Catlin: Price freeze for the fans

Good news for Pompey fans. Picture: Joe Pepler
Good news for Pompey fans. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey’s price freeze on early bird tickets is a reward for the Fratton faithful’s loyalty.

That is the view of Mark Catlin following the announcement of next season’s prices.

Although there has been a marginal increase in top prices, those who opt to renew their existing seats before July 12 will pay the same amount.

It means, once again, an adult could pay as low as £280 for a season ticket for the 2014-15 campaign.

Share holders in the Pompey Supporters’ Trust will once again receive discounts, as will those who pay by cash or cheques.

Tickets go on sale from 10am today, with the Alliance Lounge behind the Fratton end open for those wishing to buy in person.

And Pompey’s chief executive insists the club’s board were adamant they wanted to do right by the fans.

He said: ‘We wanted to reward fans for their support this year and financially we are in a position to do it because of the excellent work which has gone on by staff behind the scenes.

‘I suppose if finances were not so good then we could have been looking at any way we could to get the money back – but fortunately that does not apply to us.

‘For all the groundwork off the field, it is also well documented we are slightly disappointed with how it has gone on the field this year.

‘As a result, the board doesn’t think it is correct or prudent trying to increase it on the back of such a situation.

‘In addition, in our recent fan survey, the overriding majority who took part said we were almost spot on with the prices.

‘So if it ‘ain’t broke then don’t fix it.

‘And this is a reward to the fans for their continued loyalty.’