Date: 15th April 2008 at 1:53pm
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Fans’ group Wednesdayite have slammed the latest price hikes for Wednesday season tickets next season – which could make them amongst the highest prices in the Championship.

The Owls have endured a torrid time on the pitch this season and are still in the thick of a fight against relegation, with their league status for 2008-09 still unclear going in to the final three matches of the season.

But just hours before the Owls’ huge Championship clash with Plymouth Arglye last night, the club announced big price increases in season tickets for next season which have seen fans on Vital Sheffield Wednesday and across the internet message boards condemn the decision, with many insisting they just can’t afford to buy a season ticket next season.

And Wednesdayite have acted quickly in offering a response to the price rises – which could see Wednesday fans paying over £500 for League One football next season.

Wednesdayite commented: ‘Historically we have been sympathetic to the club’s pricing policy as our ticket prices were well below the average for this league, in recognition of our debt and our desire to compete in the Championship.

‘However, despite being promised that we would be challenging for a play off place this season we have sold a number of our best players and we have all been let down with a very worrying relegation battle on the back of a very difficult decade.

‘We therefore cannot see any justification for rises of this magnitude being imposed on our very loyal and long suffering fans.

‘Across the city we see prices substantially lower than ours. This is ludicrous and is a kick in the teeth for Wednesday fans and how can we expect to attract new youngsters – the fans of the future – when young Wednesday fans have to pay more than £100, particularly when young Blades get theirs for free?

The statement continued: ‘We have received so many complaints already about these prices, the message boards are overflowing condemning them and you would think they would be doing all they can to fill those empty seats to try to generate a better atmosphere and reward fans for their fantastic support over the years.

‘Several clubs in the Championship are reducing or freezing prices yet we have a double digit increase!’

The current takeover talk surrounding the club rolls on as the Owls battle against the drop.

And Wednesday chief executive defended the price rises and explained on SWFC.co.uk that Owls boss Brian Laws’ budget could well be shaped by the number of season tickets sold for next season.

He said: ‘As always, season ticket sales go a long way to determining the manager’s budget, to allow him to strengthen the playing squad. Therefore, we look forward to your continuing excellent support and buying your 2008/09 season ticket.’

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