Final Tickets sold out, Just like 16,000 of the fans.

May 5, 2011 by
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The scramble for the F.A. Cup final tickets is over as City have sold the 25,000 seats. Like wise Stoke City have sold their 25,000. For the semi final City and Untied were awarded 33,000 tickets a piece. The problem with the  final is the F.A. give out tickets to the volunteers and corporate who are awarded for their service. Many people have asked the question would it not be a bit fairer to the clubs if these seats were given to the fans of the clubs in the final ? The short answer and right answer is YES.

The charity shield is were all the freebies belong, now before I get people jumping down my neck about the people who do this, and do that, for the community. I will be the first to appalled them and say “have some free match days tickets to any club you like under the F.A. or tickets to the Charity shield for a nice day out”
Not the F.A. cup final which so many City and  Stoke fans have waited and prayed for. Its a historical day for both clubs and the fans, however a lot of the  supporters and season card holders just wont get a chance to be there you could say fair enough, but to cut by the number of tickets from  the semi final to the final is something which should be addressed by the F.A. in the future. To show I’m not bias the same can be said for Untied and Barcelona fans with the number for the biggest match in the Champions League cut right down. The top match for your choosen club and the fans cant get a fair share of the tickets makes you wonder.

I know they say its for Volunteers but the true fact is as we all know its for all the Big Wigs,  friends and families and of course the celebrities and their entourage.

We all are aware a small amount of the tickets go to real give up your free time volunteers and the rest are just given to people in the know. The glamorous faces of celebs who could barely name a handful of players from each team. Watch on match day as the cameras point out who’s there with a wack of fake tan on them. I always wonder how did you manage a ticket ? and do they even support either team?   Just go back over the years and see actors,musicians, and the hated reality faces  pop up with friends and family in toe.

I Can understand if the likes of the Gallagher brothers, Johnny Marr, Andrew Flintoff, Ricky Hatton, or in the case of famous Stoke City fans Neil Hancock, Ted Hankey and Julian Clarey as they have always been to matches over the years but Katie Price ? Sugerbabes?  Housemates from Big Brother ?  X factor runner ups ? the list goes on and on.

The questions is not how do these people get tickets, but why over the fans that truly deserve them.


8 Comments on Final Tickets sold out, Just like 16,000 of the fans.

  1. Blue on Thu, 5th May 2011 7:04 pm
  2. Yes, the people who put a lot into football should be rewarded but I don’t see how rewarding Liverpool, Notts Forest, Rotherham and Exeter fans etc with tickets for a Man City v Stoke game helps?

    Surely these people should be rewarded with a chance to see their national team play at Wembley? The chances are they would be getting to see a team they support play and they would also not be denying the followers of the two cup final teams the chance to possibly see a once in a lifetime achievement for their team.

    The FA needs to start thinking logically.

  3. sr on Thu, 5th May 2011 7:43 pm
  4. Sorry but if I volunteer for something its not usually to get something out of it other than the satisfaction of the deed.

  5. James Redmond on Thu, 5th May 2011 7:46 pm
  6. I agree with every single sentiment expressed – I am a Stoke fan, I have a ticket and, as I’m sure it is with you, being in an FA Cup Final is simply massive. It is a pity that it is so important that, as supporters of our clubs, we can’t turn round and tell the FA where they can stick it. They abuse the loyalty of fans as it is – having the semi-finals at Wembley is a clear indication of this.

    Enjoy the game.

  7. Brian Roban on Thu, 5th May 2011 7:48 pm
  8. Thats why I would volunteer for the deed however the perks seem to be good also why tickets are sold on the black market. Nice mark up on cup final tickets.

  9. Slacker on Thu, 5th May 2011 10:58 pm
  10. James Redmond – what you said, sir. 100%.

  11. blue-peter on Fri, 6th May 2011 8:48 am
  12. Totally agree. For something as important as the FA Cup the tickets should be split half and half for the whole ground. It is too important a game to reduce the allocation by this amount. I would make an exception for our servicemen and women who do a real job for the country.

    There are plenty of other high profile games where they can give freebies to the prawn sandwich brigade

  13. zorrin drax on Fri, 6th May 2011 2:24 pm
  14. katie Price, no
    Sugababes, yes.

  15. Graham Peak on Fri, 6th May 2011 2:25 pm
  16. I can’t speak for Stoke City but I believe that Manchester City have done the best they can for the most loyal supporters.
    The competition is called the FA Cup and it is the FA who call the shots. It’s always been like that and we knew it back in January when we played Leicester. No point in bleating about it now.
    The problem is that it is only the supporters of the cup finalists that get annoyed each May. The FA know this and do nothing about it.
    You’ll have more luck herding cats than getting all supporter groups to work together and protest on this issue.

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