Forest legend calls prices for club’s 150th anniversary dinner ‘scandalous’

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.

Forest say a ‘limited number’ of £150 individual tickets are on sale

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.

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