Sunderland fanzine editor Martyn McFadden warns of boycott

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Sunderland fanzine editor Martyn McFadden has warned that English football will face a boycott from fans if it does not tackle rising ticket prices.

This came after the BBC’s “Price of Football” study revealed that the average price of the cheapest match day ticket has risen by 13% since 2011. 

McFadden said: “You can quite easily spend £500 to travel to London and watch Sunderland get beat 5-0.

“If they (football clubs) keep on down this track, people will just reject it and stop going to the games.

“Hopefully it will be like in Germany where the fans will actually get off their a***s and protest about it.”

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Greedy world

George Forster, from the Sunderland Supporters Association, said “it’s got to be reciprocal” when talking about last season's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Old Trafford.

Manchester United fans were only charged £20 a ticket for the first leg at the Stadium of Light, whereas the Sunderland fans were charged £45 a ticket for the second leg at Old Trafford.

“Unfortunately we live in such a greedy world. I don’t think it was fair the way they got it cheap and our supporters didn’t” Mr Forster went on to add."

An independent survey showed that 84% of fans believe that ticket prices are too high. Common responses included “the price of transport adds to cost” and “most fans spend a lot of time earning and it is spent all at once on one football match.”


The survey also revealed that the majority of fans would spend the money as they are too loyal to their clubs.

Sunderland, however, do try throughout the season to give away offers such as discounted prices for season ticket holders.

A spokesman from the Sunderland AFC Press Office said: “Season card holders can buy up to two additional tickets for £10 each for the Chelsea and Aston Villa home games.”

Right direction

Despite the increase in price throughout the Football League, Sunderland lowered their season ticket prices last year. With their most expensive ticket at £525, they are placed seventh on the list of cheapest season tickets in the Premier League.

The average price of the cheapest match-day ticket from the Premier League to League Two is now £21.49.

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