An interesting tale as a club pay back fans’ travel and hotel costs after a match was moved for TV.
In this day and age of football seen as simply a process of clubs grabbing as much money as they can, regardless of the impact on supporters, great to hear of one club bucking that trend.
League Two club Portsmouth were due to play Chesterfield on Saturday 1st March but in mid-January the match was changed to the Monday night for TV.
After receiving emails from fans who weren’t happy having made travel/accommodation plans, Pompey decided to look into whether they could reimburse those fans who would otherwise be losing money through no fault if their own.
Supporters had to provide proof of expenses incurred and now payments are now being made for the hotel and travel costs, including some airline fares.
The fee Portsmouth have received from TV is only around £10,000 for this particular match and in the end they were able to help around 70 of their most loyal supporters, who would have otherwise been out of pocket.
It gets even better though, because cash-starved Pompey would have seen most of their ten grand TV fee eaten up by the fans’ claims, but after reading about what his club was prepared to do, an anonymous fan stepped in to settle the money paid to supporters and so his club kept the TV windfall which to them these days is very decent money.
Portsmouth have warned fans that this is a one-off and that supporters need to be cautious as games can change only 3 or 4 weeks in advance of the original date.
However, this is still a great story in an era when we have fortunes being ripped out of the game by numerous agents, players and club owners.