M.U.S.T Email Bulletin 14th Feb 2019

The Manchester United Supporters Trust
M.U.S.T Saves United Away Fans c. £4 Million!
  1. M.U.S.T saves United away supporters c. £4 million!
  2. Government Commits to a Better Rail Deal for Travelling Fans
  3. FREE Prize Draw for email subscribers
1. M.U.S.T saves United away supporters c. £4 million!
M.U.S.T save United fans £4 million
United's away support is second to none and even our rivals grudgingly accept it as the best in country. We have long argued that away supporters are a special case - crucial to atmosphere and our football culture. In the years leading up to 2016-2017 season there had been a rapid rise in away ticket prices. Following a sustained campaign, with M.U.S.T leading for MUFC fans, in collaboration with supporters trusts from other Premier League clubs and coordinated by the national fan group, the FSF, we achieved what many had told us was impossible. The Premier League clubs agreed to put a cap on away ticket prices set at £30.

Last Thursday the Premier League shareholders met again to consider whether the cap would remain in place for the next 3 years and it is a testament to the strength of our campaign that this was passed unanimously.

Based on an estimated average saving <pedants alert!> of £15 per away game a ballpark calculation suggests that this will result in a total saving of more than £4 million for United fans over the full 6 years of the cap. (£15 x 19 games x 6 seasons x 2500 allocation = £4,275,000)

So if you know any United fan who has attended at least one away game they've already saved the Full Membership Fee of MUST (and 3 x that of the Match Going Membership) so please give them a nudge to show their support for the organisation that represents them in discussions with the club and at national level by joining
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2. Government Commits to a Better Rail Deal for Travelling Fans
Government Commits to a Better Rail Deal for Travelling Fans
Hot on the heels of last week’s commitment from the Premier League to extend the £30 Away Tickets Price Cap for a further three years the Government has an initiative to give football supporters a better deal on rail prices, particularly where they are moved at short notice for TV coverage meaning that supporters lose out on the best deals.

This is another issue which M.U.S.T has been working on for some time with fellow supporter groups and the Football Supporters Federation to lobby politicians, broadcasters, the Premier League and rail companies to give football supporters a fair deal on match day travel that is increasingly affected by changes imposed by broadcasters. This announcement is long overdue but still welcome. Supporters themselves do not yet appear to have been invited to participate in the project so we will be looking to correct this oversight and work with the other bodies to deliver on the promises that are now being made.

M.U.S.Tdevotes considerable time and resources on national campaigns through the Football Supporters Federation (which has recently merged with Supporters Direct). We meet with other Premier League Supporter Groups on a regular basis and work collaboratively on key supporter issues that affect us all. Our Vice-Chair Dave Pennington is an elected rep for the Premier League Network, working with FSF colleagues to push forward with an ambitious agenda. In addition to the Away price Cap and the match day travel initiative the group is also pressing on reducing prices for Young Adult tickets, travel cost compensation for evening TV matches where return trains are not available, improved structured dialogue between clubs and supporter groups, and challenging the FA’s Wembley ticket price hike. 

If you're a match going fan and not already a Match Going or Full Member of M.U.S.T then please join us 
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3. FREE Prize Draw for email subscribers
Special Prize Draw
Don't say we never give you anything for free!

This is the first FREE Prize Draw as a thank you to all our email subscriber members. You can enter via the link below (if you haven't already done so, you'll need to register as a Lite (£FREE), Match Going (£5) or Full Member (£15) before you login) to win a shirt signed by Juan Mata. The prize is:

Juan Mata Signed 2015/16 Manchester United (Home) Shirt worth £200 as featured on the MUST Shop here
You can enter the FREE Prize Draw here when it opens on Friday morning

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