Reading Football Club this week announced prices for Season Tickets ahead of the 2023/24 EFL League One season. Many supporters were dismayed to see prices increase over the prior season despite the drop from The Championship into the third tier of English Football.
We acknowledge that prices have been static for a number of seasons, and that an increase would inevitably be required, but to have it come at this stage when fans have just been delivered the blow of relegation is a difficult situation.
Of great concern is that the announcement is the first major communication from the club since that relegation was confirmed. We have yet to hear from Senior Leadership as to what actions have been taken thus far, and when fans can expect more information on the new manager, how we will be operating as a club going forward, and what to expect for those behind the scenes who may face cutbacks as the club adjusts to life in a lower division.
News that we have seen a great response in terms of sales of new and renewed Season Tickets is of no surprise, as our loyal fanbase will always support this club regardless of which league they find themselves in. It is critical that Reading Football Club understand that this loyalty deserves the respect and consideration to be open and address our circumstances with those fans directly.
Leading with a call to lend financial backing to the club during a tough economic climate for many, while remaining silent on where we stand as regards the owner’s commitment, the process by which we are selecting our new manager and the reality of how the club will operate next season, is thoroughly backwards and does not paint the club in good light.