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Old 05-15-2007, 05:03 PM   #331
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Jewell is wanting out of football for a while...says he couldn't commit to managing at the moment...so I doubt it.
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More, hate to say I told you so, but, I told you so, those money grabbing Yank B******S fleecing Utd fans even more, read on;

GLAZERS THROW OUT BUSINESS PLAN

By Ed Wednesday 16th May 2007


Hence the price rises.

From the MEN
Manchester United's ticket price increases are more than FOUR TIMES bigger than the club originally intended, according to documents leaked to the Manchester Evening News.


And the fact that the Glazer family has ripped up its initial plan to peg back prices this summer has been slammed as a cynical attempt to cash in on the club's success this season.

The documents also indicate that this year's whopping increases will not be the last, as the club has stated that it intends to `maximise revenue generated through ticket prices and enhanced stadium facility.'


That indicates that prices will continue to rise until empty seats begin to appear at Old Trafford.

Last summer, the Glazer family was only intending to put prices up by 2.5 per cent this year, after introducing a huge hike of 12.5 per cent in their first year of ownership.


But the family ignored that business plan and instead came up with an average increase of more than 10 per cent with prices in some areas of the ground rising as high as 14 per cent.

That increase ignored calls from supporters' groups, MPs and other bodies within the game for the huge influx of money from the Premier League's bumper overseas TV rights deal to be used to peg back ticket prices.


But the United Supporters' Trust, MUST, believes the Glazers are playing a dangerous game by toying with fan loyalty.

A spokesman for the group said: "Many of our members have complained about these huge price rises for the third season running. Paying another 14% on top of last year's rise will prevent many of them from renewing their season tickets.


"If you add on to that the cost of the compulsory automatic cup scheme, which could be £250 a year or more, going to Old Trafford is becoming unaffordable for many traditional supporters.

"There is also resentment about the way their love and loyalty towards the club is being exploited under the Glazers' ownership when the club is making so much money out of the new TV deal and sponsorships.


"It seems clear from these leaked documents that the Glazers decided that they could get away with higher increases than originally planned, because Sir Alex has done such a fantastic job with the team producing the most exciting football at Old Trafford for years and winning the league in some style.

"From the murmurings we are hearing from United season ticket holders, the Glazers may well be misjudging just how far they can push things. They seem not to care about the fans if they can treat loyal supporters in this way."


United have flown in the face of current football trends, with Manchester City freezing their prices and clubs such as Bolton and Blackburn reducing the cost of some tickets. The spiralling cost of Premiership football has brought a fightback in the game, with the MEN's own `Make it Fair for Fans' campaign receiving widespread backing, including from sports minister Richard Caborn, PFA head Gordon Taylor and England boss Steve McClaren.

Asked to comment on the contents of the document and on the discontent among many fans over the price rises, a Glazer spokesman said: "We won't comment on these matters beyond saying that ticket prices represent excellent value for fans."


A United spokesman followed the same line, adding: "We believe that the prices we have set reflect not only demand for tickets at Old Trafford but also represents good value in the context of Premier League football."

And there are still some F***ING Idiots who say they're good for UNITED, don't anyone dare say UNITED are champs because of those F***ING W*****S, its inspite of them, not because of them.

As I've stated before, most long standing, match going fans I know personally would rather see the club endure a period of decline if it meant them F***ING T*****S F*****G OFF, but, unfortunately it looks less & less likely now, I really do think I'll never set foot inside OT again, as more & more fans are priced out of attending football matches, Sir Matt must be turning in his grave, God rest his soul.
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Old 05-17-2007, 12:52 PM   #333
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A 14% rise in prices is shocking. It's sad because it will almost certainly put off local working class mancunians who can't afford to go anymore and the ground will be full of even more, in the words of roy keane, 'prawn sandwich brigade' plastic fans which will be detrimental to the atmosphere at the ground.

I'm planning on getting a season ticket next year at villa but if the board were to put prices up by 14% then there's no way i'd be able to afford one.
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congrats to chelsea...
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What a crap match. Biggest anti-climax ever.
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Congrats for what? Both teams should be ashamed ...
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Most Man Utd fans are not proper fans. They are unable to be, because they are based in foreign countries where EPL coverage is not a top priority.

Man Utd is the most "bandwagonised" club in the world, a "dishonour" previously held by the Chicago Bulls.

