The campaign to lower Premier League ticket prices is an ongoing battleThe campaign to lower Premier League ticket prices is an ongoing battle uniting fans from all clubs, despite Livepool owners lessening the cost at Anfield after walkout
By JACK BEZANTS FOR MAILONLINE
The issue of supporter unrest at the cost of Premier League tickets was thrown firmly into the public eye when around 10,000 Liverpool supporters exited Anfield in the 77th minute of the 2-2 draw with Sunderland in protest.
Liverpool's owners have since reneged their position on cost but while a battle has been won, the war to lower the price of tickets remains. It is something which unites fans across the Premier League and beyond.
A statement from Liverpool fan groups Spirit of Shankly and Spion Kop 1906, responding to Wednesday's u-turn by FSG, said: 'More must be done to make football affordable. We have always stated that this is a journey... and this is a positive step in the right direction towards fairness and away from greed, but it is only one step.'
Sportsmail has approached fans of all 20 Premier League sides to ask what they think about the situation and where it needs to go next:
Arsenal: Arsenal Supporters Trust
Arsenal Supporters Trust has worked closely with other supporters' groups to increase pressure on this issue.
There are various tactics we have used, last week we successfully more tickets for FA Cup finalists. We have mobilised an online and email campaign to get Arsenal to scrap a season ticket surcharge.
Aston Villa: John Morris, North West Villa Supporters' Club
To be honest, with Villa, it is affordable to me. You can get in, as an adult, for £25.
But it starts at the very top of the game. For the FA Cup final, my ticket was £90. My daughter's was £70. It is outrageous and nobody gives the Football Association stick in my opinion.
I would say I am priced out of eight away games. I refuse to pay around £55 which means I do not go to Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Norwich and Chelsea, for example.
It is not the working man's game anymore.
Bournemouth: Steve Jenkins, In The South End, It's All About AFC Bournemouth
As an independent one-man operation there is not much I can do apart from join up to the current running campaigns. For example, I signed the 20 is plenty petition. When information is available I will be posting on my site to encourage readers and fans to join. If we don't make our voice heard it will never happen.
Chelsea: Tim Rolls, Chair, Chelsea Supporters' Trust
We will be working with the Football Supporters Federation and supporters groups from other Premier League clubs about the identification and implementation of the most effective campaign tactics.
This is a Premier League wide issue, not a parochial club one, and any campaign will be more effective if treated as such.
I guess tactics like walkouts, late arrivals, boycotts etc are all possible options but would need careful planning, co-ordination and publicity, and the objectives would need to be clear and widely understood.
There may be other ways to get the message across that enough is enough.
Crystal Palace: Chris Waters, Crystal Palace Supporters' Trust
The Trust and Palace fans in general have long supported lower ticket prices, and in particular the Twenty's Plenty campaign.
While season tickets in particular are good value at Selhurst Park, with prizes frozen for next season, the price tiering of certain games and the obligation to buy tickets for a 'lesser' match when buying tickets for a game against the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United has begun to price out some casual fans, especially families.
The big issue is the ridiculous cost of away games, coupled with the disdain for travelling fans in the scheduling of those games for TV, creating additional cost and inconvenience.
Everton: George McKane, Everton Supporters' Trust
EST have maintained an active role in the campaign for lower ticket prices. EST are proud to have initiated and support several Campaigns including 'Twenty's Plenty' a national drive for all tickets prices for all Premier League clubs to be capped at £20.
This is part of our Aims and Objectives at EST and we are in regular touch with other Supporters Trusts throughout the Country including of course Spirit Of Shankly, to add a unified approach to ticket pricing.
Leicester City: Ian Bason, Foxes Trust Chairman
Along with many fellow Premiership Trusts we have written to our club requesting a ticket price freeze for the duration of the new TV deal (three years), introduction of a special price rate for 18 – 21-year-olds (who are either studying or in low paid jobs) and a significant increase in the Away Fans Fund.
We also continue to back the FSF's £20 in Plenty Campaign. The Premiership Trust's and the FSF are working very closely on campaigning, with the level of TV revenue the clubs do not need to generate more money from ticket prices.
Liverpool: John Gibbons, The Anfield Wrap
At Liverpool we have just seen a comedown on ticket price increases, so we will probably just take time to reflect on how fair the current offer is.
However, ticket prices are a national problem and football fans need to work together to fight it, especially on issues like categorisation.
It means away fans of traditionally larger clubs are having to pay much more, often twice as much, to watch their football team from the same seat as a fan of another club, through no fault of their own.
Manchester City: James Delargy, Manchester City FC Supporters Club
As the supporters' club, we are a voice for the fans. We are always on the side of the fans. Ultimately, the cost of not just tickets, but also things such as kits, is too much and we are always conscious of it.
Football needs to be accessible for all. City has a huge following, in areas of Manchester that are not the most affluent. We are keen to make sure it becomes more accessible for them.
In other areas of improving fan experience, we are promoting a football vs homophobia campaign and the club have been very supportive of that. It is going to be played at half-time at the Etihad this weekend.
