Welcome To The Cheap Seats, Apparently

Hold the front back page! Everything you understood about the cost of watching Premier League football was wrong! It must be! Richard Scudamore said so! Well, not quite. The chief executive of the Premier League, who has been mercifully quiet since he proposed the Premier League’s version of colonisation – Game 39 – last year, was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 earlier this week and, in the course of his interview, he made a rather rash claim. When questioned by the BBC’s Mark Saggers on the subject of the recession and the price of Premier League match tickets, Scudamore went straight for the heart-strings, claiming that Premier League clubs are struggling too, and that ‘They are charging for adults and children for matches (at Bolton) less than it is costing to go to FC United in the non-league’. “Is this right?”, the listening audience might have thought, “is the Premier League really cheaper than ‘the non-league’?”. The answer, of course, is “no”. Here’s a list of 2008/09 ticket prices at The Reebok Stadium. Category A, B and C, for the uninitiated, refer to categories of matches that Bolton offer tickets for. As you can see, the cheapest single ticket on sale at Bolton for an ordinary league match is £27 for a Category A match, and £20 for a Category C match. The childrens season tickets are certainly cheap...

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