When Manchester City and Liverpool fans head south for their FA Cup semi-final match at Easter, don’t expect the trains to be awash in sky blue and red. Because on the semi-final weekend, 16./17. April, there are no direct trains from the North West to London due to planned road works.
Supporters’ groups at both clubs have “unified” in their condemnation of the “messed up” travel arrangements The guard reported. Trains from Liverpool Lime Street terminate at Rugby and trains from Manchester Piccadilly terminate at Milton Keynes. This means fans will be forced to “either travel by road or air, or consider cumbersome cross-country rail travel that makes daytime round-trip travel virtually impossible”.
The Football Association of England said it would work with clubs Network Rail and National Express to “find a solution to allow fans of both teams to travel to and from matches with as little disruption as possible”. But to “make things worse,” he said Daily Mailthe FA have been “warned of the potential travel chaos surrounding the FA Cup semi-final in September next month”.
Fans of the other semi-finalists, Chelsea and Crystal Palace, will have no problem traveling through London to get to their Wembley game. However, Liverpool and City support groups said it made “no sense” for Wembley to host the game if there are going to be major travel disruptions.
In a joint statement, Liverpool supporters group Spirit of Shankly and City’s We are 1894 said fans traveling to the semi-finals were shown “zero consideration” and have urged the FA to “#ChangeTheVenue”. The statement said: “City and Liverpool are less than 40 miles apart and there are many reasons big enough, far closer than Wembley, to host such a prestigious game.”
The FA confirmed the venue of the match would not be moved from Wembley, but fans “continue to call for a move to a more suitable venue”. Daily Mail called. The Spirit of Shankly group want the game to be played at Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium, despite United set to host Norwich in the Premier League that same weekend.
Since when have the semi-finals been played at Wembley?
Being able to play at the “iconic” Wembley Stadium – England’s “home of football” – is seen as a “highlight for a lot of players,” he said goal. The famous stadium has traditionally hosted the FA Cup final, but the Football Association has expanded its use and in recent years ‘it hasn’t been such an exclusive venue’.
The first FA Cup The semi-finals at Wembley Stadium took place in 1991 when Tottenham met north London rivals Arsenal. Two years later, Sheffield Wednesday played Sheffield United in a Steel City derby semi-final.
In 2003, the FA then announced that after the completion of the “new” Wembley, the semi-finals would be held there permanently from the 2007/2008 season. This “created some dissatisfaction,” Goal added.
“A Financial Necessity”
Wembley’s capacity of almost 90,000 means “many more fans now have the opportunity to see their team in the semi-finals than when games were played at stadiums like Anfield, Villa Park and Old Trafford,” said FA spokesman Matt Phillips The guard in 2011. “It was purpose-built for major events, particularly major football events.”
Nick Barron, who was FA spokesman in 2003, said there was a “financial need” to host the semi-finals at Wembley, Goal reported.
“There will be traditionalists who get excited about the idea of the semi-finals being played at Wembley,” Barron said in 2003. “So will some fans of clubs that would have to travel a long way to London and we understand that they don’t necessarily an ideal is location. However, it is a financial necessity to pay for the new stadium. And the benefit is that not only will more fans be able to watch the games, but they will be able to do so in the best stadium in the world.”
https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/sport/football/956172/should-fa-cup-semi-finals-be-moved-from-wembley Should the FA Cup semi-final be moved from Wembley?