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The Extortionate Cost of Friday Night Football

UPDATE - 6pm, Monday 14th December

Earlier today, we published the below statement in response to the Friday night scheduling of the Exeter FA Cup match. However before we even had a chance to hit send on an email, the club have announced their plans. There has been no consultation, with any supporters. They simply informed the Supporters Committee of their plans, with no requests for feedback. They didn't even contact their own Away Supporters Representative to discuss this matter.


And their offer? To run 'additional' coaches (no specific number has been provided), at cost price of £23. How generous, that they won't seek to profit from a situation supporters have little control over. The club, and the BBC, can and should do more. LFC stand to profit with a TV appearance fee and their share of the gate receipts. 

We know that other clubs, in similar circumstances have laid on free coaches and even chartered trains and planes to provide affordable travel for their supporters. We will be contacting the club as promised, to tell them that travel should be heavily subsidised and calling for greater support for our own supporters.

 

Magic of the FA Cup? No chance!

Liverpool drawn away to Exeter City in the third round of the FA Cup. It’s a dream tie, invoking the magic of the competition but, following the BBC announcement that it’s to be played at 7.55pm on Friday 8 January, for Liverpool supporters it’s an absolute nightmare.

 

And the worst part of the decision to move the fixture? It’s no surprise.

 

Spirit of Shankly understand why TV bosses would want to show this game, but choosing this time – the last train to Liverpool from Exeter leaves 90 minutes before the kick-off – shows the utter contempt they have for fans. They’ll want, and expect, us to turn up and create an atmosphere to fuel their spectacle, but care about the impact on the travelling support? Not a chance.

 

The BBC and the clubs should have contacted supporters. They didn’t, we don’t even register with them, but SOS will be contacting them.

 

We will be asking for some sort of compensation – heavily subsidised travel and tickets for fans who will have to take a day off work and stay overnight or travel back to the north through the early hours. It is time that those who control football in this country sat up and took notice of the impact of their decisions. We’ll do our best to make that happen.



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