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We want the @FA & @PremierLeague to Cap away ticket prices at £30 #awaypricecap
  • Petitioned The Premier League

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30 Gloucester Place
The Premier League
Wembley Stadium
The English FA and The Premier League

We want the @FA & @PremierLeague to Cap away ticket prices at £30 #awaypricecap

    1. Rick Hincks
    2. Petition by

      Rick Hincks

      Manchester, United Kingdom

This petition is a unified stance from fans of every Premier League club, against the ever-increasing ticket costs for away games.

It's aim is to make the FA and the Premier League introduce rules to make clubs change their short-sighted approach to supporters and help bring the game back to the working man.

We believe that capping away ticket prices at £30 is reasonable, in fact with prize money being doubled for all clubs next season in a TV deal that will see more than £3 billion enter the Premier League, clubs could afford to reduce ticket prices by £32. Yet ticket prices are again set to go up or be frozen next season.

Sky Sports, the League, The FA, sponsors, agents and players are all making more and more every year by exploiting the dedication of fans, however that dedication is now being stretched towards breaking point. No more so than in the case of the ever devoted away fan.

Another aim is to bring the end to away tickets being involved in the tiering systems that many clubs use. This brings an incredible increase in costs for fans of more popular clubs. For instance the difference in costs for travelling Manchester United fans and Reading fans is £216.50 (£840/£623.50). This is completely unfair.

We all know as fans that it’s hard to believe that the FA has our best interests at heart when the decision makers are the same people who’s day job is to make a profit for their own club. But as football fans we need to recognise that as a collective we have a voice more powerful than any chairman or chief executive. Fans in other European leagues would not stand for these prices and they certainly wouldn’t sit by and accept the explanations from the clubs. Fans across Germany & Sweden have shown us that they are capable of instigating change and we should be no different.

Although we are strongly against current away ticket pricing, we are also very aware that this is just the tip of the iceberg in the stand against modern football. We are fully behind any plans that bring about a change in club and league behaviour towards fans, grassroots football and the rest of the Football League. We intend to be supportive of other campaigns and are also fully involved in The FSF's Twenty's Plenty campaign. And wherever possible we will join forces and work together for football fans around the UK.

The best way we can boost the number of signatures is by sharing the petition on fan forums. Where this has happened so far there’s been a real spike in signatures. We’ve got a special short web address you can use http://change.org/awaypricecap. Please post the petition link into forums, message boards and Facebook fan pages. This is a campaign for all supporters of all clubs and the broader the range of supporters behind it, the more powerful the campaign will become.

Split across the 20 clubs, 100,000 signatures works out at just 5,000 per club, that is easily achievable, and our next step should pave the way to achieving that goal, but we will need a little bit more of your help to make it happen.

We’ve also produced these flyers that you can put up in your local pubs, workplace or five aside pitches or sports clubs.

To help spread the word we have created a flyer you can download & print. http://rincks.co.uk/awaypricecap/awaypricecap_flyerA5.pdf

 

twitter.com/awayfanprices

facebook.com/AwayFansTicketPrices

 

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Get your Twenty's Plenty Flyers and spread the word of the campaign

      Rick Hincks
      Petition Organiser

      Twenty's Plenty off to a flyer | Football Supporters' Federation

      The Football Supporters' Federation's Twenty's Plenty petition launched last month and, while we want every last fan out there to sign it, we know some of you would like to go the extra mile too. With that in mind we've had loads of flyers printed which explain why we launched Twenty's Plenty.

    2. FA Cup Final Ticket Prices

      Rick Hincks
      Petition Organiser

      The FA have kindly released the information about ticket prices for the FA Cup Final. Starting at £45 and topping at a toe-curling £115.

      You can leave them your comments here, I'm sure they'll appreciate them: http://wembleystadium.com/Events/2013/The-FA-Cup-Final-2013/The-FA-Cup-Final-2013

      The FA Cup Final 2013

      Wigan Athletic booked themselves a first-ever FA Cup Final appearance following a deserved 2-0 win over Millwall. In the final they will play Manchester City who knocked out holders Chelsea in a thrilling tie. In a repeat of the semi-final against Millwall, Wigan will use the away dressing room and have been allocated the East end of the stadium.

    3. #awaypricecap gets backing from the Daily Star

      Rick Hincks
      Petition Organiser

      The Star on Sunday gave their backing to #awaypricecap this weekend. #stopfleecingthefans

      http://img.ly/u28L

      http://www.dailystar.co.uk/posts/view/307694/Football-fans-launch-ticket-campaign/

      img.ly photo sharing service for twitter

      img.ly is a photo sharing service for twitter. Less characters, more user experience, that's it!.

    4. The campaign keeps going

      Rick Hincks
      Petition Organiser

      The campaign may seem to have gone a little quiet, but work is still going on behind the scenes, and there are more and more supporters trusts and groups getting involved. Including Norwich and more recently Tottenham Hotspur.

      Fans urge Premier League to cut prices

      Supporters Direct, a group promoting the value of supporter action at clubs across Europe, have written to Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore to request that their ideas are included on the agenda for the governing body's shareholders' meeting on April 11.

    5. Reached 5,000 signatures
    6. Huddersfield, leading the charge

      Rick Hincks
      Petition Organiser

      As well as continued reasonable prices from Wigan this weekend and Stokes £20 tickets for City fans for this weekends FA Cup match with City; Huddersfield are apparently charging Crystal Palace fans £10 for adults and £5 for under 16's. Excellent stuff.

