Some Magpies fans upset by £100 cost for 2021/22 season ticket
Several Chorley season ticket holders have hinted that they will not renew having been asked to fork out £100 to watch their team next season.
The Magpies released details this week of their pricing structure for fans to watch the first team in the National League North for
the entire 2021/22 campaign.
The club have been unable to admit fans to Victory Park for any of their home league fixtures this season due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the campaign was ultimately declared null and void in February .
With this in mind, the club has considered how to compensate those supporters who paid for a season ticket last summer.
Many fans had expected to either receive a refund or the monies they had already paid to go towards the cost of a new ticket next season.
However, the club have announced that existing adult season ticket holders will be charged £100 to renew. The cost for a new season ticket holder is £270.
In a statement, the club’s chief executive Terry Robinson said: “Following the early conclusion to our season we have been carefully considering our approach to season ticket pricing for 2021/22 campaign.
“There has been much discussion within the club and with other interested parties and we have tried to come up with a pricing structure that takes into account 2020/21 season ticket holders were unable to attend games due to a last-minute change in Covid regulations.
“We have tried to set prices based on fairness to existing season ticket holders, while trying to maintain a competitive budget for Jamie (Vermiglio) and the first-team squad as well as looking towards the longer-term future of the club.
“The club provided a streaming service for home league games prior to 2020/21 ending, but we recognise full value for money has been difficult to offer to our loyal supporters who purchased season tickets.
“Therefore, we’ve put together a pricing structure we feel represents a clear path forward, with major discounts for existing season ticket holders.”
Long-time Magpies supporter and season ticket holder Paul Bibby, who attends games with his 19-year-old daughter Alex and a large group of friends, revealed he is unlikely to renew given the money he will have to pay.
“I think it’s a bit of a joke,” said Bibby, who has been in contact with the club previously about the issue.
"I just think it should have been a full refund or straight swap season ticket. The other fans that I have spoken to, they have all said they won’t be renewing next season.
“Even though they have dropped the cost, it’s still £100 that we shouldn’t be paying.
“It is the principle of it. You pay for a service and we have not received it. I tried to speak to the club about it but got fobbed off.
“Some of the lads I go on with, they have families – they struggle to afford to go to the football and it’s them that I feel sorry for.
“Even though I can afford the £100, I am not going to do it on principle”
Bibby said it will be a shame as watching Chorley is a social outing for him and his friends.
“There’s about 10 of us who have been going on for years,” he said. “We have a pint in the Plough before we go on. I take my daughter on, she is 19 now and has been going on since she was four.”
Although the £100 cost of a season ticket has upset some fans, other fans have backed the club's decision.
A number of supporters took to social media to indicate that they are more than happy with the pricing structure.
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