Originally Posted by NoGimmicksNeeded
It won't stop if they keep paying the ticket prices.
I know you've mentioned your reasons for not going to United games now, and I think the price was one of them? I've certainly got family who haven't renewed season tickets in recent years for that reason. City returned nearly 1000 tickets, I believe, for that game. I doubt I'd pay for a season ticket if I still lived up north. That's the only way that a difference is going to be made, unfortunately. The PL is too entrenched in greed from top to bottom now.
I'm starting to feel burnt out on football because of it now. When I was a kid I'd watch every minute of the sport I could. Now I watched United games, some international matches and that's about it. Haven't even watched MOTD in a while. I think that without the emotional connection to the club, I wouldn't watch top flight football anymore, honestly.
Agreed on it only ending when fans stop paying the prices. City returning 900 tickets was a promising start, but I don't have faith in United or Chelsea to follow suit which essentially undermines the whole principle. Too many people either with the money to pay it or just not prepared to boycott.
Ticket prices are a big factor, though its more away from home that that problem really dominates. Average away ticket for a United fan is around £40-42 which for me is far too much. Blackburn going down was a blow as they, Bolton and Wigan were the cheapest away tickets every year. OT is dear in parts (away fans and south stand/north stand), but K Stand lower is around £29/30 which is more manageable. Main reason I don't go OT however is not wanting to pay the Glazers (personal stance), a lot of my mates who used to go knocking it on the head and only doing aways/random games and generally just not enjoying the average match compared to even 6 years back when it wasn't exactly great but still better than the last season I actively went.
I really don't have as much vested interest in football either. I'll watch games but largely in the background and I don't keep up to date at all generally with transfers/prospects apart from the really obvious and well known youngsters. I mainly just see football as a good day out with mates, a laugh and in the case of an away a chance to go to a new town/city for half a day and get a bit merry on ale. Winning and losing in the grand scheme of things really doesn't affect me as much as it might have done back in 2005/2006. My team will still be there next week and I'll just take it on a game by game basis.
I'll hopefully be back into FC games fairly regularly in the near future with some extra money to burn. Will probably look into a season ticket at the new ground in Moston whenever it gets around to finally being built.