Another well done to Everton for stopping my young lad from attending his first ever game at Goodison against the Mancs.
I am registered on the e-ticket system but you can only buy 1 ticket per person for the game so I registered my lad too in his own name. Guess what? He can't buy a ticket as he has to have bought a ticket for another game in the past in order to buy one now. Not just a game this season but any game ever.
Question is, how then does he get to go to his first game if he has to have bought a ticket to a previous game in order to get a ticket for his first game?
Chris Leyland, Posted 05/09/2010 at 18:32:04
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1 Posted 05/09/2010 at 19:27:42
2 Posted 05/09/2010 at 19:35:14
I suggest buying tickets for the Newcastle game.
3 Posted 05/09/2010 at 19:56:40
4 Posted 05/09/2010 at 20:15:37
5 Posted 05/09/2010 at 20:17:19
Having said this, Chris - what's wrong with picking up the phone to dial-a-seat?
6 Posted 05/09/2010 at 20:48:12
But last year we never officially sold out (40,000+) in any of the big games, even the Derby had empty seats.
7 Posted 05/09/2010 at 20:56:41
Look at the conditions of certain games before slagging off the club Chris. It's not rocket science, the more prestigious games will be harder to get tickets for than the lesser ones. It's a simple concept.
8 Posted 05/09/2010 at 21:02:29
Others ? yes I could take him to Newcastle but I'd rather Man U for his first game. Nothing like a baptism of fire.
Yes it is a popular game and yes I fully accept certain restrictions for big games. But why have a restriction which discriminates against young, first time fans? Tickets are now on general sale and there are plently left. Why, then say that you must have bought a ticket in the past, even if it was only once 5 years ago (which was actually before my son was born)? No wonder we only sell out once a year if they make it so hard.
Wendy, were you able to buy more than one ticket at the ground, as I'm going past on Monday?
9 Posted 05/09/2010 at 21:45:39
It's not just "young" first time fans though Chris, It's every fan who decides their first game should be a "glamour" game. There simply isn't enough tickets (non restricted views) to go around.
Why should "first time buyers" have priority over those who have being going previously?
10 Posted 05/09/2010 at 21:48:40
11 Posted 05/09/2010 at 22:41:00
12 Posted 06/09/2010 at 06:27:12
13 Posted 06/09/2010 at 07:28:09
On top of that, the extension of the disabled facilities at the Gwladys Street end and the seating in front of Executive Boxes reduced our overall capacity to probably only a little over 40,000, so we are unlikely to see 40k attendances again (unless we expand). I'm quite certain Man Utd will be a sell out come the day.
14 Posted 06/09/2010 at 11:19:52
15 Posted 06/09/2010 at 13:21:55
That said, I'm something of a hypocrite as Man Utd in 85 was my first ever game and its' a shame your son won't be there. Hopefully we can still get something close to the same result.
16 Posted 06/09/2010 at 13:28:30
Hardest thing was keeping my lad from going crazy when we scored, we both failed miserably, however, when Cahill put one in the year before in the 90th minute. Happy days.
17 Posted 06/09/2010 at 14:02:55
It seems either the club will have to change the policy (and potentially allow Mancs in) or put up with empty seats ? and less cash.
18 Posted 06/09/2010 at 14:38:32
19 Posted 06/09/2010 at 14:49:02
20 Posted 06/09/2010 at 18:05:04
As a lad of 8 I was in the ground for 60,000+ attendances (every derby, every Man U game, even 64k v Wolves in a midweek cup replay ffs!). To the OP, I would just tell your lad to be thankful he never had to go in the Boys Pen. I did (once) and thereafter begged my parents to sub me the extra half-crown to go in Gwladys St (4 bob) rather than join the monsters in the Boys Pen (1 and 6).
And no apologies for not converting the old money. Allow an old git his nostalgia-fest........
21 Posted 07/09/2010 at 10:21:13
22 Posted 07/09/2010 at 12:16:12
Everything we do, is a complete and utter shambles - EVERY single time. They never learn.
Just don't go - either of you. They wouldn't be gettin' my fuckin' cash if they'd fucked up like that with me.
You could complain, but that will just annoy you further.
Just watch in on the tele mate; we'll get beat anyway.
23 Posted 07/09/2010 at 13:19:57
24 Posted 07/09/2010 at 14:07:35
On this post ? Chris, you have to accept that there are people in the queue before you. Some fans go home and away and in doing so give up a lot of time and money. Part of the remuneration for such efforts is that they get first refusal. It's only fair and it's a system that ALL Premier League clubs and the FA approve and use.
Take the FA Cup Final at Wembley, there was a clear criteria based on your support loyalty ? if you had been to every FA Cup game home and away watching the blues, you had first refusal, then after those diehards, there were those that had been to (for example) 4 games... 3 games... 2 games... etc. until the tickets had gone.
It's hardly something that you can be critical about ? how would you feel if you attended all of the home and away games last season and this to then be told that you couldn't get a Utd ticket because some 'first timers' wanted to come instead?
Aside from this logic, it also stops ticket touts from buying a load of tickets (although they often still manage to get some) and taking the piss out of genuine fans...
25 Posted 07/09/2010 at 14:41:47
It certainly made it easier for me to get my Cup semi-final ticket, as I knew exactly when I would qualify and could ring up and request to buy it.
26 Posted 07/09/2010 at 14:49:26
Great post. Agree 100%
27 Posted 07/09/2010 at 21:22:17
"Just watch in on the tele mate; we'll get beat anyway."
Would you mind if I nominated you for the "Fan of the Year Award"?
28 Posted 09/09/2010 at 01:52:52
And guess who called me on Wednesday? Everton Football Club asking if I wanted a ticket for the game as quote "there are plently left"... Now I have managed to get 2 from somewere else but just to see the lie of the land I asked if I could have 2. I explained the situation about it being a 5-year-old's first game. The answer: No. I asked why? "club policy" came the reply. I pointed out she had said there were plently of tickets left... but still, No.
So, just to be clear, this is not about ensuring that more loyal fans who go to lots of games don't miss out at the expense of a 5-year-old ? is it? It is no wonder the club is scrambling round in desperation ringing people to offer tickets some 42 hrs prior to kick-off, for what is one of our "big" games.
And finally Ray Robinson how do you know we sold out 7 times last year yet there were not 7 crowds of 40,000? Are we somehow different to the likes of the Mancs, the shite and Spurs who somehow fill their grounds every week? Do 5 or 6 thousand of our fans buy tickets but don't go as they have to go into town shopping with the Mrs?
29 Posted 09/09/2010 at 13:22:55
I imagine Ray means the Everton sections of the ground were sold out. Except for a handful of clubs, the away section at Everton is never full, in fact on many matches it is not even a quarter full, hence the lack of 40,000 crowds.
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