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Meeting with LFC on ticket prices

Earlier this week, representatives from Spirit Of Shankly and Spion Kop 1906, alongside Supporter Committee representatives, met with club officials to discuss the concerns of many thousands of supporters about the increasingly high cost of match tickets. An overview of the discussion that took place can be viewed here - Minutes of Meeting

Our initial reaction following the meeting remains our position today - that it was a positive and much needed step in the right direction. Whilst we did not agree outright on everything, there was broad agreement on a number of important issues. These include;
 
  • That ticket pricing has an impact on the support provided and subsequently the atmosphere inside Anfield.
 
  • That was that makes the club unique, including the support provided in the form of flags and banners, need to be protected.
 
  • That this was about a longer term plan and ensuring traditions and history passed on to future generations and failing to take action put that at risk.
 
Representatives throughout reminded the club of many of our arguments, including that match day ticket revenue is a smaller and reducing proportion of total revenues and it is from these larger revenues that LFC can look to be innovative and lead the way on pricing. Ticket pricing has risen above inflation for many years not just the last couple and price rises have been well above wage inflation particularly in areas like Anfield, Liverpool and the surrounding Merseyside area.
 
It was our belief prior to this meeting that the only way to move this issue forward was for supporters to be engaged and involved in not only the discussions that may take place but for them to be at the table helping to make decisions. It was with this in mind that we proposed to the club they establish a working group on ticket pricing to help develop the much needed solutions. We are pleased that the club agreed to this and will now begin discussions with us on how this group should be made up and any 'terms of reference'. We expect this to take place in the coming weeks and we are pleased that the club recognise the urgency at which this needs to start. In addition, we are glad that the club agree there needs to be consideration on how they 'weight' opinions on issues such as ticket pricing, with more weight on the views of those directly affected.
 
We anticipate this will move quickly in the coming weeks and will keep members updated of progress as and when there is any. In the meantime the club have agreed to look at ticket pricing for the Europa League, as part of their commitment to this process.
 
There is still some way to go before we make football not only cheaper, but affordable. We will continue our work and campaigning on ticket prices and we will update supporters on plans as they are developed. However our meeting with the club has opened up a window of opportunity, for us to start discussions on how we work together to fix the problem. Our position remains clear - football is unaffordable and we won't stop until we change that. By the club engaging with the biggest 'stakeholders' in the game, supporters, we may see that solutions are easier to find and much more long lasting.


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