Vital Football

Latest Derby County News

Refunds For 1000s Of Championship Away Fans

Refunds For 1000s Of Championship Away Fans

One voice can really make a massive difference and so it proved back in March when Ernie, a Doncaster Rovers fan, got in touch with us to complain that he and his fellow fans had been overcharged for their match tickets at Sheffield Wednesday.

Ernie's sharp eye alerted FSF ticketing rep Alan Bloore to the problem and thousands of fans are now in line for refunds thanks to their work.

Wednesday had introduced a new pricing structure mid-season reducing the cost of tickets for home fans. However, due to this discount away fans were actually being charged more than home fans. In Ernie`s case this was £23 as opposed to the £17 that home fans in the Kop were paying. Which is pretty harsh as it costs enough to follow your team anyway, neither petrol or rail tickets come cheap, without knowing you're paying extra admission for the privilege.

Now reduced ticket prices are all very commendable, we're all for more affordable match tickets after all, but in the process the Yorkshire club were actually breaking the Football League's own rules as ticket pricing plans must be implemented before June 30th. Wednesday didn't bring in this discount until mid-December, therefore they had to offer these new prices to away fans too.

As well as alerting the FSF to the problem Ernie also emailed all the other clubs who had played, or were due to play, at Hillsborough explaining how they were entitled to the reduced admission. Fans across the country - from Newcastle to Peterborough - were saved money as a result. Top work.

So if you' ve visited Hillsborough as an away fan in the league this season it's worth checking with your club to see if you're entitled to a discount. See below for a list of clubs that have played at Hillsborough in the league since Boxing Day 2009:

  • Newcastle
  • Peterborough
  • Plymouth
  • Blackpool
  • Doncaster
  • Ipswich Town
  • Leicester City
  • Derby County
  • Watford
  • Bristol City
  • Sheffield Utd
  • Crystal Palace

    This isn't the first time the FSF has heard of complaints like this (we've previously won money back for Chelsea and West Ham fans when concessionary prices weren't passed on) and it probably won't be the last.

    So what can you do if you find you're being charged more than home fans?

  • Find out on what date the offers were introduced - if it was after the season started you may well be entitled to a refund although Football League clubs are allowed to run 'special promotions' four times per season that don't have to apply to away fans. We'll try and find out, via FSF affiliates, how many have been run already.
  • Write to the offending club pointing out how unfair you feel this is and how you've informed the FSF who will be keeping a beady eye to make sure they don`t do this more than four times as that would be against FL rule 31.2.11.
  • Write to your own club and inform them of your experience while explaining that you believe they should pass on any similar offers to away fans.
  • Oh and join the FSF!

    There's no guarantee that clubs will refund fans but the more pressure brought to bear by you and your fellow fans, the better chance you have of winning your money back and making sure fellow fans don`t get ripped off in the future.

    Join FSF

    Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
    Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
    www.papajohns.co.uk/football

  • Writer:Site Staff
    Date:Thursday May 20 2010
    Time: 10:11AM

    Login to post a comment

    Recent Derby County Articles

    Vital Derby On Twitter

    Vital Derby is available on Twitter so why not follow us there.

    Bent Ready For Brighton Test

    Darren Bent is looking forward to Derby County`s trip to the Amex Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday as he returns to the club he spent time on loan at last season.

    Wassall: Keep Momentum Going

    Darren Wassall says his Derby County team have to keep their recent run of form going as the play-offs approach but that they can`t wait to get started.

    Join Vital Derby!!

    Why not join Vital Derby! With news and views, along with a forum, polls and article comments, everything you need in a fans site is right here!

    Archived Vital Derby Articles

    Vital Derby articles from

    Site Journalists

    MikeC
    Editor email
    Profile

    Current Poll (see more polls)

    Result v. Brighton?
    Suggested By: MikeC
    Brighton win56%
    Draw11%
    Derby win33%
    ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

    League Table

    # Team P W D L Pts. GD
    1 Middlesbrough 45 26 10 9 88 32
    2 Burnley 44 24 15 5 87 33
    3 Brighton 44 24 15 5 87 30
    4 Hull City 45 23 11 11 80 30
    5 Derby County 44 21 14 9 77 24
    6 Sheff Wed 45 19 17 9 74 22
    7 Cardiff 45 17 16 12 67 5
    8 Ipswich 45 17 15 13 66 1
    9 Birmingham 45 16 14 15 62 4
    10 Brentford 45 18 8 19 62 1
    11 Preston 45 15 16 14 61 0
    12 Leeds Utd 45 14 16 15 58 -8
    13 Q.P.R. 44 13 18 13 57 0
    14 Wolves 45 13 16 16 55 -6
    15 Blackburn 45 12 16 17 52 -2
    16 Reading 45 13 13 19 52 -5
    17 Forest 45 12 16 17 52 -5
    18 Bristol City 45 13 13 19 52 -16
    19 Huddersfield 45 13 12 20 51 -7
    20 Rotherham 45 13 10 22 49 -14
    21 Fulham 45 11 15 19 48 -14
    R Charlton 45 9 13 23 40 -37
    R MK Dons 45 9 12 24 39 -29
    R Bolton 45 5 15 25 30 -39
    Latest F1 News
    Latest Vital Boxing News

    Recent Derby County Results (view all)

    Derby County Fixtures (view all)

    May 2 2016 2:30PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (a)
    Sky Bet Championship
    May 7 2016 12:30PM : Ipswich Town (H)
    Sky Bet Championship