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Liverpool fans protest at ticket prices before win over Stoke City


A huge banner was flown at the start of Liverpool FC’s home game against Stoke City, which the Reds won 1-0 after a late goal from Glen Johnson, in protest at high ticket prices.

The sign was emblazoned with the words “Let us tell you the story of a poor boy”.

Smaller flags were also flown to show how the cost of attending a match has rocketed in recent decades, the Liverpool Echo reports .

It surged from £4 in 1990 to £24 in 2000, then to £43 in 2010.

A fourth flag was daubed with a question mark to signify fans’ fears over how much a match ticket will cost in 2020.

The Spirit of Shankly group wrote on Twitter that fans are “supporters not customers”, before declaring: “Enough is enough.”
The most expensive single match adult ticket at Anfield now costs £59, while the cheapest is £37. Tickets for children, disabled people and over 65s cost less.

Fans have held similar protests at Anfield during previous matches.

Last month supporters held up a giant banner emblazoned with the words “£NOUGH IS £NOUGH” and black flags were flown during the Reds’ game against Hull City.

Spirit of Shankly chairman Jay McKenna said at the time: “A lot of people just can’t afford to go to football matches any more.

“A lot of them aren’t even people with kids and mortgages to pay, even people with few respon­sibi­lities are finding they can no longer justify spending £50.

“There is too much else to pay for in life at the moment and people are having to cut back.”

A recent study found football ticket prices have gone up at nearly twice the rate of inflation over the past three years.

In September Spirit of Shankly and Blue Union members demonstrated outside Barclays bank in Liverpool city centre. The bank sponsors the Premiership.


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