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News of away ticket prices might highlight a new disturbing reality for Villa fans this year

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Sheffield Wednesday v Cardiff City - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

Hillsborough is one of the most majestic stadiums in English football. It’s narrative is a web spun with history, triumph and of course - tragedy.

Aston Villa fans thinking of making the pilgrimage to Sheffield for Villa’s opening game of the season might want to reconsider that trip after Sheffield Wednesday announced a mediocre allocation and a distastefully high price for the away tickets.

So yeah - Villa fans can expect to be charged £42 and only around 2000 will be attending. #againstmodernfootball much? I mean, we use that hashtag ironically sometimes, but I think the majority of fans assumed the Premier League and its inflation was the problem.

Wednesday are classing Villa as a ‘category A’ game. The same classification we would give to teams like Manchester United and Liverpool. I’m honoured that teams are treating Villa as the big deal we think we are, but frankly - Villa fans just aren’t as wealthy as the club and we shouldn’t have to carry Villa’s burden of being popular. It’s not like United fans being charged £70 to visit a pretty poor Danish side in the Europa League, this is fans from Birmingham going up the road to watch a relatively secure football club in Sheffield.

I don’t think I’ve ever been priced out of Premier League matches, but I can’t afford £42 pounds and a train to Sheffield. I’ve been thinking of making the trip since Villa were relegated, but it just doesn’t seem worth it anymore. I can’t support this. Matt of The Villa View had a lot to say as well:

I get why we charge such high prices for home games, clubs need to make money - but I’d take a £30 ticket any day over this, even though #twentysplenty.

Just because some Championship clubs go under the radar, doesn’t mean they can charge what they want. Yes, they need to make cash somehow, but eventually, they can only blame themselves when no-one turns up.