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Collingwood Magpies fans left fuming as plane tickets SKYROCKET ahead of AFL final with Sydney Swans

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Magpies fans left fuming as plane tickets SKYROCKET ahead of the club’s prelim in Sydney next week… but the president says he’ll ‘blow them up himself if he has to’

  • Collingwood fans are outraged by soaring plane tickets to Sydney for AFL prelim
  • Club President Jeff Browne has urged fans to make the journey any way they can
  • Browne says the support is important and he’s ‘putting them up himself if he has to’

Collingwood Magpies fans are outraged after flights to Sydney for Saturday night’s preliminary final have risen dramatically, but club president Jeff Browne has urged fans to come to Sydney by any means necessary.

Fans on social media have been lashing out at both Virgin and Qantas in the past 24 hours, with return flights to Sydney costing a minimum of $1000 with Qantas.

Browne has told the press that his fans are the best in the AFL and that they will all be needed in Sydney for the Swans-Magpies match.

Collingwood fans are outraged at airline price hikes, with many taking to social media to vent about the price hikes ahead of Saturday’s preliminary final in Sydney

Collingwood president Jeff Browne wants all Pies fans to come to Sydney however they get there - he's even offered to drive some himself

Collingwood president Jeff Browne wants all Pies fans to come to Sydney however they get there – he’s even offered to drive some himself

“We are on our way to Sydney to play our way to a grand final, and I want as many Collingwood fans as possible. Inside and outside the ground. Even if they have to stand outside the ground and listen to the roar,” Browne said News Corp.

“We came to the MCG and drew over 90,000 spectators and we played against a team from Western Australia. There’s one team in the league that draws the crowd, and that’s Collingwood.”

A tweet featuring Melbourne-Sydney's inflated airline prices that fans have called 'obscene' and 'disgusting'

A tweet featuring Melbourne-Sydney’s inflated airline prices that fans have called ‘obscene’ and ‘disgusting’

Collingwood fans are outraged by airline price hikes and have taken to social media to voice their opinion with questionable spelling

Collingwood fans are outraged by airline price hikes and have taken to social media to voice their opinion with questionable spelling

On Sunday evening, a spokesperson for the Qantas group said the airline would review its schedule to see if it could add more flights in the coming days.

“$1,600 for a 90-minute flight is obscene,” a Pies supporter said on Twitter.

“That will avoid most of Collingwood’s army,” said another.

‘That’s just disgusting, is that Virgin? I will never fly with them again,” said a third.

The SCG has 48,000 fans, so there are only 28,000 tickets available for club members. The 50-50 split means Collingwood members got 14,000 tickets, but that could increase if Swans members didn’t take their full share.

Ash Johnson of the Magpies in action during the first semi-final showdown against Fremantle - the exciting forward will be crucial for his side this weekend

Ash Johnson of the Magpies in action during the first semi-final showdown against Fremantle – the exciting forward will be crucial for his side this weekend

When asked if the Pies army should use whatever means necessary to get to the SCG, Browne replied, “I’ll deploy buses, I’ll set up planes, I’ll drive them up myself if I have to.”

The Collingwood club does indeed have an incredible fan base – with over 100,000 registered members – and many fans are expected to drive north in convoys for the preliminary finals.

Airlines have faced criticism for years about jacking up their prices around footy finals, but it’s mainly been a problem for interstate teams.

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