Fuming West Bromwich Albion fans threaten boycott over £56 Manchester City ticket

Furious Albion fans were today threatening to boycott the Easter Monday clash at Manchester City after being asked to stump up £56 for a ticket.

West Brom fans

The eye-watering price for the televised Premier League showdown has sparked anger among Baggies supporters – especially after City recently made a point of complaining about soaring ticket costs.

City fans were up in arms last year when they were charged £62 for a ticket at Arsenal but – despite a vow from Premier League chiefs that costs would come down – many Albion fans were today pondering turning their backs on the match. Supporters vented their anger on Twitter, calling for a boycott after costs rose 25 per cent from last season’s Etihad fixture.

When faced with a price of £62 for the Arsenal game last season, City returned 912 unsold tickets for the match at the Emirates Stadium.

City fans regularly hold up signs during matches which read: “Don’t price us out of our game or lose more fans.”

John Homer, chairman of the official Albion Supporters Club, today said: “It’s shameful. I’m not speaking as a supporters club chairman now, I am speaking as a fan. £56 for the price of admission plus travel costs and perhaps a family member too – and all for a game that is being televised live on TV.

“Fans are furious. I would never actively urge anyone to boycott a game but I think plenty will on this occasion. Maybe Manchester City, one of the wealthiest clubs in the world, need the money.

“This is really too much. Supporters are a vital part of the game and to exploit them like this is shameful.”

Premier League chief Richard Scudamore said: “Absolutely top of our aims and objectives is to keep attendances full.

“The clubs absolutely know where the Premier League stands on this. We want full stadia.”

Are you planning to boycott Albion's away game at the Etihad Stadium on April 21st? Let us know in the comments below

Comments for: "Fuming West Bromwich Albion fans threaten boycott over £56 Manchester City ticket"

do lallytap

Nope, I will still go, I have only missed one match in years.

I just won't buy anything from the stadium, No programme, no drink, no food, nothing....not even from shops around the ground

Jack the Hat

do lallytap,

I see where you get your nom de Guerre from.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

ManInsider

Do lally, well I think you maybe easy to spot this time mate.

We Only Need One Half!

Why you bringing him with you when you meet me Maninsider?

ManInsider

I offered to meet you but you declined, I will not be offering again, end of.

We Only Need One Half!

Shocker. You offered to meet me on a Barge I don't use, whats wrong without side the ground lol.

Like I said, any where but, Maninsider.

ManInsider

sportsman, but its to far for you to walk and your mates are not behind you.

We Only Need One Half!

Well the fact I use a stick yes it is to far to walk, which is why I said outside the ground Einstein, why would I need my mates exactly?

Your welcome to bring as many of yours as you like if it will make you feel better.

We Only Need One Half!

So when you said -

do lallytap

February 14, 2014 6:35 pm

I donate mega bucks to watch the Albion

What you actually meant was you spend less then the majority of Albion fans., I see. I am beginning to the get the hang of your double speak.

Jackett the Hat

Surely it can't be that price for home fans.....no way can that be the cheapest ticket.

kieranthebaggie

I believe it is, lost of them complaining on twitter about it yesterday. Disgusting

baggie-ade

It is £47 adults and £17 in home end at opposite end. View and facilities are at worst identical and possibly better for home fans. Also discounts for 16 & 17 year old and also 18 to 21 year olds that don't apply to away supporters.

All WBA fans should email supporterservices@mcfc.co.uk to ask how prices comply with Rule R12 of Premier League Rules on Ticket Prices. It is on page 176 of this document below.

http://www.premierleague.com/content/dam/premierleague/site-content/News/publications/handbooks/premier-league-handbook-2013-14.pdf

baggie-ade

£17 for kids I meant to say!

Warren

Hi Ade,

I've just fired off a strongly-worded e-mail to them now.

Thankfully I'm on holiday for City, but the under 16's pricing is absolutely abhorrent. I hope you find a way of getting your little'uns to the game for a bit cheaper!

By charging Albion fans more than City, they can hope/expect to make an extra £15,000 in gate receipts. When you consider that barely covers a week's wages for one of their reserve players - and certainly makes little difference in terms of their overall turnover - then it really highlights what an unethical and, frankly, sickening policy this is.

These Sheikh's have brought nothing positive to English football and the sooner they and the likes of Roman disappear, the better as far as I'm concerned!

ManInsider

J-T-H I was going there to meet some Cit friends of mine and even they can`t believe it, they checked it out and its 47 for home fans.

Jackett the Hat

I know it's two leagues apart, but I travelled to Crawley last week. Coach ,match ticket, three pints of local bitter and a Kebab from up the road in Riegate added up to round about £51.

