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hookit

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Footie fans call season ticket foul

One in every eight football fans (12%) is considering not renewing their season ticket because they have been priced out of the game - up five per cent on the same time last year, according to new research from Virgin Money.

Fans of Premiership clubs are least likely to return next season, with around 16 per cent believing they cannot afford to attend every home match.

Virgin Money estimates that around a quarter of all season tickets won't be renewed across the country this summer, with reasons varying from family commitments to the overall cost and even disillusionment at the poor quality of the football on display.

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But research shows that almost half of those who are not renewing say following their team is just too expensive. And Virgin Money's Football Fans Price Index shows the cost of going to games has risen by 17.8 per cent since January 2006.

And the poll showed West Ham will feel the backlash most keenly, with some 38 per cent of season ticket holders saying they wouldn't be renewing next year. Almost three quarters of those claim Upton Park is just too expensive, suggesting that the club's recent Great Escape at Old Trafford may not be enough to keep the fans happy.

Other Premiership clubs pricing their fans away from the game include championship challengers Manchester United, who recently announced a 14 per cent rise in ticket prices for next season, Middlesbrough and Liverpool. Portsmouth and Bolton fans are among the least likely to complain about costs vindicating the clubs' decisions to either freeze or lower season ticket prices for next season.

Club % of season ticket holders not renewing due to cost % of season ticket holders not renewing due to poor quality football

1 West Ham United 28 7

2 Manchester United 24 0

3 Liverpool 22 0

4 Middlesbrough 21 3

5 Newcastle United 19 10

6 Tottenham Hotspur 19 0

7 Aston Villa 17 1

8 Chelsea 15 0

9 Blackburn Rovers 14 1

10 Charlton Athletic 13 1

11 Arsenal 13 0

12 Fulham 12 1

13 Manchester City 11 13

14 Sheffield United 11 0

15 Watford 10 6

16 Wigan Athletic 10 4

17 Reading 8 1

18 Bolton Wanderers 8 0

19 Everton 7 1

20 Portsmouth 7 0


The findings of the survey for the Virgin Money Football Fans Price Index highlight the threat rising costs of being a fan pose to the future of the game, illustrating the potential impact of high ticket prices on everyday fans.

Virgin Money's Football Fans' Price Index shows that in the past year the cost of attending games has risen by 17.84 per cent. The index is aimed at helping supporters keep track of the rises and falls in the costs of supporting their team. The company identified the matchday essentials fans buy and keeps tabs on increases and decreases.

At the launch of the index last year the matchday basket of goods cost 77.95 and now it's 91.87 - a rise of 13.92. An increase in the cost of match tickets and replica shirts are the main reasons behind the increase.

Virgin Money spokesman John Franklin said: "Football clubs have to understand that fans can only take so much. High ticket prices, pricey merchandise and matchday programmes are all contributing to an ordinary fan's regular costs. Loyalty should be rewarded, not exploited.

"There is evidence that some clubs are listening to their fans - price freezes and even price reductions are being introduced in the Premiership but sadly at the moment these are exceptions to the rule. If we want to continue to fill our stadia and attract future generations to the beautiful game, football has to be affordable to all."

Virgin Money's Football Fans' Prices Index runs every three months and looks at the cost of a typical basket of goods monitoring the ups and downs of prices.

The firm's research team examines the cost of items such as a gallon of petrol; match tickets; food; alcohol; train tickets and replica shirts
 

thetraveller

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For someone who claims not to like football you spend a lot time posting about it.


Is it because there are no Yorkshire teams in the Premier League?? (Apart from Middlesbrough)
 

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Is it because there are no Yorkshire teams in the Premier League?? (Apart from Middlesbrough)
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lol lol lol lol lol

how they can think they are a North east team and rival to Newcastle and Sunderland is beyond me [;)]
 

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I post about football when I see something topical about the game. The information I have put on here is for those who may not have seen it and do enjoy football. I only dislike pro football not the game of football.
And I think the post talls you why I stopped going to watch football, it has nothing to do with the game but everything about ripping the fans off.
 

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Originally posted by hookit

I post about football when I see something topical about the game. The information I have put on here is for those who may not have seen it and do enjoy football. I only dislike pro football not the game of football.
And I think the post talls you why I stopped going to watch football, it has nothing to do with the game but everything about ripping the fans off.


When Yorkshire manages to get a team that plays football (Unlike the Blades) you will be able to find out whether or not it is too expensive. Apart from Leeds United of course who let you watch third class football at Premiership prices.[:D][}:)]


Bit of a confusing article anyway as it refers to Man United as challengers whilst referring to West Hams great escape at Old Trafford. Unless of course you are pasting bits together in just another effort to attack football again??[:(]


Frankly I find the 91 quoted as the cost to watch a game *******s.
 

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Here is the full link, no edits. I only cut the bits I thought would not be of interest. But you have accused me of editing so here you are read it all. It would not be difficult to find dirt to throw at pro football would it?

http://money.aol.co.uk/consumer-corner/footie-fans-call-season-ticket-foul/article/20070515112609990006
 

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A yorkshireman moaning about money and prices... whats new?
 

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Originally posted by pelly

A yorkshireman moaning about money and prices... whats new?

Good shot mate. However I am not daft enough to pay good money to watch cr*p.
 

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Originally posted by hookit

Originally posted by pelly

A yorkshireman moaning about money and prices... whats new?

Good shot mate. However I am not daft enough to pay good money to watch cr*p.

I watch real football and its cheaper than 20 in fact, a lot cheaper as when I buy a season ticket, mathematically, it turns out to be 5 a game. I only pay like 115-120 for my season ticket at Lincoln.
 

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Originally posted by pelly

Originally posted by hookit

Originally posted by pelly

A yorkshireman moaning about money and prices... whats new?

Good shot mate. However I am not daft enough to pay good money to watch cr*p.

I watch real football and its cheaper than 20 in fact, a lot cheaper as when I buy a season ticket, mathematically, it turns out to be 5 a game. I only pay like 115-120 for my season ticket at Lincoln.

You are being ripped off mate. 5 per game does not seem bad, I know some who pay a hell of a lot more.
 

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Originally posted by hookit

Originally posted by pelly

Originally posted by hookit

Originally posted by pelly

A yorkshireman moaning about money and prices... whats new?

Good shot mate. However I am not daft enough to pay good money to watch cr*p.

I watch real football and its cheaper than 20 in fact, a lot cheaper as when I buy a season ticket, mathematically, it turns out to be 5 a game. I only pay like 115-120 for my season ticket at Lincoln.

You are being ripped off mate. 5 per game does not seem bad, I know some who pay a hell of a lot more.

Its upto me if I want to be ripped off, but I enjoy buying a season ticket for Lincoln because it shows my support for the club and putting money into a club makes me feel happy. The lower league clubs need the money to survive and I try to help Lincoln by supporting them and being a season ticket holder does just that job.
 

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As you very rightley state it is up to you how you spend your money. As I said 5 is not bad and i would not call it being ripped off, I was only having a bit of fun. [:D]
 

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The conference playoff final today was 10 times more exciting than the dross served up yesterday in the f.a cup final. If you want value for money and excitement then lower league football is the way forwards, if you want to be ripped off then carry on watching the big boys.[}:)]
 

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agreed with football being too expsensive, find cheap alternatives like rugby league but that'll be hard for you soft southerners who wont play a mans sport
 
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