COMMENT: Goodwill to all at the Reebok
HOW nice it is to see Wanderers taking the moral high ground when discounting tickets for the New Year’s Day game against Middlesbrough.
When the sides first met in the Championship under two weeks ago, Boro decided to discount tickets to pack the Riverside to welcome new boss Aitor Karanka.
But they chose not to reduce prices for the loyal 859 travelling Whites supporters who forked out £27 for adult tickets – more than double the £12 their Boro counterparts paid.
Wanderers bosses tried to persuade the Teessiders to reduce prices across the board but to no avail and raised their concerns with the Football League.
As it turned out, Boro were within their rights with clubs able to reduce prices up to four times a season as part of local promotion offers.
But it is not in the spirit of the game – whether within the rules or not.
We often hear about the Football League being about real clubs and real fans, but the football family was not sitting at the same table on that occasion.
It is pleasing Wanderers have not responded tit-for-tat for the return game and those Boro fans making the trip to the Reebok on January 1 will be welcomed with the same £15 adult and £5 concession prices.
Christmas is about peace and goodwill to all – the Whites’ gesture shows they value that slightly more than others and should be applauded for that.