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Withdrawing money where mouths are?

Submitted by on March 11, 2010 – 10:22 amNo Comment

According to a survey by Virgin Money, over half of United season ticket holders are prepared to jack it in next season.

The green and gold Love United Hate Glazer spectacle at last night’s game against Milan was an impressive sight, but what use is rhetoric if you’re still stumping up £50 for the privilege of singing about how much you hate the owners you’re paying to keep?

Hopefully those still attending Old Trafford will follow through their threats by withholding their funds until the deformed horrors vacate our football club.

MUST have stopped short of calling for a boycott so far, but maybe these figures may help them forget chasing internet members, blowing up balloons and sending emails in favour of real tangible action. As that shite dance combo, who flirted with fame several years ago before being whored out to Sky as the theme for their football coverage, said: The Time is Now.

From the Guardian (as per usual and that):

Up to one in four season ticket holders of Premier League clubs are considering not renewing for next season in a bid to cut costs, according to a survey published today.
The Virgin Money’s authoritative Football Fans’ Inflation Index shows 25% of season ticket holders are thinking of giving up at the end of the season with 4% planning on no longer going to any games while 21% intend to buy tickets when it suits them.
Manchester United face the biggest potential exodus of season ticket holders with 15% giving up going to games entirely while another 44% will only buy tickets when it suits them. United, currently facing supporters-led green-and-gold protests against the Glazer family, who own the club, could see up to 59% of fans cancelling season tickets with Wolves the next most at risk in the Premier League with 54% of supporters considering giving up for next season.
The backlash against season tickets comes despite Virgin’s index showing that the cost of attending games has fallen by 6.8% in the past year. Lower ticket prices and reduced costs for replica kit means the match-day cost has fallen to £89.09 compared with £95.60 in January 2009.
That is still 14.29% higher than the match-day cost when the index was launched in January 2006 but is substantially lower than the all-time high of £106.21 in October 2008. Average match tickets across all leagues peaked at £27.38 in July 2009 but have now fallen to an average of £22.59.
The research among more than 3,896 fans representing all 92 clubs in the Football League shows fans of Liverpool and Stoke City are the least likely to give up their season tickets next year with just 9% of supporters considering cutbacks.
“The drop in costs is welcome but season tickets are still priced astronomically compared with other major European leagues such as Spain, Italy and Germany,” said Malcolm Clarke, chairman of the Football Supporters’ Federation. “At many clubs there’s little or no recognition of loyalty in the prices charged compared with buying match by match. Prices for essentials like food, rent, transport and petrol are going up and football fans like everybody else are struggling with frozen or declining pay and unemployment. Clubs need to bear this in mind when setting next season’s prices.
“Shamefully, Manchester United was the only Premier League club that put up their prices for the current season. Every other club froze or reduced them. Huge numbers of United fans are in open revolt against the Glazer family’s huge cash drain on the club. They’re paying the price for the leveraged buyout in 2005 that has loaded a massive £700m debt on to United’s books. The Glazer regime has put up ticket prices by half in less than five years. No wonder almost six out of 10 Old Trafford season ticket holders are thinking of not renewing.”

Percentage of Premier League club supporters considering cancelling their season tickets next season
Manchester United 59%
Wolves 54%
Burnley 31%
Fulham 29%
Everton 28%
Blackburn 28%
Portsmouth 28%
West Ham 27%
Aston Villa 24%
Sunderland 23%
Wigan 21%
Tottenham 19%
Manchester City 18%
Birmingham 17%
Chelsea 17%
Hull 17%
Arsenal 14%
Bolton 13%
Liverpool 9%
Stoke City 9%

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