Well, that went better than expected. This isn’t a post gloating over anything, but there’s a little bit more to say now.
The Huddersfield fans who paid the money had a top day out – good for them. The ones who didn’t saved £36 – good for them, though it would be interesting to see how many think the result was worth £36 now.
The only losers, both on and off the field, were Leeds Utd.
The game had 23,000 odd fans in attendance. Previous games between the two, a division below, had 36,000 and 32,000 (rough figures). The question is this. Given that Huddersfield failed to sell 1,000 tickets, will Leeds Utd act on the fact that 8,000 and more of their fans have voted with their feet? How much revenue is that missing from their matchday takings?
It might be that they think the club is being unsuccessful, it might be the ticket price, but there’s concrete evidence from yesterday (and Tuesday, only 17,000 watched Peterborough, I think) that a large number of fans will not pay £36 (max) to watch Leeds.
The time for action is now. It will be interesting to see what Leeds do from here, if anything, to bring fans back to Elland Road for the run-in. I might have a look if anyone has looked into their attendances in any depth, and if not, do it. Watch this, pardon the empty seat reference, space.