Friday 20th February
For those of you who didn’t listen to The Scrimmage last night, they ran a feature on the Barclay End Projekt which you can listen to here about 45:20 in – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02hp0pv
Elsewhere, this is a letter which was written to The FSF by a Derby County fan in relation to the £40 their fans will be charged for the upcoming game at Carrow Road, a minimum price which will also be paid by any Norwich fans buying casual tickets. The letter includes the FSF response –
As a Derby fan who has just been notified of the ticket prices for our upcoming game at Carrow Road I feel I cannot let this pass without at least emailing you to make you aware.
We are to be charged £40 for an adult ticket which is easily the most expensive we have been charged on our travels this season and previous seasons. Norwich is not one of the easiest grounds to get to, either wrestling with awful roads or numerous changes on the train, this is never a pleasant journey, so to then be charged this amount simply defies logic.
When Norwich came to the iPro earlier in the season they were charged no more than £27, a somewhat average price for an enjoyable day in one of the leagues better stadiums. For them to now charge us £40 really does take the…….well I don’t have to spell it out do I ?
As a regular England traveller I have just received my email to tell me that the Italians are to charge us £14 to watch my national team in a friendly international. Can lessons be learnt from this ? I mean £40 for a Championship football match or £14 for an international between two of the worlds bigger and better teams. Having lived in Italy for 3 years I never thought Italian football would put us to shame but I’m sorry to say it does.
I’ve done a quick survey around my mates who support other Championship teams and they’ve been charged between £30 – £35 at Carrow Road this season, no one else has been charged £40. Is this a price we have to pay for our current position in the league? If so then my love for my club that I have followed religiously for 35 years is in for a massive bolt. With a young family to support I simply cannot afford to pay this week in, week out as I have done for many years.
Norwich City both as a football club and as a business need to take a long hard look at themselves. This is no way to run a business. They are pushing the man on the street from the terraces into the pubs and there will be only one winner there and it won’t be the football club. Where does the future support come from if they are charging these prices? Families cannot afford this alongside food, drink and travel costs.
Derby County as a club have seen a massive upturn in business this season, thanks mostly to the people at the helm, which in turn is breeding success on the pitch. Other clubs would do well to take a look at us, they would certainly learn something.
FSF RESPONSE: We 100% agree that £40 is a ridiculous amount for this game and we’ve already spoken out on Carrow Road prices in relation to visits by Leeds United, Brentford etc. You’re not alone in feeling like this. We have a petition www.fsf.org.uk/shareTVwealth which calls on football to use the PL’s TV wealth to bring down home/away prices throughout PL/FL and share money through grassroots. Sign it and it will automatically email your own club telling them how fans feel about prices, so it’s a handy lobbying tool. If you or any other Derby Country fans do arrange any form of protest before/during the game, we’d be 100% happy to advise, help promote and cover on our website as well. We’ll be meeting the Football League soon to talk ticket prices (again).