Supporting the away game
We survey supporters who go the extra mile to follow their team away06 January 2018 | FT Editor
A recent news report about the cost of 'festive football travel' in the UK caught our eye, especially as we had also seen some social media locally on the same topic.
The reports from the UK showed that away fans spent an average of more than £170 (~ $300) over the festive period to watch their team, according to annual research carried out by the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF).
The analysis includes costs incurred by supporters of all 92 clubs across the Premier League and English Football League for festive fixtures played between Boxing Day and 4 January 2018.
Travelling away fans clocked up more than 50,000 kilometres seeing their team in action over the last couple weeks. The most travelled fans are those who support Plymouth Argyle - the most southerly team in the Football League. The FAF says that supporters of the Devon club on average spent 26 hours on the road, and spent $808 in the process. By way of contrast, Morecambe FC fans paid an average outlay of $74 to follow their team over the festive period.
"Away fans are a huge part of our match-going tradition and that shouldn't be taken for granted, so clubs and sponsors can and should do more in making football as affordable as possible," argues Kevin Miles, Chief Executive, FSF.
In conjunction with Football Supporters Australia, we thought it would be helpful to look at how much time and cost is incurred by A-League fans in attending an away game also. We've put together a survey which asks how many away games you've attended this season and overall, details about the two most recent ones and the approximate cost you've incurred.
To say thank you to those who complete the survey, we're also giving you the opportunity to enter the draw to win a copy of a fantastic book by Paolo Condo called The Duellists - Pep, Jose and the Birth of Football's Greatest Rivalry. The book is made available thanks to our own Fair Play Publishing.
To take part in the survey, either follow the link here OR complete it via the form below.
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