I think your day could possibly be double that. No doubt some of the worlds best players on show, but the cost would still take a bit of that sweetness away, especially when it's on the box.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Supply and demand.

You can pat through the nose to go and watch The Eagles at the NEC or a tenner for Talon the Eagles tribute band at the Robin.

You pays yer money and makes yer choice.

CantelloRocket 78

Bully,

Headline acts always attract much more interest than those way down the bill, which obviously explains why rival fans spend all their time on the Baggies site.......;-)

Jack the Hat

Jackett the Hat,

You were robbed too, just don't know why you let yourself in for it, Divi 3!.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

do lallytap

How much did we charge them when they came here ?

kieranthebaggie

You must be dolallytap ;-)

There's a (now) relatively famous quote from the Bayern chairman about season ticket prices, he stated that charging the fans an extra £200 a year would generate €2mill and for a club like Bayern what's the point in that, it will simply push the fans away.

As fans these are the opportunities we should grasp to make a stand against prices, £56 is 8 hours min wage...tell me how this is still the working mans game. It's completely disgusting, in my opinion anyway

ManInsider

HEAR HEAR Kieran lets show them we will not be taken for mugs and boycott the game.

Robert

A lot of money to watch Albion defeated!

colindbaggie

How much did you pay to wach your defeat at Crawley.

Buckswolf

About the same as we paid to see the 11 away games we've won so far this season - UTW

CantelloRocket 78

Did it cost as much to watch you lose at mighty Morecambe.....? :-)

peter.lineton.9

You could go to 3 Bundesliga games for that price!!!..............but by the same token,in La Liga in Spain,although it is ridiculously cheap to go to most normal games at the Bernabeau and Camp Nou,for the El Classico games,Real Madrid and Barca practically triple the ticket prices....and still sell out

Sir Billy Quiet

Disgraceful - the greed league is alive and well.............

Sir Billy Quiet,

Dead right, at least you can't say Divi 3 is a greed league, only the odd club.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Wednesbury wolves

Agreed there my friend sir bill, wot a day I'm in for, at leyton at lunchtime then travelling up on train to etihad where I have 2 FREE season tickets for game, come on the city, was hoping that's the day we clinch promotion and the steptoes get relegated

CantelloRocket 78

Wednesbury woof-

you have two free season tickets for the game?

How long d'yer plan to sit there watching the match, nine months......???

No wonder other Wolves fans think you're a joke over there........LOL!!!

Wednesbury wolves

Wot u on about, we kick off at lunch time then catch train to Manchester at 3.30 ready for 8pm kick off, how will I be sitting there for 9 months? Explain, while I'm at it we're top of the league we're top of the league we're wolverhampton we're top of the league

CantelloRocket 78

Wednesbury woof-

Ok, I'll type it slowly so you can read it slowly-

you say you're gonna watch A game in Manchester, and in order to watch A game, you've got a season ticket - which lasts for 9 months - to watch A game......

got it yet? sinkin' in, is it?

Not the sharpest tool in the box, are we......??

So what's your other song-

'we're third division,

we're third division,

can you see us on the radio?

can you seeee us on the rayyyy -deee -oooooo......?'

Lol........

Jack the Hat

Wednesbury wolves,

Are you returning ti Dingleton by helicopter.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Wednesbury wolves

Cantello I'm certainly not the brightest tool in the box I agree 100% . Never been to college or university but got a business that does very well, so can't complain, u know wot they say I'd rather be a dingle than a cant-ello

CantelloRocket 78

WW-

'you know what they say?'

That's something you've obviously just made up, so who are they????

You and your 'mates' come over here throwing jibes and talking rubbish, then get offended when people respond-

poor, poor, babbies...........ahhhhhhh........

We Only Need One Half!

Says the guy who's team is using Premier League Parachute money to 'walk' (ahem) the league.

Disgraceful.

ManInsider

I already have boycotted it, I hope many more follow suit, its a blummin disgrace.

ManInsider

Its made even worse by the fact that its 34 quid for kids.

Jack the Hat

E&D,

This is nothing to do with ABANDONING ALBION, why do you put out these stupid comments. Fans who do go to this match only fill the coffers of these grab-all clubs. Why not pay £30 and go to the HAWTHORNS and watch the game on the video screen, I'm sure our boys would understand and they would know our fans would be back home urging the on. The money would then be appreciated by our club. Even if the travel was free again it is still too dear for ninety minutes entertainment. Tell Man City to stuff their £56 tickets.

My opinion; oh! and I haven't voted.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Sir Billy Quiet

I won't be going or watching it on the telly - much better games to watch. How about the Wolves?

The Real Bully Hoo.

I'd gladly pay that much to watch your stand up show if it's all as funny as that

Jack the Hat

Sir Billy Quiet,

I won't be going or watching it on the telly .......

