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Wembley ? No place for Neutrals

By Sandra Williams :  29/05/2009 :  Comments (3) :

A lot has been written recently about the ongoing annual fiasco of Cup Final ticket allocations (words like ?Day? and ?Groundhog? spring to mind!).

Phrases like ?Family of Football? have been bandied around by the FA as if loyal fans of the teams actually involved in the final are somewhat the ?black sheep? of this so-called family! The FA pay lip service to us by only giving the bare minimum to each participating club. They then allocate over 40,000 to ?others? and leave us genuine fans feeling like the poor relation who has to be tolerated at a big family celebration. To make matters even worse the FA then have the cheek to request that fans do not buy tickets from touts! The FA obviously cannot see beyond their padded seats, glossy programmes and champagne cocktails that THEY are the biggest touts of all.

As an Everton Season Ticket holder (with the right number of credits!) I?m lucky enough to be going to the Cup Final, as I did for the semi-final, and to be honest it is a bit like winning the lottery to have that ticket in your hand! I just feel so sorry that every genuine Evertonian cannot be inside that stadium at 3 O?clock on Saturday.

However, I can guarantee that each and every one of us who are there will make a noise far more worthy than our meagre allocation! We will show the ?neutrals? at Wembley just how genuine fans support their Cup Final team!

Should the worst happen and the fates decree that we don?t win, it would be even more impressive if every Evertonian remained in the stadium at the end to cheer each and every one of our players who have worked so hard to turn our seasons traumatic start into one with a fitting finale.

BUT if there is a God and we manage to beat another of the ?Top Four? media darlings then believe me, the neutrals in the ground will be wishing they could reach for some E-On sponsored ear-plugs!!

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Micky Norman
1   Posted 29/05/2009 at 16:15:04

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Having been offered several tickets at extortionate prices by members of the so called "family of football" and knowing plenty who have bought them from this "family"I can see that its the FA’s way of giving them the chance to earn a good few quid for being a member of the "family". It’s corrupt, sickening and bloody immoral. I wouldn’t want to be a member of a family like theirs.
Matthew Douglas
2   Posted 29/05/2009 at 17:34:47

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The allocation debacle is an absolute disgrace but what do you expect from the FA these days. I’m sure every Evertonian will do us proud at Wembley (just like the semi).

Chris Hadden
3   Posted 29/05/2009 at 21:16:55

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I was lucky enough to get tickets for the semi-final and sang and cheered as loud and as passionately as anyone within Wembley that day. Unfortunately I live 200 miles from Goodison Park and so a season ticket is out of the question, and therefore I am no able to see my beloved blues tomorrow.

On the way home from the Everton semi-final, I sat on the train with fellow blue noses and others from the game. One man, clearly not a football fan, said he thought Drogba had played well and that he liked that we?d beaten Liverpool... This is the FA?s football family, men and women uninterested in football, ignorant of the passion that each supporter whether Everton or Chelsea holds. Yet it will be them sitting inside Wembley tomorrow and not me, I will be forced to sit at home crushed every time I see an empty seat.

The FA needs to heed some of it?s own advice, "respect". The FA needs to respect the people that run it, the fans, cause we are the ones who fund it. Respect us by letting us see our team and we will respect you

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