Away Travel & Fixture Scheduling
A real bone of contention with fans is away travel. With Premier League clubs in particular it’s very common for fixtures to get scheduled late or re-arranged at the last minute thanks to TV rights and cup draws.
For fans who have booked travel in advance this can pose a number of problems:
The cost of changing travel tickets or buying new
The complexity of re-arranging time off work or planning football around family life
The availability of travel and accommodation on the new dates – if the football clashes with other events in major cities this can become a big issue
We actively lobby with other groups to introduce a fair way for fans to travel at a reasonable price. Ideas include influencing TV companies to have more regard for travelling fans when re-scheduling fixtures late – in terms of both convenience and safety. Or to simply schedule matches for broadcast further in advance.
There is also an idea to tie pre-booked travel tickets to the football. The term ‘Fan Fare’ has been mentioned, meaning that tickets will automatically transfer over to the new date without supporters having to do anything.
To help with this as much as we can we support the FSA’s Away Fans Matter campaign which works with the transport secretary and train companies to drive change.