Blimey!, I'm wrong again, I always thought you were a Dingle.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Sir Billy Quiet

I've been boycotting the Baggies for years last I went voluntarily was to watch some paint dry on a fence outside the ground................

Jack the Hat

Sir Billy Quiet,

I guessed you were that stupid.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

CantelloRocket 78

Jack,

as Billy apparently volunteers to watch paint dry outside football grounds, he must obviously like doing that sort of thing - so after trying it briefly at Albion, he then went back full-time to Wolves-

sounds about right to me.........;-)

baggiebornandbred

2000 x 56 = 112,000 basicslly our away support is paying for 4 days wages of yaya toure

56 pounds just for a seat thats all we are paying for a seat no food drink programme transport a seat it will cost us more than 100 that day to go to city, and if staying over maybe 150 to some people thats a weeks pay packet

football is losing total touch with reality speaking about it on another thread a few days ago thats ad is said in abother comment it is not the working mans game anymore

Sir Billy Quiet

Pay £56.00 for a seat and stand up - the mentality of away fans.......

Jack the Hat

Sir Billy Quiet,

Someone traveling to the HAWTHORNS to watch paint dry on a fence is straight-jacket mentality as he is not all the ticket, I'm sure you will agree.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Northern Wolf

Good maths and I can't fault your logic. However, have you thought that 4 days of watching Taya Toure train might be better value that watching Albion away from home? It certainly would have been better than watching Wolves "surviving" for 3 seasons playing absolute filth for £50 plus a game!

baggiebornandbred

Northernwolf,

nice to see some logic from a wolves fan i thought the season you were relegated putting terry connor was the main problem,

i personally feel the forgetable.association have to look at this bayern munich as pointed out in a previous post do not charge any where near premier league price

and to SBQ having been to westfalenstadion (borussia dortmund) in the noisiest ground i have ever been to safe standing makes everything about the game so much better

Stokewolf64

Jack: just spotted you in the crowd on the pic... Just right of centre, about 5 rows down.. Black hat and Gold n Black top.. Has to be you. :o)

UTW

p.s. Outrageous price for a ticket, and hopefully the Baggies Fans will boycott the game.

Jack the Hat

Stokewolf64,

Thanks for thinking I am that short and slim, by the way the shirt is yella.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Stokewolf64

Definitely not yellow Jack. It must be those rose tinted glasses you are wearing these days, distorting things.

Try Specsavers, though not the branch that Chris Foy and Kevin Friend use!!

UTW

ManInsider

That's funny Stokewolf.

KevinD

Alan Sugar stated 20 years ago that in the future the revenue from season tickets would be irrelevant to the fortunes of a club.

in 2014 why don't the clubs charge say £15 / £20 per ticket as most revenue is generated elsewhere, it would be a fantastic gesture to all fans, never an empty seat home or away.

Stokewolf64

Kevin:

That's what they do in the German League... Take a look at this link.

http://www.soccerstats.com/attendance.asp?league=germany

What is really interesting is that out of 18 clubs in the Bundesliga, 12 of them AVERAGE gates above 90% capacity !!

Makes your wonder who's got it right!!

UTW

We Only Need One Half!

That is a very good point Stokey, we are running at 94.5%, so we've obviously got it right,

http://www.soccerstats.com/attendance.asp?league=england

but your Wulfies are only running at 64%, (31,700 cap) mind you if you take into account some joker on Wiki claims your ground holds 36,000, that would make it even lower!

http://stats.football365.co.uk/dom/ENG/D2/attend.html

BayBovvered

Im boycotting, was going with my lad, Not now, £90 forked out before we step foot out of the front door, I dont think so. Shall go and watch Stourbridge or Kidderminster that weekend instead.

disgusting, its about time the working class masses told the rich to get lost and and took the game back.

i will probably get shot down in flames for that remark, but is'nt it time we stopped getting ripped off?

example- wayne rooney earns more in a year than 3000 staff get at new cross hospital in 5 years!!!

boycotts achieve nothing. the only way to force club owners to bring ticket prices down is to follow the german idea, where ticket prices are capped. utw.

Sir Lupi

Totally agree with you mate.

The Premiership is ruining football.

The salaries are an insult to the working man and the owners, whom like the players, are generally from abroad, have no other desire other than to run their exuberant lifestyle using TV money and fans cash.

A surgeon who saves the lives of loved ones might earn £ 150k a year. a nurse £ 30k p/a.

Joey Barton gets £80k a week. Chris Samba £ 100k p/w

Wenger gets £ 7 million a year as did the useless Capello.

And we all know Rooney's £ 320,000k p/w salary increase.

Some people agree with all this, generally the ones with money.

