Last week, MOMS attended the first Away Fan Consultation group meeting of the season at Villa Park and welcomed the club’s decision to again put £50k towards subsidising away tickets this upcoming season.
Like last season, the aim is to reward travelling supporters for the efforts they go to following the Villa on their travels.
The amount for the 2017/18 season will further be boosted by almost £5k left over from last season, where the subsidy was used over four games – Norwich City, Newcastle, Burton and Fulham .
Currently, no decisions have been made on which fixtures this season it will be used on, but the Bristol City away game has been highlighted as a possibility.
The fixture with the Robins has both been moved to a Friday night (August 25th) and is a slightly pricer ticket compared to other grounds.
If any Villa away fans have any other suggestions for possible games to receive a subside on ticket prices, drop them in the comments below.
Villa is also in talks with clubs including Reading and Ipswich Town regarding possible reciprocal pricing agreements to lower prices for away fans in the corresponding games. More news of that, hopefully to come.
From MOMS work with both the Football Supporter Federation (FSF) and Football Supporters Europe (FSE) bodies, it’s been highlighted that in the forthcoming year, both organisations will focus on lowering away ticket prices and also getting clubs to improve conditions for travelling fans at grounds.
So, Villa’s continuation of the 50k away fund is certainly an example of good practice for them to see in action.