The FSF (Football Supporters’ Federation) have just released their annual feedback from away fans, who were asked to rate the match experience on their travels for the rest of the clubs in their division.
Almost 4,000 took part in the survey and the Premier League results make interesting reading.
Supporters were asked to rate the transport links, turnstiles, stadium layout, food and drink, view of the pitch and security at each of the away grounds they had visited
Almost half (45%) rated match ticket as important, whilst over half (53%) said that the kick-off time was.
Only 4% rated the likelihood of winning the match as an important reason for travelling away.
Fans in the Championship on average rated their away day experience (6.56) a fair way ahead of those in the Premier League (6.03).
Newcastle fan and CEO of the FSF, Kevin Miles, said:
“Away supporters are vital to the health of our game and football shouldn’t take them for granted.
“If a visitor comes to your home, you treat them well, yet we often hear from travelling fans who feel they’re treated as a problem, rather than as a valued guest.”
Away fans at the ‘sharp end’:
“Whether it’s high prices or an unfriendly welcome, away supporters are often at the sharp end. We want to fix that, stand up for the travelling fan, and highlight those clubs who do it right.
“It’s in everyone’s interests, particularly in terms of atmosphere in the ground, to have healthy away attendances.”
Ratings below for each Premier League club:
7.79 Hull City
6.94 Stoke City
6.84 Leicester City
6.72 Swansea City
6.68 Newcastle United
6.53 Manchester City
5.69 Aston Villa
5.58 West Ham United
5.40 Manchester United
4.94 Crystal Palace