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When The Fan Was King

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 these crazy player wages
that they allow to be
they spiral madly up and up
so far from you and me
whilst those who play have no idea
just what the fan goes through
the choices that they have to make
to do what they must do
it’s like a virus we’ve designed
it ruins everything
we’ll never see those times again
when the fan was king

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 back when season tickets cost a hundred
at any club wherever near or far
when getting into games would cost us merely
the same as going to the cinema
the price of football has become outrageous
it turns away the like of you and I
who grew up near the ground and team we followed
before the costs of going grew sky-high
when we would stand together with each other
the atmosphere would rise as would sing
how sad to see the way it’s going
as they forget the days the fan was king

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 they’ve sanitised our world beyond our nightmares
they’ve packaged us like cardboard cut-out clones
they’ve brainwashed stewards to evict the noisy
they’ve carefully destroyed our football homes.
while e’vry season prices rise like crazy
with no attempt to curb the tests they bring
as fans we must unite against this madness
to make them realise the fan is king

Click here to watch a great piece on Germany:Price of Football 2014: Borussia Dortmund’s British appeal

BBC Sport travelled to Germany to find out if the Bundesliga really does look after its fans and offer good value for money.

Reporting for the BBC’s Price of Football study, Ben Smith discovered the cheapest season ticket at Borussia Dortmund costs £160, compared to more than £1,000 at English Premier League club Arsenal, and the average price of a match-day ticket is about £13.

Not only that, he bumped into a growing number of British fans opting to take in a game at the 65,718-capacity Westfalenstadion, upset at the prices they have to pay at home.

For Dortmund’s league matches, when standing is permitted, the stadium can hold up to 80,720 fans.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/when-the-fan-was-king/