the cost of loving (thfc)
Once more the cost of supporting the
team you love rises.
I read with interest the comments of Mark
and East Stan on the subject of the increase of tickets for next season.
They have my sympathy, especially Mark who
has the hard task of telling his son he may not be able to have a season
ticket for next season. I have never been able to take my kids as
much as I would like, as have probably many many other dads. The one
thing you must always remember is your love for everything lilywhite
will never fade.
We have lost generations of football
supporters in this country due to over priced tickets, but they still
love their clubs because their dads tell them it's the best in the
All the best
P.S. My son is working now so the
first thing he wants is a spurs season ticket ... aahh, the innocence of
Many clubs are aggrieved at
mid-range season tickets going up to £680. And these are clubs
that have had a lot of success over the last twenty years.
So, consider the surprise (although we
should never be surprised) when we were informed that Spurs would be
putting up the price of season tickets by about £3 per game. And
this coming on the back of a large increase in season ticket prices last
season, when many clubs put a freeze on the rises.
While I appreciate the club want to
invest in the best and push Tottenham Hotspur into the mega-money making
bracket of clubs by breaking into the Champions League on a regular
basis, something needs to be done to put the brakes on the money
sloshing around within the game.
To compete with the other clubs who are
in the same boat, we have to pay inflated transfer fees and inflated
wages. So, why can't FIFA put a cap on how much players can earn.
This might make it a bit more of a level playing field for all the clubs
concerned if they are all only able to pay top whack for any particular
player. Yes, some clubs will always have a greater attraction for
the more talented players, but some might take the opportunity to join
other clubs outside the top four if they are on the same money with the
Everyone has raised expectation because
of the high prices we pay and following the winning of the League Cup,
not many of us would have paid to watch the games through to the end of
the season, when we expected more and just got less.
One of the beauties of football is that
you don't know the outcome, but you do expect to see something special
for your money, albeit one flash of brilliance in a game.
But because of your love for the club,
you don't want to miss out.
However, the pricing policy is forcing people to miss out if they can't
Having just received my sons' and my own renewals through the post, I
was amazed that they had gone up as follows:
Mine had gone up from £675 to £750 and my sons' from £265 to £305.
The enclosed letter stated that this amounted to a £3 a match increase
to be used to strengthen the squad and to improve the facilities the
club needs to 'push on' and challenge the top four clubs, but forgive me
if I'm wrong, but haven't we had price increases for as long as I can
remember and with the performances after the Carling Cup win, perhaps we
should've been given a rebate, as we weren't given 'value for money'.
After going to WHL for nearly forty years, I cannot now afford to go,
and yet I feel guilty for depriving my son of going after persuading him
(when he was born) that THFC was the only club he would ever be allowed
In the current financial climate, I'm sure that the club doesn't give a
jot about the fans, as there're always fans waiting to be Season Ticket
Holders, so the club always get the money, so why bother that the fans
that have supported the club through 'thick and thin' are discarded
after being 'priced out.
So from this season, I'll be an 'armchair supporter' due to the continue
greed of the club I love, and have supported since 1968, when you could
turn up and pay at the turnstile ... aah the good old days !
Mark (formerly know as Paxton
What the club seem to forget
is that once fans stop coming to football, it is easy for them to stay
The waiting list for tickets,
which is the prime motivation for the price hikes, as they know there
will always be someone to pay what they are asking, means that they will
have to wait for years to get back - even if they can afford it.
And there are other things to do with the
money and other things to do with the time that not going to football
frees up. Everyone talks about kids not playing football like they
did 20 years ago, because of the other distractions that are available
to them. Well, the same will probably apply to adults who stop
going to watch their favourite teams.
And where will the next generation of
fans come from if the current one is disposable ... even if their income
With plans for a bigger ground on hold, I
wonder if this is the means of screwing a few (or a lot of) extra pounds
out of the existing fan base until they can be sure of charging the same
price at an enlarged venue to rake in more profit.
Cynical ? Maybe, but then I have
been exploited for too many years to be anything but cynical.