Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Season tickets, programmes and goal music

Bit worrying to come back from holiday and to find no season tickets had arrived, but reassurring to find that others are in the same boat. The sabotage by Palace/Millwall fans with their bottles of bleach seems to have been quite effective!

The new programme format, associated with a rise in price to £3, does not seem to have gone down too well with some fans. There is some criticism of the size, although the club's view is that the original size could not be fitted into a pocket without being bent. The main driver for the club appears to have been a perceived need to offer something a bit new and different, given the price increase.

The concern must be that the combination of price and format change will hit sales. Apparently, football programme sales are declining across the country. Whether this reflects a dissatisfaction with their content or the financial pressures on fans with rising utility bills and council tax (and now increases in mortgage interest) is open to question.

As I recall, the Charlton programme has been bought in the past by about forty per cent of those attending, probably a higher percentage of home fans. That is either a good figure or a challenge to do better depending on how you look at it.

The goal music issue has already been dealt with effectively by Inspector Sands and with great humour by the New York Addick who has deservedly been named by MSN as one of the top thirty blogs. But the argument that many other clubs do it is not one that convinces me. Hopefully we are not as naff as some other clubs.

Wasn't there someone who used to play music when they won a corner? Wimbledon?


Blogger CharltonChris said...

I think I remember that at Selhurt Wyn. Wasn't it some sort of bugle tune?

10:27 AM  
Blogger Kappacino Kid said...

A number of people on Net Addicks complained to the club re music and received the same reply from Sutherland (slimey snake) that this was an experiment, in the same way that Dowie uses the pre season to try things. Although, there is no commitment to not using it during the season. it was also mentioned that they were trialing a new professional pitch side announcer, you are so lucky you were away.

10:53 AM  

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