Date: 26th May 2007 at 4:35pm
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Aberdeen have announced that the season ticket prices will be frozen for next season.

This will go some way perhaps to attracting back the fans who have gone AWOL in the last season as Pittodrie gates fell to an average of 13,000.

Season tickets are available from the clubs official website RedWeb or by calling the club`s Ticket Office on 087 1983 1903.

Fans will save around £20 on their season book if they sign up before Saturday 30th of June and this will please fans who on the Vital Aberdeen poll which asked why the gates were down this season, a whopping 50% of voters selected that it was because football is simply too expensive.

The poll attracted an excellent response with hundreds of supporters casting their thoughts so it`s good to see the club has recognised that finances are playing a huge part in turning supporters from the matches.

Pittodrie is by no means the most expensive and tickets are available at the gate for as little as £16 without concession but with so much live football being screened each week, fans are less likely to fork out the hard cash to go along and support the Dons.

Cost is the primary motive for fans not turning up but 18% of people who voted said they thought the reason fans weren`t attending was because they would like to see more attacking play than the current team was serving up.

Jimmy Calderwood is aware of that fact and is currently trying to secure to Dutch players who he feels can add flair, invention and excitement to his team of pacey work horses and battlers.

Calderwood can feel relived that only 4% admitted they don`t like him or are staying away because they think the team is poor but 7% of fans revealed that they are bored with the SPL, a league which sees only one team change each season, little foreign international standard class in any side and the teams playing each other a probable four times in a term but more in cup competitions and more again if replays are taken into consideration.

The full results are posted below and whilst Aberdeen as club can do much to improve their own attendances, the head chiefs of the SPL must also look at the league they have created and sort out a new blueprint that will have fans following their teams at every club in Scotland again.

Full Poll results.

Too Expensive 50%

oor Stadium 2%

ored With SPL 7%

on`t Like Calderwood 4%

aiting Till They Get Better 3%

ant More Attacking Play 18%

ust Watch The Highlights Later 4%

upport Someone Else 7%

nother Reason 5%

Do you agree with these results?

ive us your view in more detail as to why Pittodrie suffered declining attendance numbers despite their best league finish in years by logging in and posting your thoughts in the Vital Aberdeen Forum.

We`d especially like to hear the views of the fans who had “Another Reason” as to why they had stopped going.

Thanks for your views and please leave them again in the new Vital Aberdeen Poll which asks which position Jimmy Calderwood needs to strengthen first for next season?