Retro Football: Newspaper Baulks At The ‘Crazy’ Price Of Match Tickets In 1980 (Photo)

Chris Wright

12th, August 2016

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Arsenal’s Highbury Stadium, circa 1980

The month was July. The year was 1980.

Dear old Margaret Thatcher was busy slowly disassembling the country, unemployment hit the two million mark in the UK for the first time since 1935, Alexandra Palace was gutted by a devastating fire and one newspaper in particular was railing at the thought of having to pay OVER £80 to buy a season ticket at Arsenal…


Photo via The Dark Blues

Using rudimentary conversion, £1 in 1980 equates to roughly £4.50 in today’s fancy money of the future.

So, once scaled up an £84 season ticket at Arsenal in 1980 would cost approximately £385 in today’s money. For the record, the cheapest season ticket at The Emirates for the 2016/17 season is £1,035.

Crazy indeed.

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  1. Dave says:

    So based on inflation my ticket to watch Port Vale this afternoon should cost around £9, whereas I will in fact be paying £22.

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