Would you pay £50 to watch a Championship match?

No, me neither. Especially since you could watch a Premier League game for less at 14 out of 20 top-flight clubs. But QPR have different ideas. The club has hiked its most expensive tickets up to £50 a pop at the insistence of the club’s owners.

Formula One high-rollers Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone must have confused Shepherds Bush with Monte Carlo when they pushed through this price increase. Motor racing’s A-listers might be willing to stump up large sums to watch races, but working-class Londoners struggling with the credit crunch are unlikely to pay £50 to watch even the most mouthwatering of second tier matches.

And other clubs seem to have agree. Derby County – who have the right to consider themselves one of the biggest clubs in the division, having played Premier League football last season – have refused to accept their ticket allocation for their game at Loftus Road next week. The Rams said they felt the pricing was too high and unfair, and have refused to accept the increase. The matter has now gone to appeal with the Football League.

Granted, the Hoops have a few celebrity followers, but even Pete Doherty would surely rather pay a bit less and have some change left over for his next score, and Rodney Marsh will probably be too busy with media commitments on a Saturday afternoon.

To put QPR’s new pricing in context, Premier League champions Manchester United charge £55 for the best seats in the house for their biggest games of the season. So would you rather spend £55 on Manchester United versus Arsenal or £50 for the honour of witnessing one of the famously pulsating end-to-end encounters between QPR and Derby County?

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