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  • Comparing NCFC's prices with the elite clubs, they still look ok, but you're not comparing like for like at all. Those clubs are arguably some of the biggest in the world. We're a community co-op, well-managed and very fortunate to be where we are. The club is also fortunate to be the only PL club within 110 miles, so is taking every opportunity to push supporter loyalty as far as it can. The academy surcharge is a strange thing to do, just as it's about to potentially cash-in on the biggest TV deal the football world has ever seen. I love the idea of a flourishing academy, and I think it's a forward looking strategy, but does the club really need to pull on supporter heart strings to 'opt out' of such a thing? No, not really. The club is a few months away from being debt-free, and after that, it can (hopefully) claim to be one of a very select few that will be in the black. I think McNally and co. have a keen sense of what's 'right' (See the Luton FA Cup prices, and freezing prices for loyal supporters next season), but in terms of matchday ticket costs (for both home and away fans), it's becoming a massively expensive day out, especially if you no longer live in the area (like me). I just can't get away from the fact that the club is financially doing better than ever, but punishing hard-pressed fans at a time when the country is struggling, living costs are soaring, wages are flatlining, and pensions and benefits are being cut. Football does not operate in a vacuum.

    Kristan Reed

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

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