We have been allocated “in excess of 35000 tickets” proclaimed the official site. Whoopee!
This immediately gave rise to several questions:
- How many tickets have we really been allocated? 35001, 40000+ or somewhere inbetween?
- Given Blackpool’s fan base and ground capacity, it always seemed likely that they would struggle to sell anywhere near that figure. Today, their own site is claiming around 23,000 sales – and that with a very generous sale’s technique, contrasting with the strict 1 ticket per season ticket holder or academy member policy at West Ham. What happens to their left over allocation?
- Even if you accept that it is only fair and equitable that each club receives the same allocation, what happens to the other 20,000 tickets that equate to the capacity at Wembley? (Apparently this fixture is not subject to the usual ‘club Wembley’ and corporate allocation).
Then came the enticement of a ticket with a £200 down payment on next season’s season ticket for new applicants. No idea which league we’ll be in but we’ll guarantee you a seat at Wembley. Crafty beggars!
Next, they pushed back the date for a long awaited ‘general sale’ (which we were forewarned might never actually arise) by 24 hours, leaving anxious fans to sweat on the never, never promise and, of course, increasingly likely to crack and spunk up the £200 plus the ticket cost. Not that I would, for even a second, accuse the club of emotional blackmail.
The twitter rumours have been in overdrive. I am guilty of tweeting on more than one occasion that I fully expect a further 5000 tickets to magically appear before Thursday morning. Maybe they will, maybe not. The official figure, released today, claims that just 500 will be available from 9am on Tuesday morning to the general sale punter.
Anyway you look at it, the maths don’t add up. Our 35,000 plus let’s say 25,000 sold in the seaside town. There are plenty of tickets around of course on the net. Livefootballtickets.com will sell you one if you have a spare £340+. Mind you, at that price, you may as well line the club’s pockets and take the £200 down for a season ticket! Plenty have, or so they claim.
Ah well, whatever happens, I reckon we’ll outnumber the seasiders by a good 3:2 on Saturday, turning Wembley into a home fixture.
Oh bugger, we’ve not been that good at home!