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Reds Away end of season report 2012/13

Reds Away end of season report 2012/13

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Foreword
It’s been a successful season on the pitch and a mixed one off the pitch, when it comes toUnited’s ticket allocations.
 
On the plus side, we’ve seen continued good relations between United fans’ groups and
some police forces, some councils and some opposition clubs, but that cannot be said forothers as the pages below show.The season started well for United allocations, but took a turn for the worst due to howauthorities viewed behaviour at Newcastle, Chelsea in the League Cup, Norwich andSwansea.We experienced allocation restrictions (to lesser or larger degrees) at eight of 22 domesticaway games and we anticipate that of the 19 Premier League trips next season, we will,again, not have full allocations at Manchester City, Tottenham or Sunderland, though weexpect it to be increased at Everton, Liverpool and West Ham.Three new challenges we noticed this season are 1) police have taken a zero-toleranceapproach to the use of flares and smoke bombs inside grounds, 2) decision-makingauthori
ties setting allocations based on how others perceived our fans’ behaviour elsewhere
in the country and 3) authorities threatening to cut allocations if the match kicks off at 17:30on a Saturday.
On the plus side, fans’ group are not only linking up with
other supporter organisationsacross the UK more and more
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for everyone’s gain –
but are also using a vast armoury of tactics to discover information and to represent matchgoing fans.We held United to account when they tried to improperly sell away-end tickets for the Citygame to executive
members and we exposed Newham Council’s bizarre practises when it
came to dealing with their own decision-making processes.
Most importantly, I’m confident we’re making progress season by season in persuading
authorities that we are best placed to help them keep stadia safe.But there is an onus on fans to do their bit: Evidence shows that, the more we abide by rulesthat, in reality, have no impact on the atmosphere (keeping aisles clear, for example) thebigger the allocations we get.
Let’s hope these allocations keep increasing as time goes on.
 Dale HaslamEditorredsaway.com
 
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ContentsSection 1 domestic away games, season 2012/133
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Everton8
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Southampton10
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Liverpool16
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Newcastle18
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Chelsea19
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Chelsea (League Cup)22
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Aston Villa23
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Norwich27
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Reading29
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Manchester City34
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Swansea35
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Wigan37
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West Ham (FA Cup)39
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Tottenham42
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Fulham43
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QPR45
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Sunderland47
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Chelsea (FA Cup)48
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Stoke49
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West Ham52
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Arsenal54
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West Brom56 - Section 2
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what to expect from trips to the three promoted clubs58
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Section 3
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other issues61
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Section 4
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what other groups think
 
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Section 1
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domestic away games, season 2012/13
EvertonPremier LeagueMonday August 20, kick off 20:00Allocation: 2,923
Allocation issuesBecause of reported problems with United fans blocking an aisle near the upper left-hand
gangway at the 2011/12 fixture, the club’s safety officer asked Liverpool City Council’s
licensing committee to make a small adjustment.The committee granted permission for measures to be taken that lead to a reduction of 26seats to be taken off sale.Matters arising1. Liverpool Licensing Committee met to decide the allocation on July 23, but the report
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 they considered did not contain a proposed allocation and did not specify exactly what thesafety concerns were.
As a result, fans’ groups were left guessing as
to what the allocation would be and could notset about addressing the safety issues.It was only after Reds Away and MUST put out a press release
on July 18 that Everton FC’s
press office contacted Reds Away to say that only 26 seats would be lost and highlightedwhy.
In Reds Away’s view, it would have
benefitted all sides if Everton, or perhaps the council hadtold us the figure and the safety issues earlier.2. The council report claimed away fans should get allocations of 3,125 but even before anysafety concerns were identified United got below this figure.There may be an innocent explanation, but it
’s important that we understand why United
did not get the full amount.
3. MUST chief executive officer Duncan Drasdo and Football Supporters’ Federation
chairman Malcolm Clarke attended the July 23 meeting.The report suggested that the reduced allocation would apply to all future games betweenEverton and United at Goodison.
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