When Southampton visited Stamford Bridge 20 years ago, the cheapest ticket was £10.
Come the return of that fixture on Saturday tea time, no unaccompanied adult member will get in for less than £47.
That sort of increase, reflected at pretty much all top flight clubs, is at the heart of the complaint that football is being gentrified – excluding its core working class audience.
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Steep ticket prices are not news if you support Chelsea, and in reality Southampton is one of the cheapest category of Premier League games Stamford Bride will host this season.
But it is that 'categorisation' which features prominently in the FSF's call for action this week: particularly hitting some travelling fans; and costing those who support Chelsea more than most.
The Blues' visit to West Ham next month is a case in point. Last weekend's guests at the Boleyn Ground, Norwich, paid the not insignificant ticket price of £45; Chelsea fans, when they go there on 24th October, will have to pay £60.
Nowhere is this type of policy more pronounced than at Arsenal. Fans of some teams, such as Bournemouth, will be charged from £27 a ticket; but fans from clubs including Chelsea and Tottenham must pay up to £71.50. All to watch, and cheer on, their own club.

A view of Arsenal's Emirates Stadium

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Another problem with categorisation is that it is completely arbitrary. Arsenal's price plan includes only one match, of the 11 so far declared, is in the lowest price category; five are in the highest.
Chelsea's own policy is a little clearer, setting out in advance the ticket categories for each set of visitors, and a roughly equal split between each of the three groups.
The gap in prices between opponents is also closer: supports of teams like Manchester United and Liverpool paying £56 and £59, while fans of those including Watford and West Brom are charged £47 and £50.
But one of the important messages here, and one which the Football Supporters Federation is trying to surmount with this unified action, is that this is not a partisan issue.
Discussions about ticket prices in web forums and on social media quickly descent into slanging matches on the basis that 'my club's better than yours'. The FSF wants to unite fans to bring about positive change.
For Chelsea's part, there is an opportunity that lies ahead, with the development of a new ground.
The increasingly likely three-year exile at Wembley will be a marketing challenge for the club. They will wish to lure supporters outside of their usual geographical comfort zone to a ground restricted to just over half full, with a notoriously tepid atmosphere, and poorly catered for in terms internal and external refreshment facilities.
The short-term increase in capacity, to about 50,000, may enable some leeway with pricing, and one imagines promotions will be relied upon for some of the less eye-catching fixtures.

A view of Wembley Stadium

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The new Stamford Bridge, once built, will provide different challenges for both club and fans.
When moving to Earls Court, Battersea or elsewhere came up in 2011, a brickbat used against naysayers was that they would be responsible for the continuing increase in prices at the cramped Stamford Bridge.
But the reality is no English club has cut prices after building a new ground, and most have increased them.
The economics are clear: you have to somehow pay for bricks and mortar.
Chelsea's Stamford Bridge plans do appear to seek to address this, however. One of the more controversial aspects of the development, the hefty increase in the number of corporate seats, and the only incremental addition of those for regular fans, may actually be of advantage.
Any club looks to the average yield per seat as a key figure, and by catering for more well-heeled audiences, there is an effective subsidy on the (already pricey) cheaper seats.
Football has worked well in recent years to attract wider audiences to bring in more cash.
As the FSF says: the new TV deal, which turns viewers heads from the USA to Nigeria to Indonesia, could (if clubs were so minded) result in a £40 subsidy for every seat, for every match, in every ground in the country.
That is the message they will seek to get over through this action on 3rd and 4th October.
The big question is, with ground occupancy at 95% or more in all but five of the top flight's clubs, whether Premier clubs are even listening.
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