There's only four teams involved in football's top honours these days, so what's it like to win silverware every season? This is the blog of one football fan who decided to, fully and unconditionally, do the unthinkable and change the football team he supported to spend one season at the top... AND NOW HE'S DOING A SIMILAR THING FOR EURO 2008 WITH A MATE BECAUSE THE SEASON'S FINISHED AND THEY'RE BOTH BORED

Out-of-fashion Serie A is bargain bin treat

Out-of-fashion Serie A is bargain bin treat

23/09/07

Ciao amicos. £9!… Yes, £9! And you can turn up at the ground five minutes before to buy a ticket.

No, I’m not talking about the price of my first Arsenal ticket, but the cost of watching top-flight Serie A club and Champions League winners AC Milan. To put this in perspective, it cost roughly half the price to watch AC Milan play Parma at the iconic San Siro stadium, than it did to watch Notts County against Bristol Rovers last season. Who would you rather watch? Kaka? or David Pipe? Pipe costs twice as much to watch.

OK, so you might witness some fans throwing a scooter on to the pitch during a particularly rough derby match at the San Siro, but this is proof that English football is a massive rip-off. At least it is when it costs so much to watch football at any level in this country.

Anyway, it’s looking more and more like I made the right decision to support Arsenal doesn’t it? Adebayor is class… They’re an excellent team, who play beautiful with low-key players in a cracking new stadium… Who new that, towards the end of last season, all it took to for this team to mature enough would be to get rid of The Pouty One. Don’t get me wrong, I wish I’d seen Henry play in the flesh, but every player seems to be an equal in this Arsenal squad.

So, it’s about time I put some considerable money where my mouth is and watch them play. So, the first league match I can go to? Wigan at The Emirates in November, except I can’t because I have to be a ‘Silver Member’ (sounds expensive). Although if I wait until a couple weeks before the game I can get tickets, provided I’m by the phone at 9.30am and I’m a fully paid-up ‘Red Member’.

Is it fair that this new top club supporting business is already starting to annoy me? Maybe it’s not that uncommon to have to be a member of a popular football club in order to get tickets these days, but I didn’t have to be in Milan. Why do I have to be a ‘Silver Member’ to get tickets for one of the least attractive fixtures of Arsenal’s season? And, most annoying of all, why do I have to sit by the phone as if I’m on speed-dial trying to get tickets for Glastonbury or something?

Someone at work’s just told me his mate lives near the Emirates and can get me a ticket for whichever game I like… he didn’t say how much it was going to be though. Anyway, I’ll try for Bolton at home, or maybe Slavia Prague. Cool! My new team’s in the Champions League. Forgot. I’m excited again…

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