One of Nottingham Forest’s European Cup legends has criticised the club over prices being charged to fans for a 150th anniversary dinner.
Colin Barrett told Notts TV’s Boot Room he thought the £150 price of an individual ticket for the event was ‘scandalous’.
Barrett played a key role in the club’s victorious 1979 European Cup-winning campaign, scoring the crucial second goal in a first leg tie home tie against Liverpool.
He said if invited he is not planning to go to the May 2 event at the East Midlands Conference Centre, which is billed as a ‘gala dinner’ celebrating the club’s 150th anniversary.
I won’t be going as a protest
Barrett said: “I have to apologise to the Forest fans from an ex-player point of view. But I’ve just heard they are having a celebratory 150-year dinner.
“And apparently the ticket prices are £150 plus VAT, for a dinner. I think that is scandalous.
“£150 a ticket for a black tie do that the club are running – and I won’t be going as a protest. Even though I haven’t been invited. I don’t know how they can justify it, I don’t know where it’s come from – and they’ve just taken 99 per cent of supporters out of the equation [with the price].”
He was speaking on the March 23 edition of Notts TV’s Boot Room Pro Zone programme.
The club announced the event on Wednesday, describing it as featuring a “number of key figures from Forest’s past, along with the current first-team squad”.
It will also include the end of season awards.
According to the club website a ‘premium’ corporate sponsorship table for ten people costs £2,000 plus VAT, ‘diamond’ comes in at £1,500 plus VAT, and a ‘gold’ table for ten is £1,000.
Finally a “limited number of individual gold table tickets are available at £150 plus VAT per person on a first come, first served basis”.
Nottingham Forest are yet to issue a comment.