THERE are many Hartlepool United fans who would argue that even paying £6.52 a game has been a waste of money this season.
But one thing is for sure, you can’t fault the club’s commitment in trying to keep season ticket prices as affordable as possible.
Club officials have again kept adult season tickets at £150 and that stance is to be applauded in these economically challenging times.
But to be honest, did the club have any other choice?
The dismal 2012-13 season - which culminated in relegation to League Two - has been a write-off for supporters and there was a real danger that many might not come back through the turnstiles at Victoria Park next season.
Some fans may not renew of course unless the standard of football drastically improves next season.
But a club the size of Pools can barely survive on gates of between 1,500 to 1,800, which is probably what they would be getting if season ticket prices had been increased to somewhere in the region of £300.
Therefore the club’s hierarchy had to act and keep the prices the same and hopefully sales will remain high.
The club had to act to repay the loyalty of the fans, who have stuck with John Hughes’ team this season despite some turgid and, at times unacceptable, displays.
There are some fans who worry there won’t be the much-needed investment in the playing staff while season tickets remain so low and that is a valid point.
But the club’s chief executive Russ Green has pledged the club can come back stronger and rebuild if the ticket offer gets the support of the fans.
“Let’s stick together and be united in our mission,” he said last week.
As fans, we have to take him at his word.
Once the dust has settled, the deadwood cleared out and (hopefully) the arrival of some new players with a will to win, then Pools fans will of course be back for the new season, re-energised for a promotion push.
The season tickets go on sale at 10am on Tuesday, May 7.
Make sure you’re in the queue to get yours.
– RICHARD MENNEAR