So 'fandom' is measured by your proximity to the city of your favorite club? If I move from Manchester to someplace else for a job or something, do I become less of a fan?
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Congrats for what? Both teams should be ashamed ...
nevertheless...
chelsea won didn't they?

i'm a man u fan, for what it's worth.
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So 'fandom' is measured by your proximity to the city of your favorite club? If I move from Manchester to someplace else for a job or something, do I become less of a fan?
Not at all. If this was the case, at least you had some prior and authentic connection to the club.

Unlike many of these Asian fans of Man Utd who only supoport the club because they have had success both on and off the field. and have had David Beckham playing for them.

What I will say though, is that if you were in Australia, most Man Utd fans are not necessarily proper fans of football as a sport.
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Would've preferred an FA Cup final between anyone but, Scum Utd and Chelski.
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Awful match apart from the goal...If anyone caught the Sevilla v Espanyol UEFA cup final last week, that was an amazing match.

Tis why I still think the Spanish league is superior to the English, if there was a league match up with every team playing the team in the same position, I think the Spanish would win quite comfortably, apart from the top 4 matches being quite close, in nearly all the others I would favour a Spanish team.

The top 4 teams in Spain are sperated by 2 points.....now that is a competition!
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Last years cup final was about a million times better than this years, even if the west ham scumbags came perilously close to winning it.
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The top 4 teams in Spain are sperated by 2 points.....now that is a competition!
& where exactly are the top 4 spanish teams in the champs/lge?, whilst 3 of the top 4 English clubs made it to the semi's, & more English clubs have reigned as Champs of Europe than any other nation, & more clubs from England have won European trophies than any other nation, the English league title has been won by far more clubs than any other major league, except Germany, tied equally with 23 different champions, no English club has ever dominated its domestic league, in the way Real, & Barca have in spain, Juve has in Italy, & Bayern has in Germany, God, learn about the HISTORY of the game in general before making ridiculous comments about something you obviously know very little about, football goes back beyond the year 2000, did you know that?
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And for Yeovil fans, Yeovil FC are FAR more than just a football club.

In the 21st Century, the vast majority of Man Utd fans are based outside of the land of Pom.

We must have about 500,000 folk down under who claim to support Man Utd. Probably 90% of them epitomise the term "bandwagoning."

This is by no means an anti-Man Utd jibe (it could apply to Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, West Ham) , but the reality is that if you were to compare the percentage of genuine, passionate fans for Yeovil with the percentage of fans who are equally as passionate for Man Utd, Yeovil would probably have a more pasisonate fan base.

It's unfortunate in this globalised world that passion is measured by quantity rather than quality.

Most Man Utd fans are not proper fans. They are unable to be, because they are based in foreign countries where EPL coverage is not a top priority.

Man Utd is the most "bandwagonised" club in the world, a "dishonour" previously held by the Chicago Bulls.
Jesus, do you specialise in talking total bollocks, all that crap about " proper" fans, tell me then, 2 years ago United played Exeter in the cup, 10,000 Exeter "fans" travelled to OT, when they normally have less than 3,000 for a league match, but because they're a small club are they all "proper" fans, absolute BOLLOCKS, in that tiny little world you inhabit, unless someone lives within a 5-10 mile radius of a stadium they can't be real "fans" absolute total CRAP!
Also the Cup final in 2004 Utd v. Millwall, Utd were allocated 5,000 or so more tickets than millwall, who in turn complained to anyone who'd listen, but they'd still been allocated 10,000 more tickets than their average attendance, so where had all these "proper" fans come from, people who'd never been to see, or never again would go to see millwall, all of a sudden they're "proper" fans, coz they "support" a little club, absolute & total F***ING BOLLOCKS! 1 point I'll agree on is, yes a lot of people say they support Utd, & don't know a lot, if anything about the clubs history, but every major club in the world has that kind of "fan" & they BORE me almost as much as this old chestnut, " gloryhunters," but stop being catergorical about "most" UNITED fans, just because someone lives half way around the world, & can't get to OT, doesn't mean they can't be passionate about the club, & if you need to ask why, or how they can be so passionate about that, or any other club, then IMO its YOU who know so little about football, & how it can illogically grab hold of, & take over, otherwise rational, & intelligent human beings.
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You really are a bitter & twisted being, not a citeh fan by any chance?
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