The real, scaremongering-less price of football

As the price of football continues to soar for fans around the world, yet again we’re hit with the harsh reality that modern football is…well, out of touch with said reality. What should be of more concern, however, is the plunging standard in mental arithmetic.

The real, scaremongering-less price of football

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January 9th, 2013

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A slow uptake for tickets costing £62 each has caused Man City to send back a third of its allocated seats for City’s trip to the capital this Sunday to face Arsenal. The general secretary for MCSC told the Guardian yesterday:

“If City supporters are travelling on a supporters’ club coach it will cost £30 per person. That’s £92 before they have even done anything; add in a programme, food, drink and you are looking at £125-£130 per person.”

We know the prices in London are a bit steep – you haven’t been able to get a pint and ten fags for under a fiver as long as there’s been a 2 at the start of the year – but clearly there is some cause for concern in the above guesswork. We now ask you ahead of time to forgive the following pedantry.

Taking the bare minimum of Mr Secretary’s estimate of £125 and subtracting the cost of a ticket plus the coach to get there and back again will leave you with thirty-three pounds. Because we’re feeling generous, we’ll add another three quid on; call it an online booking fee. With the thirty pounds remaining from that quote we’re going to really splash out on a programme, a pie and a cup of tea as specified in the quote. According to the BBC’s Price of Football Survey conducted in October of last year, one each of these three items purchased at the Emirates stadium will total…£8.30, leaving us with a whole £21.70 to spare: spookily just over a third of what the match ticket costs to match the unsold ticket allocation. This doesn’t even cover the £3 freebie or the rest of the upper estimate.

We hate pedantry. Really we do. But Mr Secretary’s comments will only serve to scare City fans into staying away – or to start supporting Wigan instead – if they’re allowed to go unchecked.

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