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Fans fume as Championship away ticket prices are revealed

Fans took to fume on various social media site as the Championship away ticket prices are revealed for the 2021/22 season.

Yes, it’s that time again, the new campaign is just about to get underway, and this time we rejoice knowing that fans are able to get back in those stadiums and support their team again.

However, a long running debate has reignited, leaving many unsatisfied and even turned away from travelling to away matches this weekend with prices no doubt set to remain in place for the rest of the new term – unless a backlash causes them to change.

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Stoke supporters are one of those left in shock and angered as Birmingham City charge £35 for away tickets in the Championship.

The trip to St Andrews on Saturday the 14th of August will be the first time that Potters fans have been allowed in to an opposition ground for a competitive match in 18 months.

They had been allocated 2,000 tickets – but the price is that expensive it’s putting people off – the price is almost double the amount that Cardiff are charging Barnsley supporters for example.

Seniors and those aged between 19 and 25 have tickets costing £30 at Birmingham, while it’s £25 for those aged between 13 and 18 and a as much as £20 for under-13s. Ridiculous right?!

Stoke had been pushing for a £30 cap for away tickets while they were in the Premier League and have offered free coach travel to away league games since 2013. Now that’s caring for your fanbase right there.

Stoke themselves are reportedly charging Reading supporters £25 on the opening day of the 2021/22 campaign.

For a long while now, the Football Supporters Association has been campaigning for a maximum price of £20 for away fans.

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Ant Bunn, who is the editor of Duck magazine, was so disgusted with the price Birmingham were charging that he compared the Birmingham pricing to the cricket at Trent Bridge.

He wrote: “Brum v Stoke, two adults, two kids under 12, 90 minutes entertainment, £110.

“Next day, two matches of The Hundred at Trent Bridge, two adults, two kids under 12, 300 minutes entertainment, £70.

“Eighteen months without matches means routines and even ‘leisure pursuits’ have changed for many. Incomes have changed, times have changed.

“Clubs can no longer just bank on support. Certainly not a certain level of it.

“The pandemic has seen people find other stuff to do, a lot of it free. Of course they need to make money but the playing field has now changed. They need to adapt and stop fleecing fans.”

Here’s a selection of quotes from fans left unhappy by the cost (as picked by Stoke Sentinel)…

Martin Eagles: “They urge fans not to use illegal streams but then price them out of going to the game.”

Will Meight: “Absolutely shocking price. You can go to Premier League away games for cheaper. Where’s the logic?”

Gaz Humphreys: “Was looking forward to it but I’m not paying £85 for me and my two young sons to go. Surprised Brum fans aren’t boycotting at those crazy prices.”

Meanwhile, a few Birmingham fans wrote to Stoke to apologise.

Andrew Purcell: “I’m sorry. Unbelievable the amount away tickets are costing football fans. Trust me, we don’t like this as much as you do. We’ve been charged £33 a ticket for a game on Sky Sports! £20 is plenty.

“Fans need to protest this nonsense. I get it’s been hard for them, but it has us too!”

Ian Danter, the QPR-supporting talkSPORT reporter, said: “Lots of daft prices being quoted for travelling fans in the Championship as I look online (my lot included). #twentyisplenty needs to get trending again and lobby for more sensible pricing across the board.

“Some clubs are doing the right thing I must say, but not enough.”

Away match tickets in first two weekends of Championship (most to least expensive)

Birmingham City v Stoke City – adult away tickets cost £35

Bristol City v Blackpool – £33

Sheffield United v Birmingham City – £33

Hull City v Queens Park Rangers – £33

AFC Bournemouth v West Bromwich Albion – £30

Fulham v Middlesbrough – £30

Coventry City v Nottingham Forest – £30

Middlesbrough v Bristol City – £30

Derby County v Huddersfield Town – £28

Queens Park Rangers v Millwall – £28

Nottingham Forest v AFC Bournemouth – £28

Peterborough United v Derby County – £28

Millwall v Blackburn Rovers – £27

Blackpool v Cardiff City – £27

Luton Town v Peterborough United – £26

Blackburn Rovers v Swansea City – £25

Stoke City v Reading – £25

Preston North End v Hull City – £24

Barnsley v Coventry City – £23

West Bromwich Albion v Luton Town – £23

Reading v Preston North End – £20

Cardiff City v Barnsley – £19

Huddersfield Town v Fulham – TBC

Swansea v Sheffield United – TBC

Some fans fume as the Championship away ticket prices are revealed, check out what else they had to say below…

@Benfthomas_10: I tweeted something similar last week but I never realised how many clubs are actually charging these crazy prices. Staggering.

@owenjoe2: Well done Cardiff. I’m one Barnsley fan benefiting from it 👍

@benclay2020: I completely agree! As a Coventry fan. Charging forest fans 30 quid on a Sunday with a half 4 kick off is expensive! They will say this is what it is for home fans to! Going to be expensive to watch footy unfortunately

@dharvey4: TBF to Cov, £299 for a season ticket and a free home shirt is a good deal. It works out at £16 per game, it’s been designed to reward loyalty I suppose. Our first away game is at Oakwell, Barnsley are charging £23.

@lizburgess83: I quite like Barnsley’s approach to away tickets, they tend to reciprocate prices. If a club charges bfc fans £40, then that’s what they charge or as near as they are allowed if there are restrictions.

@TrevLakin: @BCFC Shocking prices in today’s remit COVID etc. And decent championship supporter should get vocal.. #£20isplenty

@Dendog_UK: £25 isn’t too bad but £30+ is shocking really.

@kevin_clark_451: The prices some clubs charge, including my own are ridiculous, if you have a family going too away game after food drink, tickets, fuel, not much change out of £200 it’s far to expensive, should be max £20, surely better to have a full away end than a couple of hundred.

@SheepridgeLee: £30 to go to that non-league ground at Bournemouth. Absolute jokers. #afcb

@DanielM13278114: Stadium will be empty if they keep putting prices up it should be 20 pounds for adults 5 pounds for kids

@JasonMarsden10: As a blades fan I’m disgusted with our club charging that much £20 is definitely enough

@CruMster666: As always though…. the only way to change it is to stop paying it.

@mooramana: Greed…….

@ZionistVaughn: Totally agree. Fans are being taken for mugs. They should’ve learnt this past year and a bit how much they need us and how crap games are in empty stadiums

@Martyns5: Ridiculous prices @EFL need to act

@stevierobatkins: Let’s get #20ISPLENTY trending

@easty2107: No fans for a year and a half and clubs are still charging shit like this? Awful

@poddy_8: 35 quid @BCFC are charging

@Stewart_Holt: Well done @CardiffCityFC – hopefully the same for all away teams throughout the season

@chazlions: 33 for @QPR is a joke shit ground

@colwrbn: Don’t pay it. Don’t go, boycott.

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