Whilst perusing social media under the hashtag NonLeague, I found a few disgruntled tweets relating to the price of final tickets.
Arguably the showpiece of the Non-League calendar (especially if you’re a Forest Green or Tranmere Rovers supporter) and one that attracts a lot of media attention across the country, I have been torn between two minds over the ticket prices.
For a fan to see their team play in this fixture, the result of which could shape the future of either club for years to come, would cost £41. Initially, my thoughts were that “This is a disgrace” and that the authorities were pushing away hard-pressed fans, holding them to ransom over the support of their club. We harp on over affordable football for all and that Non League teams are at the heart of their community. We think that they stand up against the monster that is modern football and all the financial pressure that it brings.
But the fact of the matter is that these are PROFESSIONAL clubs. There is not much difference between a National League club and a League Two team, other than the football league status the latter holds. I am sure that both Leyton Orient and Hartlepool fans can attest to that.
A quick check shows that Forest Green Rovers charge £19 for a home game. You can go and see Tranmere Rovers for £20. Not extortionate by any means. When you actually break it down to the bare bones, you’re only paying double what you would to see your team take on Woking or Bromley, both who are semi-professional set-ups (No offence to either of those teams).
I do fee that ticket prices need to be controlled, especially at this end of the footballing spectrum. But a final whereby you could see your team reach the promised land of the Football League, £41 is just fine.
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