Search

All Guns Blazing: It’s time for Arsenal and football to unite against ticket prices

11:26 11 February 2016

Liverpool fans display signs protesting ticket prices in the stands at Arsenal before kick-off. Picture: Nick Potts

Liverpool fans display signs protesting ticket prices in the stands at Arsenal before kick-off. Picture: Nick Potts

PA Wire

In our weekly Arsenal fan column, Layth Yousif celebrates a small victory against the club’s penny pinchers, but says there’s a long battle ahead.

February’s been a strange month to be an Arsenal fan. How so? Well for a start we’ve seen two victories.

I know we’ve only won once, drawing against Southampton and beating Bournemouth. I was present at both. What I’m referring to is a victory that occurred after the frustrating stalemate against the Saints but before our important triumph over the Cherries.

As a season ticket holder of more than 30 years, correspondence from the club dropped into my inbox on Thursday morning. It wasn’t good news.

It spoke about ‘the value of credit proportion unused’ before I noticed a figure in bold of £16.11. I thought it was a refund until I realised the club were asking me to pay it – to ensure I was allowed to watch the Barcelona home game.

I used to work in investment banking, as well as being an MBA who is familiar with the Holt-Winters Regression Forecasting Model – but I still didn’t understand their calculations for asking me to cough up more money on top of the grand I had already paid out.

It was instructive that my initial thought was: ‘Oh, thank God, it’s only 16 quid’. The implication: I expect to get fleeced by the club I love and have spent so much time and money supporting through thick and thin.

I then started to get furious calls from old friends who are also season ticket holders. To a man they were livid at the prospect of being milked for more money.

They were so angry they copied me in on letters they’d written to Arsenal and to national newspapers. None of them write for a living. They’re working-class London cabbies, delivery drivers and mechanics fearful of being priced out of the game they love.

Then it struck me. If people like that were writing angry letters about being ripped off by a club that is about to receive more money in a new television deal than some countries produce in annual GDP, then surely we’ve reached a tipping point.

The fact this crass, money-grabbing act was rescinded 24 hours later shows how wrong the club were. The walk-out by Liverpool fans at Anfield also shows it’s not just Arsenal fans who have had a raw deal.

It has to be time for supporters everywhere to rise up and show that football without fans is nothing. For the sake of the game we care passionately about. And our wallets.

Follow me @laythy29

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Islington Sports News

Yesterday, 13:03

With the Gunners’ previous league win against Chelsea coming nearly five years earlier, the omens did not look good ahead of Saturday’s London derby.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Middlesex hat-trick hero Toby Roland-Jones says the squad were always confident in their ability to become county champions this year.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Middlesex dethroned Yorkshire in a thrilling finish at Lord’s to win their first County Championship title since 1993.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Islington middleweight John Ryder believes a strong performance against Jack Arnfield this weekend could yet earn him a third shot at the British title.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Following their encouraging 4-1 victory at Hull, which prompted Betway to lengthen Arsenal’s price to win the league title to 14/1, the Gunners and Chelsea go head to head on Saturday evening in what promises to be another fast and furious contest.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Tim Bresnan’s unbeaten century kept Yorkshire on course for a hat-trick of County Championship titles – and all but ended Middlesex’s hopes of snatching their crown.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

As the dual meaning of the club’s name would suggest, Soccerscool FC is based around twin objectives – developing football skills and having fun.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Islington BC’s Borys Feldman maintained his useful habit of edging close contests to seal a place in the London Development Championship semi-finals.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

As we grow older it becomes more and more important to have means to travel about safely and quickly. Our friendship groups and families grow and the need to have a car that is not only safe but also fast and big enough for all our needs is ever more important. There are many cars on the market for such needs but none deals with them as efficiently or as neatly as a VW Golf Estate. These cars are build strong, long lasting and spacious for a reason. They cater to the needs of many and are some of the most popular cars currently on the market.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now