The Cost Of Living


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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2 Responses

  1. Michael Oliver says:

    It’s always important to see football put into its social context, and your article reminds us that it is a ‘leisure activity’. It isn’t cheap when you consider the cost of other forms of entertainment, such as going to the cinema.

    Those attendance figures from the 1980s graphically illustrate how the game reached its nadir during that period. We may grumble about the cost of watching matches today, but some may consider that a fair price to pay so that stadiums are family friendly and safe places to be. As long as they don’t mind being referred to as ‘customers’ rather than ‘fans’!

  2. Brenton says:

    Over at MyFC we had a debate and subsequent vote about setting season ticket prices. There seemed to be a general consensus among Ebbsfleet locals that the cost of football wasn’t that much of an issue, that fans would pay to see their club even if prices did increase slightly. There was a small group within MyFC that wanted to drastically reduce ticket prices, but when it came to the vote the options given were hardly revolutionary:
    1) 10% reduction
    2) 5% reduction
    3) same
    4) 5% increase
    5) 10% increase
    In the end we voted to keep the price the same, with nearly half the voters picking that option, though more than a quarter chose 5% increase.

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