Stoke City Offer Fans Free Coach Travel To All 2013/14 Premier League Away Games

Alan Duffy

19th, July 2013

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By Alan Duffy

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They may struggle to impress the football purists, but Stoke City’s decision to offer free coach travel for their away fans in 2013/14 is sure to win them a whole lot of respect.

Aware of the financial burden being placed on their loyal fans, the club will provide free coaches to all 19 of the Potters’ top-flight away games in the coming campaign. Chief Executive Tony Scholes said:

“As a Club we are conscious that following football can be an expensive business, especially at a time when so many people are feeling the squeeze financially.”

“We work hard to try and provide our supporters with value for money which is why we have not increased our ticket prices since being promoted to the Premier League in 2008.”

“However, we realise how expensive following the Club away from home can be for supporters and we’re delighted to be able to offer free coach travel and hope it encourages more of them to give us their fantastic backing away from home.”

In this era of oil-sodden oligarchs and ridiculous transfer fees, this is quite the heart-warming act. Any jokes about ‘not going to watch Stoke even if I was paid’ are to be dismissed immediately.

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  1. Adam says:

    Very nice touch there. They’ll gain an awful amount of respect for this. It’s nice to see a club who are genuinely concerned about their fans. I support Southend United, and, even though I appreciate they are cash-strapped and understand the need to use Nike’s cheapest, crappest kits available, I cannot believe they insist on increasing the prices for shirts to £42.50, and that’s without a name and number! So, for an EPL league to go and do something like this, is very heart-warming. I salute you, Tony Scholes. And, if you could be so kind as to have a chat with one certain Ron Martin about how to run a club properly, it’d be greatly appreciated…

  2. Herman says:

    Good of them. Do you have to prove that you are actually a Stoke City fan and are going to the away game though? Or can you just be a person living in the Stoke area wanting a weekend trip every fourthnight?

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