Boxing Day Ell for furious Latics fans

Wigan Athletic v Leeds United Elland Road December 4, 2013, Leeds 2 Latics 0 - Ben Watson
Wigan Athletic v Leeds United Elland Road December 4, 2013, Leeds 2 Latics 0 - Ben Watson

A GROUP of Wigan Athletic fans has threatened to boycott the club’s Boxing Day fixture at Leeds due to “ridiculous” ticket prices set by the Yorkshire club.

Adults would need to fork out £36 in advance or £41 on the door to attend the game while over 60s, students and young adults (aged 16-21) would need pay £24, or £29 at the ground.

When the two sides met at Elland Road a decade ago in the same division, adults were charged £19 and juniors were charged £13.

Such steep prices have sparked outrage amongst Latics supporters with one leading fan website, This Northern Soul, organising fan boycott.

An article on its website, entitled Just Say No, written by season ticket holder Alan Moore, said: “You can go to the game, pay your money and moan about the cost and then do the same again, and again, and again. Or. You can go and do something else, watch another game, go to the pub with your mates, go spend your money in the sales. Tell Leeds that football fans aren’t a captive audience, there to be ripped off because we’ll come no matter what and whatever your reason you can tell people that you’re not going to the game because Leeds have over stepped the mark.”

Mr Moore has also written to Latics asking for their support with alternative arrangements for fans to make a donation to the Brick homeless charity instead.

The ticket details come as Latics unveiled an offer for their home game against Sheffield Wednesday of just £10 for adults and £5 for juniors.

Wigan Athletic supporters club chairman Jason Taylor said: “There needs to be some sort of reciprocating deal put in place. It is ridiculous that Leeds fans can get here for about £20 and we’re paying more than double to go to their place. The fans are the ones that are suffering, it’s the worst time of year to go away.

“The Football Fans’ Federation are pushing “20’s plenty” for games and Wigan are already within that, it’s about time other clubs were too.”

A Latics spokesman added: “We understand fans’ frustrations and appreciate their level of support. However, this is a situation that is out of our control.”

A full breakdown of prices for home fans isn’t available on the Leeds United website but it says they start at £24 for adults and £5 for juniors.

A club spokesman said: “The match ticket pricing structure for this game is Category A. The visitors seating area is located in the John Charles West Stand. Visiting fans are being charged the same prices as home fans in comparable seating areas.”