The Manchester City supporters club want to see less affluent parts of the city helped out with costs
Manchester United fans feel they pay extra away from home due to categorisation of matches
Manchester United: Stewart Woodhouse, Red Mancunian
I have seen a freeze for six years now at the club but when we were taken over by the Glazers, it went up quite considerably. I would estimate around 25-30 per cent in the first three or four years.
Away from home, it is categorisation that is the big, major problem and it is one all over Europe, too.
We go away, we go in Europe, we get charged more just because opposition clubs know they are going to sell out, just because United are there. I don't think the Premier League have ever looked at it.
What Liverpool did (walkout against Sunderland) was good. Now, they don't have it anymore.
Newcastle United: Michael Martin, true faith, Newcastle United Fanzine, also at www.true-faith.co.uk
The FSF is leading a national campaign and we'll follow their lead 100%.
Norwich: Robin Sainty, Canaries Trust
We have had regular dialogue with NCFC's chief executive and also took part in the national Twenty's Plenty protest.
We are continuously promoting the ticket price issue on social media and via articles and blogs. We will continue to chip away at the club and make ticket pricing a central issue in our membership drive.
We will also happily lend support to any other bodies protesting against the issue with the proviso that they share our view that this is a Premier League wide issue, rather than one or two rogue clubs.
Southampton: Nick Illingsworth, former chairman of the Southampton Supporters' Club
It is great, what Liverpool did. This needed someone to make a stand. For Saints, I hope what happened there has made the club sit up and take notice, too. It would be a crime if clubs did not realise what supporters are to them.
The writing is on the wall. Against West Ham on Saturday, Southampton had 3,000 empty chairs.
Seats are overpriced but all the indications are that Saints are a listening club. I think they will see what is happening. They need to build a fan base which will tile up.
Stoke: Angela Smith Chair, Stoke City Supporters Council
Stoke City have frozen the price of season tickets for the last eight years. As a result the average age of the fan based has reduced.
The club also tries to get reciprocal deals with other clubs so that the price of watching for away fans is affordable. Stoke City also provides free transport on official coaches for our fans going to away games.
If other clubs did similar then many of the problems would be alleviated. I will of course support anything that makes football more affordable.
Sunderland: Jan Rowan, Sunderland Supporters' Group.
As a branch we are writing to the Football League and liaising with other branches through the Branch Liaison Committee (BLC).
The BLC meets on a regular basis with representatives from SAFC to discuss ticketing and other football related topics.
I think that there will be more discussion at forthcoming meetings to organise ways to raise awareness of the ticketing price structure across the football league.
Swansea: Swansea City Supporters Trust
The Swansea City Supporters' Trust is in a unique position in the Premier League in that it is a major (21 per cent) shareholder in the club and has a full Director on the Club Board.
As such it has a regular dialogue and ticket prices are very much part of that. Promotion of the Club's 'True2TwentyTwo' scheme is seen as a positive contribution to the overall campaign for lower ticket prices.
The scheme allows Swans fans to purchase away tickets for Premier League games at a maximum price of £22. Whilst the scheme is not perfect, the True2TwentyTwo window closes four weeks before matchday, it is something which is appreciated by most fans attending away fixtures.
Tottenham are flying high on the pitch but the fans in the stands, fans face more price rises
Tottenham: Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust
At the end of last season, the club indicated it wanted to raise the price of home match day tickets for the 2016/17 season by around 2%. We said that we opposed that move.
Against a backdrop of almost 700% rises over the last 15 years, and a record-breaking new TV rights deal, we do not believe there is any justification whatsoever for increasing prices.
Fans at other clubs, particularly Liverpool and Arsenal, have spoken out about home pricing at their own clubs, generating welcome discussion about the issue of affordable football. We hope our own Club Board will take note of prevailing opinion when deciding on home pricing for next season.
Watford: The 1881 Movement
Luckily our club is that rarity in the Premier League; Watford supported the proposed £30 cap on away tickets and they asked every club if they would reciprocate with cheap away tickets to which sadly only two or three agreed.
As a group we actively support the FSF campaign (Twenty Is Plenty) and are affiliates of the FSF. We have customised banners to display at games home and away.
We use social media to highlight the need for cheaper match prices and liaise with other supporter groups as well as financially supporting them where possible to produce their own campaign material.
This is OUR game. If enough people stand up to the spiralling costs, one day we might be able to reclaim it for everyone who can't afford it anymore.
West Brom: Alan Cleverley, Secretary, West Bromwich Albion Supporters' Club
Football has a captive audience. You can walk out, you can choose not to buy a ticket but there will still be people turning up.
I supported the Liverpool walkout but I am unsure if I would do it myself.
Did it effect the game? It did in my opinion. It was very interesting. As for targeting sponsors, it depends who they are but I can’t see it working everywhere.
West Ham: Zaman Siddiqui - westhamtillidie.com
I feel that targeting sponsors themselves will help to subsidise decreases in ticket prices. The fans are directly supported with any general costs, be it travel or hospitality. These things add up!
Also, I am against incessant queries regarding players' wages, such as salary caps and reforms to the PFA financial model, as they may unsettle existing players or deter new players from coming here. We need to get Neymar and Messi!
Finally, there needs to be a governing body for charity work. The PFA doesn't do much about it, so I nominate Steven Naismith as head of this new body!