To take my family of four to a home game last two seasons at Park Lane was £34, on family stand prices it was cheaper to get into a Southend game for seats ( not that i was tempted ! ) and that cannot be right. I recall going to some away matches in the Conf where it was costing me over £40 for two adults and two small children to get in, add to that,travel, food, drink and sometimes hotel it was expensive following the club, but yes it was good fun for 2 years, but unsustainable for a club like us. I just think the Conf was overpriced, and that is why so many clubs are going under. The fans cannot keep stumping up league prices for non-league football.
Clubs at this level are finding it hard competing against League teams and this puts pressure on them to get people through the gate but they cant just charge a fiver on the door otherwise they wouldn't last the season. Plus, we were only a league below professional football so as far as i was concerned, i couldn't always afford it but i understood why it was that much.
We were competing in a NATIONAL league instead of a LOCAL league and clubs like us who have competed in local leagues since 1926 would always find it hard. I think in light of the way football is run and operated in these times, the prices were justified. You have stated that it would cost you over £40 each to travel to an away game for Canvey. It would be more than that if you went to Southend away or Colchester away or even Leyton Orient. It was still cheaper to watch Canvey whatever way you look at it and as far as i'm concerned, Canvey are my team and i would pay the price at any level to get in. The only difference is that the amount of games i would go to wouldn't be as many. But i am a student!