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Out of Order Wanderers!

As attendances across the country drop and supporters find better things to do with their Saturday afternoon, Bolton Wanderers have today shown just what they think of the average fan.

In the wake of another poor crowd at the Reebok, assisted in part by a boycott over ticket prices by City supporters, Bolton communications manager Danny Reuben has today come out fighting.

Speaking to the Bolton News Reuben delivered the following drivel.

'City were offered 2,800 tickets but only decided to take 1,800 which, because of our policy over segregation had to be in the upper tier of the South Stand.

'Had they taken the extra 1,000, they would have been in the lower tier and would have only cost 28, which would have been more or less on a par with what City charged our supporters at Eastlands last month.

'But the tickets they had were still cheaper than last year - 3 cheaper - because we lowered the category of the fixture.'

A couple of facts for Mr. Reubin.

City took the smaller allocation because they were aware that supporters intended to boycott this fixture over prices and did not wish to be left with unsold tickets on their hands for which they may have become liable for costs.

City also have a standard charging pricing for the South Stand and hence the visitors section. For the Bolton game it was 27 in both the upper and lower tiers. Taking Mr.Reubin's argument to its logical conclusion, Bolton fans in the upper tier were paying vastly reduced prices as opposed to City fans in the upper tier of Bolton's South Stand paying significantly more. Like for like comparisons are so much fairer.

By simply observing the events of six days earlier Mr.Reubin may indeed have seen the difference fair pricing has on visiting support. 6,200 supporters travelled with City to Sheffield last Sunday at a price of 19 per ticket, 6,000 Wednesday fans are expected in Manchester for the replay at a price of 15 per ticket. Do you notice the significant factor Mr.Reubin? Or are you unable to comprehend that number of away followers due to the club you represent?

Although Bolton are not the only culprits, read Wigan and Blackburn this season, they are the first to my knowledge that has seen the manager slag off their own support.

Whilst Mr.Reubin levels his criticisms at City, Fat Sam decided in the same article to lay into his own supporters.

'There were empty seats in the home end, never mind the away end,' Allardyce told the Bolton News.

'They'll all go out and have a moan again about how much it is, but it's no dearer here than anywhere else.'

Coming from a man who has been under pressure from allegations of taking bungs this quote is priceless. It show's the mans complete disregard for supporters as a whole and Bolton's support in particular.

Bolton's attitude stinks. They are not the only club attempting to rip off football supporters and they are not the only club seeing the results.

The empty seats tell a tale, the supporters have had enough. Sensible pricing is what is needed; the Sky income more than supplements that.




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Writer: Andy Leggott Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 15 2007

Time: 1:50PM

Your Comments

Andy, top article. 100% in agreement. I think there will be a few chickens coming home to roost in the next year or two across the Premiership. Sod 'em. Sick of overpaid prima-donnas anyway. Lower league footie is where its at for me.
cropped
Yawn. The rules are there. Psycho has slagged off the City support plenty of times himself. Big Sam has come out on numerous occasions to say that ticket prices are too high. He's defended the fans a number of times. Take your blinkers off. City have a huge %age decrease in attendances. Even at their height, Bolton's average gate was never more than the late 20ks. Bolton's season tickets are among some of the cheapest in the country. An adult can see some games for 19. This article is fairly hypocritical, don't you think? Mean spirited article from a small minded club.
Geruish
Bolton are scum, pure and simple. I'm a Gooner that travels to every away game and we get stung big time because of the category thing. We had to pay 39 for Bolton away. Teams charge us more on the basis that its a category a fixture, so we have to pay extra becasue we are more prestigious club. Just becasue Arsenal is a financially blessed club, it doesn't mean our supporters are. The fact is if you go to Bolton Wanderers and expect anything approaching integrity, you are always going to be disappointed. Notice their mascot as well who stalks the touchline, screaming at the linesman and opposition players whenever he gets the chance, scum.
Little Dutch
Geurish ...... and the justification for overcharging visiting support is? The article said Bolton weren't the only offenders and I stick by that. In response however at least Wigan had the good grace to apologise for their attempt to screw City over not blame them as your club has attempted. Pricing as a whole is unsatisfactory, especially for visiting supporters. City do have a decrease in support which I have written about a number of times, again citing cost, performance and stewarding. As for small minded, get yourself over to the article on the Bolton news. Most fans are pretty *****ed with Fat Sam and the club for the treatment they receive.
mcfcandy
Guerish, you must admit that something is badly wrong when a team's supporters say enough is enough. It's happening across the whole Premier League outside the top two's mini-league. English football and it's traditions are on the slide. Murdoch couldn't care less if the grounds end up half empty. Never mind Kerry Packer's Cricket Circus, we're heading for the Rupert Murdoch football version. We need more honesty out there from the clubs and the episode at the Reebok last weekend is a classic example of where it's all heading. Anyway, I must have missed something. When did Psycho slag off MCFC's supporters?
Johnny Baguette
Outside the top two? Chelsea NEVER sell out home games. They hand out pamphlets at London train stations and advertise tickets on the radio and in the Evening Standard. Liverpool, United and Arsenal always sell out, that's true, but Chelsea's support is pathetic- home and away.
Little Dutch
since when have clubs given a s**t about supporters they just take take take.
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