Ahead of tonight's meeting (central London, 7pm) it won't have shocked many people to see banners condemning high ticket prices at last night's Arsenal-Liverpool fixture. One asked “£62 A TICKET – A WORKING CLASS SPORT??” while another proclaimed "FOOTBALL WITHOUT FANS IS NOTHING". However, while not a massive surprise, it was a really encouraging sight.
The Football Supporters' Federation's Score Campaign: Twenty's Plenty for Away Tickets will try to bring fans together on this subject so we can speak with one voice, but that doesn't mean there isn't a place for local actions at different clubs. In fact, we think club-specific action is an absolute necessity if the Campaign is going to have an impact.
We've said it before but we'll say it again – this feels like a real turning point where supporters of rival clubs are willing to put differences aside for the greater good. It's also worth saying that this isn't just about Premier League prices. Supporters throughout the Football League and beyond often have to pay high prices too.
Tonight's meeting aims to bring fans together and explain a little more about the Score Campaign. But we also hope it can act as a forum for fans to plan on-the-ground actions at their club and offer fresh campaigning ideas.
See you there?
- VENUE: London, Thursday 31st January (7pm-9pm): The Blue Anchor, (35 Chancery Lane, City of London), WC2A 1EL - click here to see a map.
- REGISTRATION: If you’re a fan and based in the capital, we’d love to see you there – simply email your name and club to email@example.com and come along to share your ideas.
Tonight's meeting follows on from a similar event in Manchester last week. We also hope there is an appetite to stage these events across England and Wales. If you're intersted in the Campaign but can't make tonight's event email 'Volunteer' to firstname.lastname@example.org.