      As much as we are aware that most clubs are charging too much, we are aware that some clubs do have reasonable pricing in place for away fans and they need to be saluted. Well done!

    7. Football will eat itself

      Rick Hincks
      Petition Organiser

      Research from the Guardian shows that high ticket prices are pricing out a generation, as The FSF warn "future generations are being lost"

      High ticket prices risk excluding a generation from English football

      Supporters' groups have warned the Premier League there is a danger of "future generations being lost" to the game after a Guardian survey revealed its cheapest tickets were the most expensive of the four major leagues in Europe and more than double those in Germany or Italy.

    8. League attendances in England have stopped rising

      Rick Hincks
      Petition Organiser

      An interesting piece showing how clubs are choosing revenue ahead of spectator numbers, resulting in stagnating attendance figures.

      "If clubs, particularly those in the Premier League, were to maximise spectator numbers then capacities would be increased and prices reduced – much like the Bundesliga. Instead clubs are seeking to maximise revenue by pricing in-demand tickets as high as the market will bear: watching football has become a premium product, for a limited audience as opposed to the mass market product for a mass audience it was in the late 1940s."

      When Saturday Comes - League attendances in England have stopped rising

      League attendances in England have stopped rising Revenue more important than crowd size 16 January ~ The continued rise of English league football is something we take for granted. With the Premier League concluding another record broadcasting deal we would be forgiven for thinking that this growth shows no signs of ending.

    9. Interview with Football365

      Rick Hincks
      Petition Organiser

      Football365 recently caught up with us to discuss our aims and the reasons behind them:

      Taking Action Against The Price Of Football

      One way to protest against ticket prices is to boycott games, but another is to demand a limit on prices. What if all away tickets were capped at £30? It could happen...

    10. What we can learn from Sweden

      Rick Hincks
      Petition Organiser

      One thing our campaign has highlighted is how far fans take their loyalty to their chosen club. Some fans flat out refuse to sign the petition simply because it originated from a boycott by Manchester City fans, which is just a ludicrous approach.

      But we can't sit there and judge, we're well aware that this is a hurdle we will have to clear. The excellent 'Stand Against Modern Football' fanzine have today promoted an article from their first edition that shows exactly how rival fans can put their hatred for each other aside when really necessary.

      This interview with the Positiv Läktarkultur fan-movement shows how their work resulted in genuine change in attitudes on the terraces in Sweden. A great example of what we can achieve together:

      http://www.standamf.com/2013/01/15/positiv-laktarkultur-positive-terrace-culture/

      Positiv Läktarkultur - Positive Terrace Culture | Stand Against Modern Football

      In Issue One of STAND: Against Modern Football we spoke to Erik Johansson about the Positiv Läktarkultur fan-movement that has resulted in genuine change in attitudes on the terraces in Sweden. We could certainly learn a thing or two from the Swedes, particularly with regards to putting aside rivalries and thinking about the 'bigger picture'...

    11. The campaign is recognised at the top

      Rick Hincks
      Petition Organiser

      The biggest news story from today shows support coming from the top of the FA. How deep Bernstein’s level of sympathy goes is anybody’s guess, but this shows signs that the campaign is getting recognised at the top. Here is his recent interview where he highlights his concern for away supporters: http://bit.ly/VhGM6Q

    12. Reached 3,000 signatures
    13. THE NEXT STEP IN THE CAMPAIGN

      Rick Hincks
      Petition Organiser

      THE NEXT STEPS

      As we head towards 3,000 signatures we wanted to just thank you for your fantastic support: not just signing the petition but also spreading the word about an issue that affects all football fans.

      We have had some great coverage so far, but signatures are what matter now.

      Please view our plans to develop the campaign further and found out how you can help make a difference.

      THE NEXT STEPS As... | Facebook

      Away fans ticket prices wrote: THE NEXT STEPS As we head towards... Join Facebook to connect with Away fans ticket prices and others you may know.

    14. MUFC fans pay over £200 more than Reading fans over 19 games

      Rick Hincks
      Petition Organiser

      Four Four Two magazine have done some research that shows that Manchester United fans will pay over £200 more on season tickets than newly promoted Reading.

      Their research shows that fans of Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Arsenal will be forced to pay far more than supporters of the Premier League's other sides.

      This is a great example of what this petition is fighting against.

      Cost of following Premier League teams away - FourFourTwo

      Fans of the biggest Premier League clubs are being asked to pay £200 more than followers of some of the top flight's other teams to attend their club's away fixtures - with Manchester United supporters facing the biggest total over the course of the season.

    15. Reached 2,500 signatures
    16. Contacts

      Rick Hincks
      Petition Organiser

      I will be looking further in to getting the best contact details possible to make sure this gets to the people who can make a difference.

      If anyone can help with this please let me know. The more people we can contact the better.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • P C NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 6 months ago

      42 pound for west ham away. Plus travel to London. Absaloute joke. They play dire football and are more than likely going to be a chsmpionship team next year yet they can charge that much. Its just wrong

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    • Hanik Blackman SHREWSBURY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 7 months ago

      They already make enough off football so why increase the price.

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    • Ross Gardiner PERTH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 7 months ago

      Ridiculous Pricing!

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    • Ole Jensen KøBENHAVN, DENMARK
      • 8 months ago

      Really every fan that wants to enjoy Premier League Shoudn't be punished with such high prices.

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    • Sam Short WINCANTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      I feel we are being outpriced out of the game

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