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SWFC - Are They Worth It?

How much do YOU spend on following the Owls through thick and thin? A recent survey carried out by Virgin Money found that the most dedicated football fans spend nearly 100,000 in a lifetime.

Wednesday fans are undoubtedly one of the most loyal sets of fans in the Championship, if not the whole of England, after seeing the club they love fall from grace to the lowly depths of League One mediocricy in a matter of seasons.

But are some fans being priced out of watching the club, and the sport, they love?

According to the survey, almost 20,000 will be spent on season tickets and 11,600 on away tickets and cup matches. Fans can expect to spend 1,310 a season in total on match tickets and club merchandise - or 68,120 over 52 years.

And even armchair fans, you know, the one's that go to Cardiff but don't bother turning up for the 'ordinary' home matches (We know it's not all of you!) can expect to splash out almost 15,000 over a lifetime of watching football in the comfort of their own home. Typically, TV sports packages and magazines will cost the armchair fan around 283 a year.

Although the dedication of some fans is unrivalled, is it really fair for the regular, working class fans to be priced out of watching the club they adore? Not according to Football Supporters' Federation chairman Malcolm Clarke.

'The live match-going fan is football's lifeblood. Without them the millions from broadcasters and sponsors simply won't materialise. We need a new deal for the match-going supporter.' he said.

Average British football ticket prices are currently around the 30 mark, with teams like Chelsea Arsenal and Manchester United leading the way in the Premiership. Yet in Italy and Spain's top divisions ticket prices start at around the 10-12 mark, with prices in Germany even lower at 7-8.

Do you think it's time clubs cut ticket prices? Can't afford to watch your beloved Owls and want to vent your opinions? Have YOUR say on the official Vital Sheffield Wednesday message board by CLICKING HERE

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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday September 16 2006

Time: 1:55PM

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of course its worth it! i travel from norwich every other saturday to see them play and it has never crossed my mind to stop, the train is not expensive and the tickets are not ridiculously overpriced.
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16/09/2006 22:45:00

I dont know what Id do without going to see the Owls every weekend. I usually come away p**sed off, but Id say its worth it! You have to suffer the lows to appreciate the highs.
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17/09/2006 10:54:00


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