Arsenal fans and visiting supporters will be well aware that the Gunners have various categories for ticket prices - and that is not uncommon. But, given that so far this season FA Cup gates have only been about 2/3rds of average league crowds across the board, making a mid-week replay a high category game looks optimistic.
The irony is Swansea fans paid only £25.50 for the Premier League fixture earlier this season but are being asked to stump up £35 for the cup replay. Experience shows that if anything Cup ticket prices need to be less to attract season ticket holders who have to pay extra for Cup games.
Arsenal made a decison to make FA Cup games category B games irrespective of the opposition or circumstance and that may well back-fire if they get a reduced crowd fro the game.
The latest issue comes on the back of news this week that Manchester City had returned 900 tickets for Sunday's Premier League clash after fans refused to pay £62 for what is a category A game. Football Supporters Federatin's. Chair Malcolm Clarke put it, “Football isn't immune from the economic situation and just because City have a lot of money it doesn’t mean their supporters have.”
Match-going fans all too often must pay through the nose to watch their team. The problem is particularly acute for away fans who must also cover the additional costs of transport, food and refreshment that come with following your team across the country.