There is a common moan today that football is in danger of pricing itself out of the market, and considering the cup final ticket prices today that could well be the case.
The picture shows a ticket purchased for the game back in 1971, when Villa (then in the old Third Division) took on top flight Spurs in the League Cup Final at the “old” Wembley, before 100,000 spectators, and lost 2-0.
In stark contrast to today’s prices, the ticket then cost 60p.
That’s approx ninety times increase over 40 years, or put another way, an increase of around 9000%.
This is many times the general rate of inflation. I’m sure we all wish wages had risen by the same percentage.