Others are just ignorant to the immorality of greed.

Jack the Hat

Sir Lupi,

What are you suggesting paying to watch surgeons and nurses at work?. Feel free.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

colindbaggie

£56 For £34 for your kid plus travell expence and some food couple of pints it can work out to nearly a weeks wage if on minimun wage.

Will wach it on tv.

do lallytap

The annual wage spent on Anelka would have taken £200 off the price of EVERY season ticket holder a the Albion.

Now, to me THATS a scandal

We Only Need One Half!

No it wouldn't, show us your figures.

Keep spouting lies, now thats a scandal.

The Real Bully Hoo.

You said a few weeks back that you were tired of people banging on about him yet you're the only one that keeps bringing him up. I wonder why? Try more capitals if you don't get enough bites.

CantelloRocket 78

Bully,

actually, the person in question was bangin' on about Anelka first thing yesterday morning, after telling us to forget him the other week, and sarcastically claiming that the rest of us couldn't stop mentioning the player's name - an obvious case of double-standards, which I put to him yesterday-

guess what?

I looked later for a reponse, and found that someone had decided - or 'requested' - to have my post removed-

surely not a case of 'reported abuse'?

I can't imagine anyone would do that, can you......??

ELDERVO

I'm surprised you get any of your usual foul mouthed personal insults past the mods Cant.

If it wasn't for the utter rubbish you generally post, that the paper thinks will get a rise from others, they'd probably all get pulled.

UTW

The Real Bully Hoo.

He obviously doesn't as I've never seen one foul mouthed post from him.

Unless you can produce evidence to the contrary.

We had another one from the lower end of the Mol evolutionary scale on yesterday claiming that part of the Albion ground was in Birmingham. I gave him a website that proved he was either wrong or lying and heard nothing else from him.

So there you go, either put up or shut up.

We Only Need One Half!

CR, you reading this? 80k, three posts on here, and everyone just to have a pop, nothing to do with Football, then he has the brass neck to say YOUR just giving out personal insults lol.

What a utter numpty.

CantelloRocket 78

El Dervo-

so show me these 'personal, foul-mouthed insults' that you wanna tell everybody about???

You'll have to search for a long, long time to try backing up your pathetic fabrications-

maybe I should take a leave out your book, when you described my home town as a 's**thole' on here???-

or the fact that you only want to call me 'cant'?-

and we all know what you REALLY mean, eh???

Pathetic and repulsive words from someone who turned traitor on his original club to support their local rivals......

We Only Need One Half!

You might as well ask this "clever man" to show his evidence for his 80k p.w. claim while you at it, there is no evidence of that, either.

ELDERVO

WONOH, your own fellow baggie D'Tap has already explained about Anelka's 80K wage and I did post a link the last time you asked, from the 'indepenant' stating that Anelka had been fine ONE weeks wages (80k) for his anti-semitic gesture.

We Only Need One Half!

Elderado, first off, Do isn't one of us, and contrary to some thinking just because he decrees his opinion is fact does not make it so, how exactly has he explained it? he has said it, and thats good enough for the gullible, but those of us who can think for our selves know most his post are mere opinion presented as a fact, with absolutely nothing to back them up when challenged.

Secondly, what thread did you put that link on? and why are you ignoring the TWO links, one from this very publication your posting on, saying he is not?

Jack the Hat

do lallytap,

You have omitted the transfer fee. Jeremy said " Higher wages, less on transfer fees ". Those wages are already accounted for, even to the length of every players contract. Some still say Jeremy isn't running the club properly.

Gorra loff ay ya.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

The Real Bully Hoo.

So you do listen, well done on the extra capitals. That should do the trick.

CantelloRocket 78

Bully,

I actually just spit me coffee out loffin'-

'yow jellyfish DIDN'T SEE IT, cos yow aye there...'

No, we missed G-Mac trippin' up Shane Long-

errrrrrrrrr........LOL!!!!!

Chipperfield's Circus is in Town!!! :-)

We Only Need One Half!

So, basically what you are saying Do, and correct me if I am wrong, you have no evidence to support anything what you are claiming, and you should be able to tell porkies without being challenged because you decreed it thus?

Turning into a right little Tin Pot Dic aren't you!

p.s. Five paragraph diatribe and not one substantiated fact amongst any of it, your losing it Pal lol.

The Real Bully Hoo.

PS.

Where do you get that figure from?

JJ

Not really all its cracked up to be is it the premiership?

Sit back and think to yourself why do I really watch this.

Day out with the mates?

Few cheeky beers?

Avoiding shoe shopping with the missus?

The team itself might get close but are you really expecting they are going to be a success and break into the top on a regular basis? No.

So then with all that extra cost is the premiership really worth it?

