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£8 for an adult to watch CCL Premier Division football?

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Haha! Yes Dave and a free giant popcorn and coke!!

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I guess that home fans will pay whatever, but casuals will be more choosy. Probably won't make much difference to the club I appreciate. Anyone know if Chertsey are still charging £8? Another problem if 2 or 3 clubs are charging £8 you can bet that next season one or two more will do it and before you know it £8 is the standard entry. And yes I know it's only £2.

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Windsor do tend to have one game a season where admission is free and this is usually balanced by an increase in takings at the food hut and bar.

 

At the end of the day, if you turn up at a ground to watch a game, it is more likely than not that the admission will be paid. The important thing is to research beforehand on the admission costs and then make a decision before setting off.

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Just a quick observation from someone who has been involved at club, ground and bar level until this season. (Hopefully to return next season.)

 

(1)  Groundhoppers.  As far as groundhoppers are concerned, generally I have found them nice people.  There are the few that are the 'train-spotters' that only want the programme, SO... DON'T sell programmes at the gate.  As previously stated, somewhere inside the ground makes sense, probably the bar, giving the temptation for them to spend more money.

 

(2)  Entry fee.  In this day and age, it matters not if it's £5, £6, £7 or £8.  The income in most League games just about covers the officials fees. if you're lucky !

 

(3)  General Moaners.  Every club will get them and to be honest, you just have to put up with them.  The best one I had was at Meadowbank a few seasons ago, when I was approached by an elderley gentleman, berating me as Safety Officer because he and his wife were being 'worried' by a wasp in the grand-stand.  On his third visit to me, moaning even loader, I happily told him I would accompany him back to the grand-stand, and if he identified the specific guilty wasp that was bothering his family, I would happily do my very best to eject it from the ground !

If nothing else, you can generally gain a quiet giggle from these moaners.

Edited by Big J R

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That all seems fair and reasonable to me. Personally, I can take or leave a programme, although not getting one because some spotter with little interest in the game itself does can be tiresome. Sold inside- problem solved.

 

Entry fees? Probably said my piece on that already, I'm happy to pay eight quid, others maybe less so. Agreeing to differ seems sensible.

 

Moaners? Some people will always find something to grumble about...although I maintain it is a hobby and if you aren't enjoying your past time, you should probably find a different one.

 

Reading about the wasp incident certainly raised a smile here...I think many have encountered these types of people in life...if I was ever in danger of becoming like that. trust me, I'd want someone to tell me long before it was too late! 

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Used to drive me mad when I did the gate at E&E at Merland Rise the people waiting in the car park for half time so they could duck paying the admission fee. Drove me even madder when I saw them buying beer in the bar going into BAFC's owners pockets.

 

I promote gigs now and again , never more than £5 admission, and the same principal applies.

 

Then the self same people moan when local football clubs struggle/ there are no bands playing in their town.

 

Rant over.

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Used to drive me mad when I did the gate at E&E at Merland Rise the people waiting in the car park for half time so they could duck paying the admission fee. Drove me even madder when I saw them buying beer in the bar going into BAFC's owners pockets.

 

I promote gigs now and again , never more than £5 admission, and the same principal applies.

 

Then the self same people moan when local football clubs struggle/ there are no bands playing in their town.

 

Rant over.

 

 

I know most club gate staff etc like to cash-up at half-time, but the idea of allowing free entry for the second half has always amazed me.

 

Put someone else on the gate and charge half-price must surely be the answer !!

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Aruther Terry at Dedhill FC use to stay on the gate till the end he use to call the second half money his half time pot at the end of the season he would hand the Club a large amount of money with all the takings he had made in the second half.

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