Parliamentary Questions re Fan Groups and Government from Shadow Sports Minister

08 12 2014

Shadow Sports Minister, Clive Efford has submitted the following PQs re Government consultation with fan groups.

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Strange symphony; report on Southampton v Manchester United 8 December 2014

08 12 2014

Match report by United fan Paul James

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Another MUST victory for MUFC away fans - Spurs increase allocation to 2,631

04 12 2014

United will get 2,631 tickets for the trip to Spurs – a big increase from 1,878 last season.

MUST has been working with Haringey Council, which oversees the allocation-setting process to address safety issues and that has lead to the increase.

In the summer, the council promised to increase United’s allocation so long as there was proof United fans did not cause safety issues at away games so far this season.

MUST has provided proof of this to the council, which has allowed Spurs to open the upper tier section of the away end to reds for the first time in years.

MUST CEO Duncan Drasdo said: “This is news that I am sure fans will welcome and that we are really pleased with.

“We are grateful to the council, who have addressed this issue in a fair way.

“United have played their part too and the end result is that more United supporters will be able to make the trip and enjoy the game.”

He added: "Away fans are the lifeblood of the game and are crucial to creating the special atmosphere that has traditionally made English football so attractive. The Premier League recognise this too so we hope to see continued progress firstly to restoring all full allocations and further to increase them.

"It is in everyone's interests to encourage higher allocations of away fans and I am pleased the right outcome has been achieved in this case."

This is the second victory this week with the earlier announcement that MUST's intervention has resulted in Arsenal changing their policy on 16-18 year old away fans concessionary pricing which will result in a reduction in price of almost £40 for young away fans travelling to The Emirates next season.

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Joy’s sleepless spirit; report on Manchester United v Stoke City 2 December 2014

02 12 2014

Match report by United fan Paul James

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CHEAPER TICKETS FOR MUFC YOUTH AT ARSENAL NEXT SEASON

01 12 2014

United fans at ArsenalAnother small but important victory won by MUST for MUFC fans - following an inquiry to Arsenal by MUST.

Prior to the recent away game at The Emirates, Duncan Drasdo contacted Arsenal to ask why 16-18 year old Manchester United fans were being charged the full adult price £64 (before MUFC away ticket rebate) while Arsenal’s own fans in the 16-18 age bracket were charged a concessionary price of £27.25.

In response Arsenal have agreed to offer the same concession to all 16-18 year old away fans from next season onwards. Arsenal’s SLO said, in a reply to Duncan "We agree encouraging young fans to attend matches is important and we will extend concessions for supporters up to 18 years old to visiting fans from the start of next season. This will ensure we are being fair to all clubs."

So thanks to MUST's intervention that's a saving of almost £40 for a crucial section of our support. It's this 16-18 age group where we tend to lose fans as the costs suddenly shoot up before they have their own source of income to cover this increase. 

Fair play to Arsenal for taking swift and decisive action once it was brought to their attention and thanks to Tim Payton of Arsenal Supporters' Trust for putting us in touch with the Arsenal SLO Martin Brindle.


 


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Light as the breeze; report on Manchester United v Hull City 29 November 2014

29 11 2014

Match report by United fan Paul James

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Occasionally we are asked “What does MUST do for match going fans?”

28 11 2014

The answer is actually "a lot". In fact there is no other trust at any club which has done more over the years - but the truth is we've never been best at communicating those actions.

Below we list just a few of the many initiatives we've led on, in an effort to start to address that we are intending to give occasional updates to Season Ticket holders registered on our list here: http://action.joinmust.org/STH

We're always interested to hear your views - drop in for a chat at our stall on a home match day at 18 Sir Matt Busby Way or get in touch through our website. Your feedback is appreciated.


TRANSPARENCY OF ALLOCATION DECISIONS - WEST HAM & BEYOND
MUST has been campaigning successfully for some time now on MUFC away alloctions and we have won what could be a landmark legal challenge around the transparency around the process of setting away ticket allocations.

This case involved Newham Council's reluctance to explain to MUST why United's allocation at West Ham was reduced significantly to 1900 tickets last season. They refused to give sufficient explanation as to why the decision was made or who was responsible for the decision. It has now been ruled that all the documents that were hidden from us must now be revealed. This makes it much easier for us to challenge reductions and argue for a reinstatement of full allocations. This ruling should also make dealing with any other less than co-operative councils much easier.

INCREASED SPURS AWAY ALLOCATION
This is just one development of many in terms of MUST's work to help secure more away tickets for United fans. We are also confident that, after close cooperation with United and other stakeholders involved in the decision, United will be receiving a significantly increased allocation at Spurs this December. For the first time in many years, United fans could be able to use the upper tier of the away end again. While we await an official announcement on this, the indications we've received point towards a success on this issue.

EUROPA LEAGUE PRICE CONCESSION
MUST has also been working to address some home ticket issues. Although we didn't qualify for the Europa League, it was encouraging that our request that Europa League tickets would be reduced in price by a third was accepted by the Club. That suggests a desire to find compromise which we hope will serve us well in the future.

J-STAND SINGING SECTION
We were also pleased that the Club liaised with us this summer to discuss how to handle the issues arising out the decision to permanently locate the Singing Section in J-Stand. At the point we became involved the decision had already been made to establish the section in J-Stand but we made it clear that we did not support any proposal which involved compulsory relocation of existing Season Ticket holders.

However given the Club had already committed to this decision we worked with them to get the best deal possible for those affected. One outcome from this was the agreement to allow those J standers who did not want to accept the incentives to relocate, to stay at one side within the section. We know that there remains frustration by many fans as to how the singing section issue played out, and we have urged the Club to work with fan groups from the start on these issues in future. If we'd been fully consulted from the beginning we believe we could have helped to avoid these problems and it seems that the Club agrees.

BOOKING FEE ON AWAY TICKETS
We have currently submitted further ticket related requests to the Club. We are hopeful, for example, that the 3% booking fee on away tickets could be removed next season to match the current five pound discount on away tickets which we also recommended that the Club should offer supporters following the last television deal being agreed. While many Clubs have used the £200k away fan pot to redecorate concourses or provide cheaper coach travel, we strongly recommended that United offer a straight discount on all league away tickets to our own away fans, which has been implemented.

SAFE STANDING AND RAIL SEATS
Lastly, MUST remains committed to the principle of choice over safe standing and the introduction of sections of rail seats at Old Trafford according to demand from supporters. We have recently written to the Club for an update on Ed Woodward's public comments that he would look into the issue.

We continue to work on many other issues as well as inidividual problems which fans experience but in the end we're only as strong as our collective membership and we depend on volunteers, membership fees and donations to allow us to campaign for match going fans.

SUPPORT MUST'S WORK
If you'd like to support MUST but you don't live locally enough to our office to come in you can still help support us:

Join as a full member:
http://bit.ly/joinfullMUST

Existing full members can renew here:
http://bit.ly/renewMUST

Or simply make a donation:
http://joinmust.org/donate/

 

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In broad daylight; an anniversary; report on Arsenal v Manchester United 22 November 2014

22 11 2014

Match report by United fan Paul James

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Can you help MUST? Supporters Clubs around the world

20 11 2014

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How sleep the brave; report on Manchester United v Crystal Palace 8 November 2014

08 11 2014

Match report by United fan Paul James

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