Kinhell

With all the TV money the Premier League should insist that the prices are very low. Clubs now have the revenue to make the tickets £5 for an adult and £1 for a child.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Best post of the day and best piece of blue sky thinking of the year.

Somebody said a few weeks back that TV companies now regard fans as the extras that create the atmosphere that makes for a better spectacle on TV.

How about the TV companies start paying the extras by subsidising tickets. If it's good enough for the Germans then it's good enough for us, not least because they have a better cost of living than us.

It's still our game and we've let them into it.

We Only Need One Half!

Only problem with that being season tickets would become that cheap people would buy them and not bother attending all the games, so you would end up with even lower attendances than you have now.

Only way it would work would be to scrap all season tickets and sell tickets on a first come first served basis, which would mean gridlocked websites when tickets went on sale, hours on the phone, or having to go into lotteries way in advance of the actual game.

The Real Bully Hoo.

WONOH.

I didn't mean as cheap as Kinhell said but the principle is a good one. The season ticket holders we have now would continue going whatever the price, I wouldn't go to any less matches because it was cheaper and perhaps more people could afford season tickets. We could even get Cyril's dream of a bigger ground because the cost wouldn't keep people away.

We Only Need One Half!

Bully, oh I agree, the principle is a very good one, but with only 1500 empty seats per game average, including away fans, I don't believe you could go much lower than it already is. Yes it would be nice to have bigger capacity, but would that necessarily mean we would fill it, given our catchment area? Also if you lowered the season ticket prices much more I truly believe they would get bought up by people who have no intention of attending every game, look how many Companies have bought boxes, but they do not get used every game. Plus if we go all S.T. it would exclude the casual who wants/can only take his son just for the odd game, thats not good for the game or the club at all.

ELDERVO

Hoo really should have checked with you first Half Pint before he posted it.

Some of the sycophant's getting out of line ??

Hope you told him off for trying to think for himself. Wouldn't want it reflecting badly on you would we now. :-(

UTW

We Only Need One Half!

Alrite Elderado, been keeping your head down since your "clever men who can read" 80k Anelka jibe haven't you. Well, we are still waiting for all this evidence you've got, where is it?

See, not being so clever by your own admission excludes you from the conversation above really doesn't it. Never mind. You just worry about your 12,000 empty seats per game and we will worry about our 1500.

The Real Bully Hoo.

The fact that the so called cartel agree with each other is just another figment of your imagination.

The trouble with fantasists is that when they say a thing enough times they start believing it's true and eventually can't distinguish between truth and fiction. Good example imagining a club struggling its way out of division 3 is on a par with a PL club.

I often have disagreements with WONOH, Rocket, Cyril, Warren and many others on here. The difference is that they're all mature enough to know the difference between different opinions and throwing a strop.

We Only Need One Half!

You hiding again Clever Man ;-)

What a wuss!

We Only Need One Half!

Thing is we average only 1500 empty seats for each game, when you taking into account some of those games are against Fulham, Palace etc, how many of those 1500 empty seats are not taken up by the away fans?

Jack the Hat

One Half,

Jeremy keeps tabs on our crowd figures so as not to end up with a monstrosity of a white elephant we can't fill and has some seats with no match view. That eradicates cheap seats which collapse when sat on as better quality can be provided when we extend.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

CantelloRocket 78

Whether it's football, or any other area of life, you can guarantee - throughout history - that power and money will attract either corruption, and/or greed-

as a music fan, who's into blues and blues-rock, one of my heroes was Eric Clapton, a man who claims to worship the poverty-stricken Blues legends of the 1930s - yet over 20 years ago my Wife treated me to a Birthday present of seeing 'Slowhand' at the NEC, and she paid around 110 quid for two tickets, at a time Clapton was mixing with celebrities and wearing very expensive Armani suits - a couple of years earlier I'd watched a blistering 3 hour set in Dale End from Rory Gallagher, he was wearing a lumberjack shirt, faded jeans, and playing a battered old Strat, the ticket cost me less than 20 quid, but the gig was absolutely mind-blowin'.

As for football, Man.City have a Billionaire owner, and probably have players on the bench being paid up to 200k a week to sit in a seat and watch the same game as working class fans coughing up 60 quid next to them.

Life never was completely fair, but it's always stank badly in many places........

CantelloRocket 78

Maybe it's the time of year, what with it being the start of Spring-

during the Winter, everything seemed dead, nothing in sight, and now look what's suddenly happened-

crocus, daffodils, Wolves fans, all suddenly appear from nowhere.

I guess all you need is a little sunshine, a sprinkling of water, and a good dollop of horse manure, then everything just 'pops' up...........

Cyril

Spring has sprung and I've just wet my plants !

Cyril

Two things crossed my mind on this one. Do Man.City WANT any Albion fans there?

