IFA teams lead the way in Check-a-trade boycott

THE IFA has always taken pride in seeing it’s teams get involved in the issues of the day that affect football supporters, especially those who travel big distances to see their teams play.

Last season, many fans stayed away from Football League Checkatrade Trophy games in protest at the EFL’s changes to the competition, particularly the introduction of elite clubs’ U23 teams into the competition, which supporters saw as a first step to B-teams in the League, and therefore undermining of true competition and promotion/relegation in the FL pyramid.

Supporters across the country will be boycotting games again this season and tomorrow evening, at the same time as Grimsby Town and Doncaster Rovers are playing in the trophy, the two IFA teams have made serious attempts to get fans to come to their game instead with the aim of attracting a similar attendance to the trophy game itself.

Having noted the sunset time, the Internet Mariners have even hired floodlights for the game, as well as an all-important beer stand, thanks to donations paid for costs from our supporters trust and other sponsorship. The game is the first of it’s kind and has got the attention of the Football Supporters Federation, national media and local newspapers in both areas. Any proceeds from ticket donations will go towards 3 charities, 2 in Grimsby and 1 in Doncaster, with almost £900 raised already.

The IFA wish all players from both teams the best of luck !