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).

Tuesday 17th February

The FSF are running a petition to gain support for money from the new Premier League TV deal to be put towards reducing ticket prices for fans. Follow the link to add your signature – http://fsf.org.uk/petitions/share-tv-wealth/

And a bit of NCFC nostalgia – this poster is from 1980 advertising season tickets for standing areas at £28 for adults and £14 for concessions. Beautiful times.

standing ticket

Monday 16th February

Further positive news from the Welsh Assmebly as they again vocally backed the campaign for safe standing trials in Wales, whilst also releasing their survey results which show 96% of fans in favour of standing areas. http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/feb/14/safe-standing-welsh-assembly

The above was also backed up by an article in todays Guardian by Andrew RT Davies, leader of the Welsh Conservatives. http://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2015/feb/16/safe-standing-areas-football-stadiums-fans

BBC price of football survey released

Thursday 16 October

The BBC have released their annual price of football survey, highlighting the rising economic costs which fans are facing, with the average ticket price rising at twice the cost of living since 2011. This is a problem which Norwich fans are acutely aware of, the cost of living has risen by 6% in this period whereas a Barclay End season ticket has risen by over 20% in the same period.

With an adult season ticket in the Barclay End costing £499.50 this season before the first renewal date, our club has the highest starting prices for season tickets in the Football League, putting us in the top 10 most expensive football clubs to watch in the world. In fact, the cost of renewing the cheapest adult season ticket at Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid combined, is cheaper than the renewal price of a single adult season ticket at Norwich.

The BBC report can be found here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/29614980

The report has caused a lot of reaction from both supporters groups and MP’s, with the Sports Minister, Helen Grant, admitting she’s ‘really concerned’ about the cost of attending matches – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/29629460. In response to this, the Projekt would encourage the government to remove the legislation which currently stops clubs in the top divisions from installing safe standing areas, an initiative back by the vast majority of supporters and which many believe would result in a reduction in ticket prices.

The FSF also reacted to the news by urging clubs to reduce ticket prices. Their report can be found here – http://fsf.org.uk/latest-news/view/ticket-prices-outstrip-the-cost-of-living

AFFORDABLE FOOTBALL FOR ALL!!