Boro back fans over Goole’s price hike

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Scarborough Athletic chiefs have decided to back their fans over the Boxing Day price debacle at Evo-Stik South opponents Goole.

Boro may have won the game 3-1, but a sour taste was left in the mouth after the East Yorkshire club opted to up entry prices from the usual £7 to £9.

Boro fans cheer at the Goole match. Picture:Martin Dowey

Boro fans cheer at the Goole match. Picture:Martin Dowey

Allegedly many Goole fans were charged the regular price to enter the Victoria Pleasure Grounds.

This move infuriated fans and has resulted in club chairman Dave Holland penning a strongly-worded letter to the Evo-Stik League committee.

Holland said: “The sad thing is that football in Scarborough has always had a good relationship with Goole, so that is why it left a lot of bad feeling among a lot of people.

“We have spoken to the league and they have said that raising the prices for one game isn’t illegal, but they don’t like the practice.

“Since then we have discovered that Goole fans were allowed into the ground for the usual £7, rather than the £9 that our supporters were being charged.

“Because of this we have agreed to write a letter of complaint and we’ll see what happens from there.

“We wish Goole well as a club, but the whole thing just seemed very unfair, especially as nobody was notified of the upping of the prices.

“The issue will not be dealt with by the league until their next meeting at the end of January and we are completely unsure of what they will decide to do.

“Maybe the whole thing needs looking at when we go to the next annual general meeting.

“Clubs might want to vote on whether to make the upping of prices for one game against the rules.”

Goole assistant manager Curtis Woodhouse was one of many people to take to Twitter after the game to discuss the issue.

The former Birmingham City midfielder wrote: “If its £7 all year round then that’s what it should stay.”