Letters, Tuesday, March1st, 2011

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Don’t moan about season ticket rise

NIALL Quinn has done the right thing by putting up season ticket prices. People have no right to complain and it will not stop many from attending, perhaps only the most miserly of fans.

To many people like myself it’s a way of life. It’s just something you do every week, go to the match.It’s a great day out and still great value for money.

No doubt the fair weather supporters will be complaining, but the team is in the top flight of the greatest league in the world where we can watch superstars from all over the globe show off their talents.

A true fan never complains about the ticket prices increasing. Everything has to go up, and if SAFC is expected to bring in top-quality players the money has to come from somewhere.

Perhaps the moaning minnies and those who sit in the pub to watch the games should get out of their seats and back to the match then perhaps the prices would have remained as they were for another season.

The price rise is a small one in any case. Twenty pounds is nothing these days and children under 16 can watch a game for less than £4, which is the roughly the cost of a Big Mac meal or a cinema ticket

Of course the OAP supporters will be the biggest moaners. They are always wanting something for nothing and I have heard many of them expecting to get into the ground for £1 or even free. Well, they are living in the 1930s and looking at the past through rose-tinted glasses.

Just when has the modern-day fan had to suffer like we did years ago? I can recall three vivid disapointments in my time as a fan: the end-of-season game against Liverpool that we had to win to keep in division one in 1970. A hapless Sunderland team was beaten 0-1 and relegated; an FA Cup third round tie against Orient a year later when the Lads wore a sky blue away kit and were booed on to Roker Park before getting hammered 0-3; then, of course, the relegation to Division 3 in the 80s.

Generally, apart from that, it’s been a pleasure to be a Sunderland fan.

At the end of the day if you want entertainment you have to pay for it and if anyone wants anything cheaper, go and visit the zoo or the circus.

Mick “The Pen” Brown

What price loyalty?

IT appears for the want of a large crowd Sunderland AFC has lost the sense of fairness.

I am an ex-season ticket holder but I still go with my grandson to most home matches. I went to buy our usual seats for the Liverpool game only to be told that most of the seats had been sold. I was informed that if you had a season ticket then you could buy two more tickets for £10 each and that this offer had been taken up by most season ticket holders, meaning there was limited number of seats available.

Not wanting to miss the game I bought tickets for an area I do not normally go to. I paid £29 for my ticket and £12 for my grandson. My point is, yes, there will be a large crowd with the majority being there for the first time, and probably the last. The people who will be missing out are the people like myself. Because we do not know someone with a season ticket we have to go to a different area of the ground and pay full price.

We will be at the next match back in our usual seats and still paying full price. I wonder how many of the people who have paid £10 for their ticket will be. So much for loyalty.

SAFC supporter, Seaham

Labour hypocrisy

WHEN the Government announced a consultation on the possible sell-off of forest areas it was claimed by Labour, nationally and locally, that the consultation was a blind and a con.

Well the consultation took place and the Government listened, leaving lots of Labour leaflets incorrect and out of date even as they went through letterboxes.

It’s a pity Gordon Brown did not hold a consultation before Labour sold off thousands of acres of forest when in power.

More hypocrisy from Labour.

Tracy Young

Let’s vote on EU

WHY will tens of thousands of Indian migrants be allowed into Britain every year thanks to the EU trade deal? We all know that the UK is well over-populated. Regarding jobs, in the North one in three young people is out of work.

Blair said yes to the EU that people from 27 countries could come to live in our tiny groups of islands at will. Labour encouraged all young pupils to go on to university so that jobs could be left open for migrants and no doubt future Labour voters.

Britain will accept 20,000 Indian workers a year, which is 40 per cent of the EU quota. Germany would take 7,000, just a third of the full total. There is an “investor protection clause” so that the Government could be sued by Indian firms if the UK capped the total migrant workers allowed into the UK.

We have unemployment of nearly 2.5million people here. The word from India is that they do not need us to take their workers, it’s all from the EU.

All parties promised us a referendum on being in or out of the EU. Could we have it as soon as possible please?

M. Matthews, Aiskell Street, Sunderland