Makes it easy for them as our team hears nothing in support and we are only a blot on the landscape to them.

Then think like a bloke who has a £Trillion. £56 to him ? He wouldn't bend down to pick it up if he found it.

We all know that gate money is of no consequence any more and the FA COULD address that with consummate ease. But they won't. Years ago, admission cost was fixed. Why not now?

If admission costs were lowered, the grounds would still be full and then the pubs could have a licence to show games, helping the pubs to survive also.

You and I think like this because we possess a modicum of generosity of spirit, but billionaires got where they are by not thinking like that. Hey Ho !

ManInsider

Cyril, 72,000 man united fans didn`t put City off last night at o/t so I don't think 1700 Albion fans will make much difference.

simmo54

£56 for a ticket to a football match? .... why, that's equivalent to the total value of the whole Wulfies squad - no wonder they are coming on here to post.

simmo54

If Baggie fans do decide to boycott the match on principle I wouldn't blame them ... aferall the Dingles have boycotted watching football all of their lives :-)

Fair play to the die hards like do dally,

We Only Need One Half!

Yeah, he;s that much of die hard Simmo ask him why he always sulks and disappears from these boards when we win?

Wake up man.

ELDERVO

He doesn't disappear very often then

UTW

We Only Need One Half!

Oh, oh, oh, my your on form today 80k, you hate the Albion, but you love our subsidies that allow you to bully your way out the 3rd division, don't you?

Statos Boring Brother

As silly as this seems, some of this could be down to the financial fair play rules. Clubs have to get a certain percentage of their income/wage bill from gate money so if there is a foreign owner chucking in loads of cash, ticket prices have to go up to maintain the fair play percentage and the fans get screwed.

Its really hard on the fans who go to every game and have done for years. At least the Baggies fans only have to face it once a season, how about the City fans paying week in week out? I bet some of them are wishing they were a "normal" club again.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Great post as usual Stato.

We Only Need One Half!

Can some one explain this to me.

"Arsenal have succeeded in ensuring that neither Kieran Gibbs nor Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be suspended following Saturday's red-card blunder at Chelsea."

"The Football Association transferred the red card to Oxlade-Chamberlain, but the Gunners successfully argued he had not stopped a goalscoring chance given Hazard's shot was going wide."

Does that mean Marriner got it wrong twice in one incident?

and if it was not a red but a yellow, why have the F.A. transferred the red to Oxlade-Chamberlain?

The Real Bully Hoo.

I think it comes down to the FA making up the rules as they go along. Never expected that did we?

We Only Need One Half!

Yep, its a real shocker.

Mboy

The FA have got this one ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!!!

Marriner did in fact make TWO mistakes - one was that it wasn't a red card offence and secondly, mistaken identity. The FA have come to the correct decision, so I think it is harsh giving them "cheap shots" over this incident.

We Only Need One Half!

Mboy, how can the F.A. have gotten it right? you've agreed with me he got two decisions wrong in one incident, and yet the F.A. is still allowing him to officiate this weekend, and if it wasn't a red card, like you say, why have the F.A. transferred it to Oxlade Chamberlain, so how can they be absolutely right? Your contradicting yourself there mate.

Mboy

WONOH - if I said that "grass is green" you would disagree with me. I will attempt to explain the situation.

Marriner sent off the wrong player for handball. This is easily rectified by the FA by recinding the red card for Gibbs and issuing it to Oxlade Chamberlain. (Gibbs now in the clear).

Arsenal then appealed against the red card that is now Oxlade Chamberlain's, on the basis that it wasn't a red card offence as a goal scoring opportunity was not denied as the ball was going wide. The FA have agreed the appeal and so Oxlade Chamberlain's red card has been recinded.

I think that we can both agree, however, that Marriner's mistakes on Saturday were not as bad as the one he made in our game at Stamford Bridge, but Marriner seems to have been castigated by all and sundry in the Press over this one rather than ours. I would agree that he shouldn't officiate in the PL again, but I believe that it is not the FA that makes the decision on that.

We Only Need One Half!

Mboy, its true in the past I would have argued with you over the colour of grass, because I didn't 'get you' thats not the case any more, I thought you may have realised that.

I cant understand why they would transfer a red card that never was? if it wasn't a red card, how can it be transferred?

I was under the impression all refs, at any level, had to be ratified and accepted by the F.A.? although I am not 100% on that.

Mboy

I think that comes down to the order that the FA dealt with Marriner's TWO mistakes.

Think we agree about the refs - apparently another shocking decision last night for Hull - but they shouldn't be complaining as that evens up what happened against us. The problem for us is that "our" disgraceful decisions have no chance of evening up this season, unless we get two shockers a game!!!

