The winners for the Best Away Day in non league has recently been announced at the National Game Awards in association with Buildbase.
The award is said to be an extension of the Football Supporters’ Federation’s ‘Away Fans Matter’ campaign and it’s the second time they have announced this award from Steps one to four.
Last year’s winners were Tranmere Rovers, Bognor Regis Town, Bamber Bridge and Kings Langley who are the overall winner.
Find out who they have named for the 2018/19 season award below…
STEP 1 – HARROGATE TOWN
STEP 2 – CHORLEY
Mark Norris (Chief Steward, Chorley FC) said: “We can’t thank the FSF enough for this award as it just goes to show how much work and dedication everyone puts in on Victory Park match days. We welcome away fans with open arms and we’re looking forward to having a whole new set of visiting supporters coming to enjoy what Chorley FC has to offer next season in the National League.”
STEP 3 – LEWES
STEP 4 – OSSETT UNITED
The FSF state on their website: “We recognise that facilities and resources vary at the different levels of the game and categorise nominations at each of Steps one to four of the National League System. A judging panel sifted through the nominations we received before deciding the winning club at each level.
“We wants all clubs to make away fans feel welcome and our award acknowledges those clubs who go that extra mile. Travelling supporters are vital to the atmosphere at matches and away fans also bring additional revenue, improving the financial viability of our football clubs. Without away fans, grounds are far quieter, less vibrant places. A noisy and colourful away end can make even a mediocre game more memorable.
“The cost of travel and tickets can be barriers to supporters, but that cost is worthwhile if you have a good day out helped by considerate stewarding and a welcome from the host club. The evidence from our annual survey of fans demonstrates that those clubs who make away fans feel welcome attract more supporters and reap a financial benefit from both home and away fans alike.
“Our award acknowledges best practice, and we hope that it will encourage all clubs to look at how the match day experience for away fans at their own club can be improved.”
After learning on the winners for the Best Away Day in non league that were announced at the National Game Awards, fans have taken to social media to give their reaction – find out what they said on the next page.