NTFC Supporters Trust will also be offering Cobblers fans discounted £5
coach travel to the away game at Bury on 14 April.
The Trust has decided to match the football club's deal with Sixfields
Travel in the hope that as many Cobblers supporters as possible will
benefit from reduced travel prices for what is shaping up to be a
massive game at Gigg Lane.
The loss to the travel club for this match offer is being funded
entirely by Trust funds.
We have already gone on record to state that we think any future deals
the club makes for the benefit of supporters should be through
subsidised ticket prices, so that ALL fans benefit irrespective of how
they travel to away games.
It is a subject that we will be raising with the football club at a
meeting later this week.
The Supporters' Trust welcomes any initiative which benefits our loyal supporter base - but is bemused by the club’s decision to offer subsidised travel to the Bury away game through only one of the Northampton Town travel clubs.
The Trust feel this offer is partial and should instead reach out to all fans, irrespective of how they travel to away games and who they travel with. We feel this offer may marginalise many other loyal supporters who prefer to go to away games by car or rail or who prefer to use the other travel clubs, particularly at a time when the team can do with all the support it can get. If the club wishes to reward loyal fans, a better course of action may have been to offer subsidised ticket prices for anyone travelling to a selected away game, be it Bury or any of our remaining away trips. While the scheme, in spirit, is a good one and we are glad the club is open to such ideas, we are very disappointed that the club has not consulted with us on how this could be executed to ensure it fairly rewards ALL of our away supporters. We intend to raise this in at an upcoming meeting we have with the club before the end of the month.
NTFC Supporters' Trust will be playing a full part in the centenary commemoration of Walter Tull, the former Northampton Town footballer who was the first black officer to lead white British soldiers in battle in World War One.
The Trust will be represented at Saturday’s memorial service at the statue of Walter in the courtyard at Northampton’s Guildhall. And we will lay a wreath of remembrance at the Walter Tull Memorial at Sixfields, prior to the Good Friday home match against Charlton Athletic.
The Trust will also:-
“We will continue to aim to raise the profile of Walter Tull and, in his name, work to remove any barriers to football fans enjoying this beautiful game.”