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.
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.