DISGRUNTLED Town fans have vowed to boycott one of the season’s biggest ties because of ‘ridiculous’ ticket prices.
Huddersfield are set to play Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, on September 13, in one of League I biggest derbies.
But fans believe there will be rows of empty seats in the away stand, after Sheffield announced it would be charging £28.50 for adult tickets.
By comparison Bury fans will pay half that price (£14 plus a booking fee) to see their team play the Blades at Bramall Lane on September 3.
Now angry Town fans have organised a boycott through the fan website Down at the Mac (DATM). The topic thread had been read over 13,000 times yesterday.
So far hundreds of supporters have said they will refuse to attend the game which could cost Sheffield tens of thousands in lost ticket sales.
One Town fan posted: “This is simply far too much cash for third division football especially in these harsh economic times.”
Another joked: “Even (infamous highwayman) Dick Turpin wore a mask!”
Sheffield’s controversial pricing has even been criticised on Scottish football fan site, Pie and Bovril.
Neil Waine, a regular poster on DATM’s forum, has helped organise the boycott.
Mr Waine, who is a lifelong Town fan, said: “It’s ridiculous.
“You can watch Manchester United versus Bolton for the same.
“I’ve been a fan for 32 years, home and away as much as possible. But a time comes when enough is enough.
“I know friends that will still go because they don’t want to miss it. They’re playing on fans’ loyalties.
“I think there’ll be a lot of empty seats at Bramall Lane. I think this will backfire at the Blades because they will lose revenue.”
A spokesman for Sheffield United said the club operated a ‘three-tier pricing structure’ which is used by other clubs.
He said: “This season we have four category A games – high profile or derby fixtures – which are the club’s highest priced matches. The match against our Yorkshire rivals happens to be one of those category A games.
“Also, the club has four category C games – a quartet of fixtures each season whereby the aim is to provide affordable football for families and supporters who normally may not be able to attend. The match against Bury is one of the category C games and is therefore very competitively priced.
“The prices for the away end for the Huddersfield game are less than the prices paid by our fans in every part of the stadium with the exception of The Kop, where there is some restricted viewing and the concession kiosks are in uncovered areas.”
The club added it had reserved an extra 2,000 home seats for Town fans for the game.
Who can you see for £28.50 or less?
(prices for cheapest adult ticket)
PREMIER LEAGUE: You can see all clubs at home except Norwich, Manchester United, Tottenham, Swansea, QPR, Arsenal and Liverpool.
Cheapest: Blackburn, Newcastle (£10) and Wigan (£15)
CHAMPIONSHIP: You can see all clubs except West Ham.
Cheapest: Watford (£10), Doncaster, Ipswich (£15)
LEAGUE I: You can see all clubs.
Cheapest: Rochdale, Preston, Walsall and MK Dons (£10)