The new broom sweeping through Huddersfield Town this season has swept away the complicated categories and pricing for season tickets of previous seasons.
These are to be replaced by a slimmed down version that Town fans of every persuasion will find difficult to resist.
With just three categories and no differentiation between areas of the ground, the expectation is that the limit of 10,000 season cards will soon be reached.
A family of five can now look forward to a season of Championship football for as little as £427.
A complete afternoon’s entertainment for two adults, accompanied by three children, will total less than £19.
So why not compare the market. The same family going to the bowling alley, or to the cinema, would probably have very little change from £40.
Only £23 for children under eight years of age works out at £1 per game – try getting a “Happy Meal” for that!
Although an initial outlay of £427 may seem a significant amount of money, it is great value when compared to the £4,000 that the same family would probably need if they wished to spend as much time on the local ski slope.
Will there be an option to pay in monthly instalments? Oh yes!
This ground breaking move is part of the “Wagner Revolution” and it has got the footballing communities talking both locally and nationally.
Malcolm Clarke, Chair of the Football Supporters Federation – an organisation which was so vociferous when Liverpool announced a £77 ticket for a single game – was quick to praise the business acumen of the Terriers.
He congratulated Huddersfield Town on an initiative “which is particularly commendable for a Championship club which doesn’t have the huge level of media revenue that Premier League clubs enjoy.” He also called on “other clubs, particularly those in the Premier League to follow suit.”
If Huddersfield Town can use their increased broadcasting revenue to subsidise the cost of season cards then why can’t all football clubs? HTFC Season Cards go on sale on March 17 priced Adults £179, 8-17 year-olds £69 and Under 8s £23.
Meanwhile Bloomfield Road continues to grab the headlines for all the wrong reasons and the most recent faux pas was prior to the game against Bradford City.
A very hasty apology was issued by the Seasiders but not before one ex-patriot Tangerine, now resident in Huddersfield, had taken to Facebook suggesting that he is seriously considering changing his allegiance.
For most disgruntled Seasiders transferring to the neighbouring Lilywhites might be well ‘beyond the pale’. Perhaps they should consider a Pennine train trip to the ‘gengenpressing’ Championship club? At less than £30 for both travel and entry to the game this might not be as ludicrous as it sounds.
In our Examiner column on January 21, we announced an Extraordinary General Meeting of HTSA.
This took place on last week and the purpose of the meeting was to formally adopt the revised ‘model rules’ agreed by Supporters Direct and to whom HTSA are officially affiliated. Unfortunately the meeting had to be adjourned and is due to be reconvened on Wednesday, March 23 – the venue will be confirmed shortly.
This meeting will be a great opportunity to bring supporters up to date with the work done by HTSA since the 2015 AGM and the progress made on the Blackpool campaign.
Legal advice has now been taken and the proposed options are being considered. These include an individual action in the small claims court, or a possible class action. The latter alternative would require the support of a group of like-minded supporters.
A prize of £250 awaits the HTSA member who holds the following numbers, 3662. If your HTSA membership card is up to date and shows this, or 3662, £250 is yours. Please send details of your full name and postal address by text to 07725036109 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org before 19.08 on Friday, March 4. You will receive your cheque by return of post. The last winning number was 3646, or 3646: the winner was A Luk.
Finally, don’t forget to book your seats on the HTSA coaches to Derby County and Leeds United. The fares for Derby County are HTSA members £11.50 and non-members £13.50. The coach will be leaving from the John Smith’s Stadium at 11.30am. Dial 07905 580784 for a direct line to Rachael. HTSA members travelling on the coach will be in with a chance of winning £250 in the Travel Draw prize. The winners on the coach to Nottingham Forest were A Lund (£250), G Stringer (£125) and S Marshall (£62.50).