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  1. LUHG
    February 10, 2012

    Was always going to be the case as of 2005. Should have knocked it on the head then rather than the death of a thousand cuts. It means nothing anymore.

  2. Ian
    February 10, 2012

    For anyone who doesn’t know, the Dog and Partridge used to be where the Bishop Blaize is now. Only six years ago even the Bishops was operating on matchday at its normal rates, since Bob left prices have massively inflated on matchdays, it’s full of ‘day-tripper’ fans most of whom only go to video Boyley, but somehow there’s still an endless queue at the bar and at the door. RIP The D&P

    http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/7804940.jpg

  3. Opti
    February 10, 2012

    Disgusting… awful… glazers!

    Shame, shame, shame!

    Is it too late?

    • Ian
      February 10, 2012

      @Opti: Yes. The damage is done with the majority of Reds who have been treated this way despite years of commitment.

  4. Eric
    February 10, 2012

    I’m a City supporter, and I still think this is terrible. Stands should always be full of true supporters like yourself. I’m sorry to hear your family and mates have been hard done by.

  5. Robert
    February 10, 2012

    great article! hope the topic gets also picked up by other united-blogs … Glazers just seem to be pricing out real supporters … even worse if you consider that you can buy way overpriced tickets for the away-end on so many homepages …

  6. Ole P
    February 11, 2012

    Very sad, yet not unique story, I am afraid. Havent checked thoroughly, but I think the Stoke match had the lowest official attendance for a United league match since the ground was expanded to today’s capacity.

    I think United would have evolved like this whoever capitalist was in charge, be it some hedge fund via the stock exchange or someone else. This is mass consumer management; its more expensive for them to repay your loyalty, than to treat everyone the same.

    I live abroad, and resent the anti-foreign attitude I sometimes meet in Manchester (been going over since 87, no glory hunting here), since way under 10 per cent of the seats are taken by people travelling from afar. But I understand it as a reaction to poor treatment of the people who should be encouraged, not just expected, to go to the ground instead of the pub.

    I am afraid more people will just quit going, making SE T2 the only remaining place in the ground with a fair bit of athmosphere.

  7. Red D
    February 11, 2012

    Sounds similar to myself.

    Esp. this being unsuccesful in the Liverpool 2nd ballot and then them writing to offer me a ST with a ticket for Liverpool takes the piss.

  8. North Manc Maniac
    February 11, 2012

    Fair play for sticking with it for as long as you did, I however seen the righting on the wall when the gimps took over in 2005 and didn’t renew my season ticket of over 20 years.

    Heart breaking what’s happened to our club, look at OT now full of tourist and day trippers carrying bags full of shite from the megawhore!

    United don’t want the likes of us mate they’ve made it very clear.

    They don’t want local lads having a few beers in town and just coming to the game they want people with £200 in the back pocket to service their debt.

    Stinks to high heaven and the spineless FA sit by why this country’s game is raped by foreign carpet baggers.

    My local used to take two coaches one a double decker to every home game and some aways now they cannot fill a mini bus.

    Part of me wants their “business” plan to fail and I’d happily watch United in the 2nd/3rd division if it meant getting rid of the parasites and regaining the club back.

    Nice blog mate

    Love United hate Glazer

  9. Paul
    March 1, 2012

    An update for those of you interested. I received a response from the club a few days later. They fail to address any of the issues raised. They tell me that the Liverpool tickets had been “made available from Sponsors”. They also state that they are disappointed that I don’t feel valued as a supporter.

    I have written a letter back – full of fact, and to the point. Hopefully that too is worth turning into an article and this will get some momentum.

  10. Ansser Sadiq
    March 3, 2012

    fantastic article, both this and the previous one. is sad to hear that so many locals cannot attend games for whatever reason. however, the raising of ticket prices/other club schemes to sell tickets are crass and business-oriented but necessary. the premier league has become a money making machine. thats what happens when you promote your game to south east asia & other parts of the world and want 100 million television audiences. those same people will travel to OT and happily pay 10x the ticket’s actual value to see one game a year. so its really the downside that comes with supporting one of the biggest clubs in the WORLD. its no longer a local, Manchester football club is it? you cant have the enormous transfer budgets, salary budgets & trophy/success demands without allowing the club to be business-like so that they can make the money to fund all this.

    Yes a lot of the club’s money goes to fund the Glazer’s debt, which is awful. But, the club took this risk when they became a PLC. Again, it was a move that made United richer than any club around (Being a PLC) & helped facilitate the initial era of PL dominance. Every move has a downside. Its not possible to expect United to be the richest club in England / 3rd richest in Europe but still keep those same low ticket prices & not try to make more money. Its just how the world works, as sad as it is in some cases.

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