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Sports Letter: Fans hit by greed.

Byline: DAVE SMALL

WE have recently heard how many Blues fans are struggling to meet the ever-increasing costs of going to a game and how we pay much more than our neighbours. Many Bluenoses believe that, after showing loyalty to the club in the dark days, when they can see some light they are being priced out!

Why does it cost an arm and a leg to watch what once was the working man's game? The answer is simple - Sky TV.

They have thrown obscene amounts of money at football, and greed has taken over our national game.

The real fans, the working class, are now fast going the way of the dodo and being replaced by the Johnny-come-lately middle classes who can afford inflated prices.

But a bigger blight on our game is the players themselves, especially those on pounds 20,000-plus a week.

Without the moderate amount of money that the Zulu fanzine produces I would be unable to follow the club that I have followed for 60 years.

We, the fans of the Blues, have long been denied the success that has been taken for granted by others. And now that it is within sight, we can no longer afford it.

The answer? For clubs to get real and pay players what they are worth - not what they think they are worth!

DAVE SMALL, Redditch
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Aug 22, 2004
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