the FSA’s Fans’ Embassy team works its socks off to ensure travelling Three Lions fans receive the best travel information, whichever corner of the globe they happen to be in.

You can download the latest digital editions of Free Lions here, every issue features:

  • City guide (map, ground rules, getting to the ground, ticket collection, eating and drinking)
  • Fans’ Embassy helpline
  • Pre-match preview by the Clive Hetherington
  • Scouse Phil’s Free Lions football and music quiz
  • Daft pics, and more…

An annual subscription to Free Lions costs just £6 which ensures you’ll receive a hard copy shortly after every England away game. Alternatively, you can order individual issues by donating £1 to cover our postage and packaging.

To order your back issue simply donate via our paypal below, then send us an email including address and the issue you’d like and we’ll send it on its way.

FSA News

#ICYMI – Rash

Did you see Marcus Rashford’s miss against Brighton at the weekend? It’s an excellent contribution to the growing #ICYMI archive of footballing incompetence. Not that it mattered much in the end as United (Manchester) comfortably beat Brighton 3-1.

Macclesfield Town charged with misconduct after late payment of player wages

Macclesfield Town have been charged by the EFL for misconduct following the club’s failure to pay its players.

Vote now: FSA Awards 2019 shortlists announced

The Football Supporters’ Association is pleased to announce the shortlists for the 2019 FSA Awards in association with BeGambleAware – voting is open now, and fans can back their favourites here. One hundred and nine shortlisted candidates will battle it out across 18 categories, recognising everything from the best players of 2019 to the best away days and fanzines.

Free Lions 170 – Guide to Kosovo

England are back on the road this weekend as the Three Lions head to Kosovo to finish off their European Championship qualifying campaign.

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  • Premier Leage Fans Fund

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