The Real Bully Hoo.

Mboy.

Perhaps as the governing body in football the FA might consider looking at the diabolical standard of refereeing standards in this country because the PL ones are supposedly the best.

Perhaps they could look at the fact we all know that these 'elite' referees consistently give decisions for big clubs.

Perhaps they could push for more use of technology.

Perhaps they could have another look at the fact that a yellow card especially when it's a second one can't be appealed against, even when the TV evidence proves it to be totally wrong.

These are just a few things that are wrong I'm sure others could suggest more. Why don't the FA do something for a change and at least speak up and admit there's a problem and perhaps launch an enquiry into how it could be improved instead of sitting on their hands.

Jack the Hat

Bully,

You are talking my language, a major controversial point and camera technology would have sorted it out to the right conclusion in seconds. Fairness in Football is the way forward. Instead, the game has to put up with a total buffoon of a referee who hasn't a clue what he is supposed to do.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Mboy

TRBH - I don't necessarily disagree with any of your points here. However, the vast majority of games of football pass without incident. When these "talking points" occur, it keeps the game in the public eye.

The problem this season is that, unfortunately, there have been numerous mistakes by referees against us and I can't remember any going for us. We got a few decisions last season (Swansea at home immediately springs to mind - but there were others) and I guess that if we go down, we'll get some decisions next season as we would be considered a "big" Club in the Championship (although JP wouldn't agree!!)

capehill

Cyrille understand where you're coming from. , but £56 x say 55000, adds up , so I see where city are coming from. then look at ALbion , some games are a 10 quid for nippers and 15 for adults, my point is I don't understand the price of tickets, but I do a pie, a pint, a litre of fuel, and a programme. Its just all S.....te

SS

Until fans stop paying these ridiculous prices then the clubs will keep putting the cost of tickets up. If someone is prepared to pay £56 pound for an away night game that is live on TV then good luck to them. Personally I will not pay that price; I wonder what price Arsenal will be charging, as it was £25.50 last season.

Clubs make enough money as it is from TV and marketing, the fan is just being fleeced. Every club should live within its means, paying huge wages that can't be afforded unless the fans pay hiked up ticket prices is not on. The maximum ticket price for the Premier League should be no more than £30.

Also if a club enters administration during a season that club should automatically be relegated, spending money you can not afford or pay back is cheating. Relegate clubs and I bet it would soon stop clubs from spending what they don't have.

The Real Bully Hoo.

SS.

Good point somebody made earlier though. Newly rich clubs like City don't need the away supporter's money and if a lack of away support means they win more games then it's a good way of making that happen.

It's about time that the inept FA tried to use some of the power wield have to help the life blood of football (the working class fan.) instead of wasting all of our money building ivory towers.

No good expecting any help from the very efficient PL bosses who are only interested in using their expertise in the direction of milking our great game for all it's worth. To them the fans are a necessary nuisance, they are the noisy, smelly cast on the terraces and if they could they would replace us with karaoke machines.

ELDERVO

Good post Hoo, totally agree with you for once.

CantelloRocket 78

Well all we seem to hear is bad news after bad news, so trying to be a bit positive - it looks like the injury 'crisis' is easing slightly, with G-Mac expected to be fit for the weekend, and both Amalfitano and Lugano back in training, with Jonas Olsson due to return after the next game-

let's try focusing our attention on lifting up the spirits, and building some positive vibes for the Cardiff game, eh?

COYB!!!!!!

The Real Bully Hoo.

Rocket.

Good post (as is the one below, if it's still there)

I said to Max yesterday (at great risk of getting my ears singed off) that the team that turned out at Hull was missing what could be regarded as 6 players that would be nailed on to play if fit as well as a couple of second stringers. Not many teams could do that and still go out and perform, and even then it took THAT decision for them to score the first goal and the second was very likely a result of the first. Then another terrible decision to not award a penalty cost us any chance of a fightback.

You and I are not idiots gazing through our rose tinted glasses as some on here would like to believe but the club is not dead and buried yet. It's a very funny season, look at Swansea last night. There are lots of twists and turns to come and it may not end well for us but the least we can do is get behind the team, where there's life there's hope.

WALL HEATH BAGGIE

No ear bashing marmate , see below . Keep well and god bless.

CantelloRocket 78

Bully,

Morning mate,

By the way, my reference to Eric Clapton wasn't to say I dislike him, I'm still a big fan, and he's a brilliant musician, who's returned in recent years to his deep love of the blues-

the point I was making was how the lure of mountains of cash can often turn people's heads and lead them astray from their core beliefs-

I still can't get to grips with the time Cliff Richard spoke in public about his commitment to Christianity, whilst being chauffeur-driven around in a gleaming Rolls Royce.......:-)

CantelloRocket 78

Personally, I think you should be able to watch regular premiership matches for less than 20 quid a game-

better still, how about 18 quid a game?

