By Dan Bennett
AFC Bournemouth fans took part in a protest against the current price of away tickets before the home game against Watford on the 3rd October.
The Football Supporters Federation (FSF) organised ‘Twenty’s Plenty’ demonstrations across the country on the 3rd and 4th October, with their aim being to persuade clubs in all divisions to cap their away ticket prices at £20.
Both Watford and Bournemouth fans put their footballing differences aside and joined together to promote the cause of cheaper away tickets and displayed ‘Twenty’s Plenty’ banners.
Cherries season ticket holder Chris Millar helped organise the protest: “Ticket prices at the moment are too expensive,” he told the Bournemouth Rock.
“For a family of four to go to West Ham it was £115 just for tickets. The whole day was around £250-£300, it’s a lot of money.”
Away tickets for adults in the Premier League can cost up to £70 and the FSF argue that many fans now can’t afford to go and watch their team.
When asked about the aims of the protest, he added: “To help get the prices down, that’s all we want.”
In 2013, Manchester City fans were charged £62 to watch their team play Arsenal away from home and last year Liverpool fans boycotted their away fixture against Hull City due to the £50 away ticket cost.
With the Cherries promotion to the Premier League, Bournemouth fans could also now find themselves having to pay a considerable amount in ticket costs when watching their team away from home.
Tickets for the away game against Manchester City on the 17th October cost adult supporters £44 and adult tickets on priority sale for the South Coast derby fixture away at Southampton on the 1st November will cost supporters at least £40, with the coach journey there costing a further £14 for season ticket holders and £16 for non-season ticket holders.
Away ticket prices for the majority of games in the Premier League remain significantly above the FSF’s £20 target and there will no doubt be more ‘twenty’s plenty’ protests this season.