Barnsley, Cardiff City, Derby County and Liverpool are the latest clubs to announce reciprocal pricing agreements. The deals guarantee away fans cheaper tickets and mirror the key principles behind Twenty's Plenty for Away Tickets.
The Barnsley-Derby County agreement is particularly significant as it’s understood to be the first reciprocal deal struck between Football League clubs. (Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you know of others.)
The Rams travel to Oakwell on Sunday 29th December while the return fixture at the iPro Stadium falls on Easter Monday, 21st April 2014. Prices have been set at £15 for adults with concessions ranging from £5-£10.
Derby County Chief Executive Sam Rush said: “We have a magnificent away support and our travelling army have been turning out in huge numbers to really spur the team on.
“I know Ben Mansford (Barnsley’s Chief Executive) very well and I would like to thank him and Barnsley for being so open to what is a great initiative to benefit both sets of supporters in following their team away from home.”
Cardiff City and Liverpool became the latest top-flight clubs to agree reciprocal deals when both clubs announced they would knock £10 off tickets for adult/senior away fans.
The Reds take on the Bluebirds at Anfield on Saturday 21st December. The return meeting takes place at Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday 22nd March 2014.
Both clubs have been speaking over the past few days and consulted with their own supporters via Cardiff City Supporters Club and the Liverpool FC Supporters’ Committee, who are both affiliated to the FSF.
The clubs said that they “agreed this would be a good thing to do, particularly around the festive period when games are coming thick and fast”. The reduction is in addition to Liverpool’s previous announcement to reduce away tickets for their own fans by £2-£4.
What’s Twenty’s Plenty?
Twenty's Plenty was launched in January 2013 and calls upon “football clubs at all levels of the game to recognise and reward the amazing contribution of away fans by getting together to agree an across the board price cap on away match tickets of £20 (£15 for concessions).”
In recent seasons rising transport and ticket costs, combined with stagnating wages, have made away football unaffordable for many - Twenty’s Plenty aims to do something about that. It is part of the FSF's umbrella Away Fans Matter campaign.
- You can give your support via the Twenty’s Plenty petition (which will trigger an automatic email to your club and the relevant league).
Other Twenty's Plenty fan actions are also outlined here.