Ermmm.........isn't that roughly what a season ticket for the BRE could work out at?

Somebody must be responsible for this!!!.............;-)

WALL HEATH BAGGIE

Well its a fine line between Loyalty and stupidity , £ 56 sheets to watch a game thats on the tv and that we have no chance of winning , you pays ya money ya take ya chances .

Funny how supporters bang on about the greed of the Prem when their Club gets relegated , the Dings did it a couple of year ago and our lot have already started in preparation for the inevitable , sad doh cover it .

Bully

In answer to your reply from previous a thread , i take on board your comments about injuries but even with them we have been very poor this season in the main.

Morrison got it right with his ' Soap Opera ' comment and when stuff like that happens the outcome virtually every time is relegation .

CantelloRocket 78

Mornin' Max,

sometimes, when someone's shoutin' their head off, they can't see past their top lip-

like you say, paying 56 quid to watch a game that's live on telly - away to a billion quid side that took Man.U. apart last night at Old Trafford - could indeed be seen by many as stupid-

how about if Baggies fans DID all boycott the game, and publicise their 'protest' in some way - maybe outside the ground when informing live TV companies what they're doing, or just making it know to the media in other ways?

One small action could set off a chain of events that might ultimately force changes in the premiership and football league, that could benefit many clubs, including the Baggies-

they say if you keep doin' what you've always done, you'll keep gettin' what you always get-

if you willing keep handing over obscene amounts of money, you'll keep gettin' branded as a sucker..........

We Only Need One Half!

Max, its also interesting that these Wulfies who profess to detest the 'Greed League' have had their team subsidised, last season, this season, and they will be again next season, from the money us 'Greed League' teams generate and donate via the Parachute Payments.

Yet I have not heard one wulfie say they should not be taking it. Hypocritical if you ask me.

WALL HEATH BAGGIE

According to reports on this site George Thorne's long term future is in doubt due to his loan at Derby not working out . Could this be the same George Thorne that signed a THREE year contract at the Albion a month and half ago ? .

Answers on a postcard y'all .

The Real Bully Hoo.

Morning Max and Rocket. Hope you and yours are all well.

I'm replying to a few posts on this one.

Rocket.

I'm not sure why you thought I was saying you didn't like EC. I haven't commented on it. Anyway, I don't begrudge rock stars their money, the older ones did their apprenticeship lugging their own gear up and down the motorways in clapped out old vans and for every one that made it big a thousand fell by the wayside.

Max.

I wasn't saying we were great just suggesting that perhaps "dire" was a bit unfair. I agree that this season has developed a life of it's own and perhaps we ought to ask Barry Fry to come and pee in the four corners of our ground.

On George Thorne, it's the old cleft stick for the club isn't it. The management are shouted at by fans to get young stars like George and Saido tied down on big contracts and the kids then become complacent. Hopefully this will be a kick in the pants to young Thorne.

Both.

My first thought on the tickets was yes, I hope our fans boycott the game. But as I put in an earlier post. Somebody on here (sorry can't remember who it was) anyway somebody a bit cleverer than me pointed out that this action would help City and disadvantage our players due to a lack of support. As City don't need the money it's no skin off their nose.

What's the answer to this growing problem? Who knows but I don't think we should hold our breath waiting for the people that run football to come up with one as they sit stuffing their caviar sandwiches.

CantelloRocket 78

Bully,

I just thought you were a big fan of EC, and didn't want you to think I'd only singled him out for personal criticism, so I added the extra post just in case-

by the way, my 'other' form of communication is still causing me grief, I need to understand how to work 21st Century technology or it's back to pigeon post...;-)

CantelloRocket 78

Max,

from what I can make out, Derby have been playing well, and John Eustace has been keeping George Thorne out the side, but he finally made his debut last weekend, and they beat Forest 5-0, it seems he did well in that game.

Sandy Sadler

If you do not want to spend that much on a game. Come down and watch the Super Sadlers. Football played, in a proper football league. Not fantasy league. For £56, you could watch 3 games. You are all welcome. The beer is cheap 2

WALL HEATH BAGGIE

Funny how fans from lower league clubs talk about ' Proper football league's ' when there club a'int got a chance of ever getting anywhere near the Prem .

The beer will need to be cheap pal cos you will need to be half cut to watch that rubbish .

ManInsider

WHB, in recent post you have thought the same about us.

Sandy Sadler

At least the tickets are not £56, at away grounds. Still only 90 mins football, whatever league it is. I don,t think you have seen much football, at the Albion this season, from the comments at work. By the Albion stay in pub and watch supporters.