Sunday 29th March

Thursday saw football fans from clubs all over the country march in London in the ongoing campaign for affordable ticket prices. The demonstration follows the announcement from the Premier League of yet another record breaking TV deal, with fans demanding that some of that TV wealth is put towards the spiralling cost of attending games.

http://fsf.org.uk/latest-news/view/fans-win-share-of-1bn-premier-league-promise

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/32077356

Sunday 22nd March

During the week our joint protest against inflated ticket prices with Derby fans at the last home match received some national attention when covered by the FSF – http://fsf.org.uk/blog/view/carrow-road-derby-county-norwich-city-20splenty

Meanwhile, yesterday we turned our attention to the campaign for safe standing, showing our support before the game outside the Barclay End.

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Barclay End Projekt Statement on Ticket Prices

Thursday 5th March

Since its inception, the Barclay End Projekt has focussed on a broad variety of issues; both on a local and national level.

We have been a vocal exponent of the campaign for safe-standing. We have extolled the virtues of greater fan engagement and recognition of the collective supporter voice. We also continue to seek improvements to the atmosphere at matches; both for the first team and through our initiatives involving the home under 21 matches.

As well as these facets of our output, we have always made issues surrounding ticket pricing a priority and in light of recent developments – with specific relation to the Derby County match – we feel it important to clarify our stance.

We are a Norwich City supporters’ group and so, clearly, our primary focus will always be on things pertinent to us and the club’s fans, but we also feel that many of these issues are ones experienced by supporters of many other clubs at all levels of the game.

Ticket price increases – often above the national rate of inflation – have been a constant and consistent issue for over two decades, and one that continually proves itself to be divisive among both a club’s own fan base and among supporters and the governing bodies of the game at a national level.

We at the Barclay End Projekt have previously distributed leaflets promoting the Football Supporter Federation’s ‘Twenty’s Plenty’ campaign, along with engaging with representatives from the club over pricing structures for both home and away fans. This work, along with future planned action intended to inform and embolden supporters to achieve change, will continue in a focussed and concerted manner both in relation to Norwich matches and as part of coordinated national action surrounding the topic.

With regards to the planned protest and boycott by Derby County supporters relating to their forthcoming game at Carrow Road, we are in support of their aims and methods, but at the same time recognise the fact that many supporters are frustrated at national media stories which seek to scapegoat Norwich as the chief culprit with regards to charging exorbitant prices for fans.

Anyone aware of the cost of attending football matches will realise this is not the case, but that does not mean that we do not sympathise and offer solidarity with those supporters who do decide to protest and/or boycott the match. We are firm believers that fans supporting and coordinating action together against the price of attending football is the primary means to achieve any discernible change and feel that lending our voice to the collective call for a reduction in ticket prices can only ever be a positive move. We will not be boycotting the match in question, but we will be staging action on the day of the game and welcome involvement in this from supporters of all backgrounds.

We – as regular away travellers – recognise the imposition that the cost of following your team on the road can bring, but we are also staunch advocates for a review of ticket pricing and ticket pricing structures for home fans. We feel that a response to this issue that references principles of supply and demand – or manifests in a “don’t like it, don’t pay it” argument – misses the intrinsic socially inclusive aspect of attending live football and further moves the sport in to a preserve of the privileged and financially well-off.

We are most definitely not “against” Norwich City Football Club, but we do wish to challenge aspects of their decision making, processes and structure in order to benefit all Norwich supporters in both the short and long term. This will include concerted attempts to form a united fan culture, one that is better equipped to address issues such as ticket pricing, both at the club and across the entire professional game.

Over the course of this season and forward into the future, we welcome the support and assistance of Norwich supporters in seeking to achieve our aims. We strongly believe that a cohesive and unified fan base is more positive and likely to achieve change.

Together we are stronger. OTBC forever

Thursday 26th February

Further to the continued attention on ticket prices the FSF are organising a protest in London on 26th March 2015 to coincide with the next meeting of the Premier League’s shareholders – http://fsf.org.uk/latest-news/view/premier-league-london-tv-deal-march

This announcement also coincided with a statement from FSF chief executive Kevin Miles – http://fsf.org.uk/blog/view/fsf-chief-exec-clubs-must-drop-prices

And in safe standing news, Grimsby Town have announced that they want to be the first English club to introduce safe standing – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/31645052

Monday 23rd February

The Barclay End group will have our usual allocation of tickets for the next City U21’s match on Monday 9th March against Southampton. To reserve your ticket contact us using one of the usual methods below –

Twitter – @be_project

Facebook – Barclay End Projekt

E-mail – barclayendprojekt@gmail.com

Friday 20th February

For those of you who didn’t listen to The Scrimmage last night, they ran a feature on the Barclay End Projekt which you can listen to here about 45:20 in – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02hp0pv

Elsewhere, this is a letter which was written to The FSF by a Derby County fan in relation to the £40 their fans will be charged for the upcoming game at Carrow Road, a minimum price which will also be paid by any Norwich fans buying casual tickets. The letter includes the FSF response –

Dear FSF,

As a Derby fan who has just been notified of the ticket prices for our upcoming game at Carrow Road I feel I cannot let this pass without at least emailing you to make you aware.

We are to be charged £40 for an adult ticket which is easily the most expensive we have been charged on our travels this season and previous seasons. Norwich is not one of the easiest grounds to get to, either wrestling with awful roads or numerous changes on the train, this is never a pleasant journey, so to then be charged this amount simply defies logic.

When Norwich came to the iPro earlier in the season they were charged no more than £27, a somewhat average price for an enjoyable day in one of the leagues better stadiums. For them to now charge us £40 really does take the…….well I don’t have to spell it out do I ?

As a regular England traveller I have just received my email to tell me that the Italians are to charge us £14 to watch my national team in a friendly international. Can lessons be learnt from this ? I mean £40 for a Championship football match or £14 for an international between two of the worlds bigger and better teams. Having lived in Italy for 3 years I never thought Italian football would put us to shame but I’m sorry to say it does.

I’ve done a quick survey around my mates who support other Championship teams and they’ve been charged between £30 – £35 at Carrow Road this season, no one else has been charged £40. Is this a price we have to pay for our current position in the league? If so then my love for my club that I have followed religiously for 35 years is in for a massive bolt. With a young family to support I simply cannot afford to pay this week in, week out as I have done for many years.

Norwich City both as a football club and as a business need to take a long hard look at themselves. This is no way to run a business. They are pushing the man on the street from the terraces into the pubs and there will be only one winner there and it won’t be the football club. Where does the future support come from if they are charging these prices? Families cannot afford this alongside food, drink and travel costs.

Derby County as a club have seen a massive upturn in business this season, thanks mostly to the people at the helm, which in turn is breeding success on the pitch. Other clubs would do well to take a look at us, they would certainly learn something.

Kind regards,
MW

FSF RESPONSE: We 100% agree that £40 is a ridiculous amount for this game and we’ve already spoken out on Carrow Road prices in relation to visits by Leeds United, Brentford etc. You’re not alone in feeling like this. We have a petition www.fsf.org.uk/shareTVwealth which calls on football to use the PL’s TV wealth to bring down home/away prices throughout PL/FL and share money through grassroots. Sign it and it will automatically email your own club telling them how fans feel about prices, so it’s a handy lobbying tool. If you or any other Derby Country fans do arrange any form of protest before/during the game, we’d be 100% happy to advise, help promote and cover on our website as well. We’ll be meeting the Football League soon to talk ticket prices (again).