Season Ticket Prices And A Refreshing View
Bolton Wanderers have today joined Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers in dropping season ticket prices right across the board (barring corporate hospitality prices). There is much coverage of this decision in the national press today and The Sun reported it as part of their Cut The Price Of Footie Campaign; the Sun's article can be read here
Bolton's news brought a cautious statement from the Football Supporters Federation who have been campaigning for lower ticket prices. Their latest press release and details of their petition can be found on their website here A link to the FSF's website has also been added on the right hand side of this blog.
Our statement on our Club's pricing for next season can be read here
Earlier this week Chelsea confirmed that they would fbe reezing their season ticket prices for next season but perhaps the most refreshing view was from David Gold, the Chairman and co-owner, of Championship promotion hopefuls Birmingham City.
Gold said "If we rewind the tape 14 years, every club spent their television money on players' wages, agents and transfer fees. Not a penny went to the clubs themselves or, more importantly, the supporters. Clubs who got the money immediately increased their prices and, as television money went up, the prices went up in tandem. They have sucked money out of the fans relentlessly for 14 years - I'm talking about all football, I'm talking about ourselves - and it's got to stop." Gold went on to warn against ignoring the fans and finished "It's time football gave something back to them."
The debates, campaigns, pricing policies etc will continue to be a topic of conversation for some time to come. We'll continue to keep an eye on it and bring attention to it on here.