Danny Hall’s normally thought-provoking, but well-balanced pieces in The Star are usually well received.
But his “Sheffield Wednesday fans deserve price-hike justification” (16th July) rests far too much on the dubious court of social media and a hardly scientific snap online Star poll. A few facts might not be amiss.
First, the overwhelming majority of attendees at Hillsborough will have season tickets.
Although these are dearer than last year, they hardly match the ‘price hike’ headline bracket, particularly as many have taken advantage of the early bird offer.
In short, the vast majority of actual fans will be paying a reasonable amount to watch Wednesday next season.
Second, the Owls owners have introduced a more extensive category system. At the moment we have no idea if most matches will fall into the higher price categories. The lower bands are certainly not extortionate.
Let’s see how this pans out before jumping the gun.
The price hike story is largely based on the so-called social media.
This artificial storm is probably down to a handful of anonymous keyboard warriors.
For all we know, it could be the same people clicking the mouse scores of times. Who knows?
Over the past few days I’ve spoken to couple of dozen real-life Owls fans, people who go to games. Most had season tickets and thought they’d got a fair deal, especially if they had kids and had bought early.
They were pleased with what they’d paid and were positive about Wednesday’s new owner.
The others were like me, pay on the day.
I’m obviously not knocked out by the increases in prices, but we’ll simply go to less games or go to cheaper ones.
Most of us cut our cloth to suit our pocket.
It doesn’t seem complicated.
n Sheffield Wednesday is full of woe.
They’ve gone and increased prices to match the Premier League.
Perhaps if they reduced the wage bill you could understand, but to test the spectators’ pockets in order to line theirs it’s not on, so come on Wednesday, play the game.