Big George wrote: ↑
Sun Sep 29, 2019 11:25 pm
Why not speak to all fans? There is a generation of fans growing up who will never know what it’s like to go to an away game because of the AST scheme.
Bond holders guaranteed away tickets, AST, Club London tickets, OSB Freebies should all be scrapped.
Be honest George, what you really mean is you find it difficult to attend as a Father and child combo because you're on radically different points to each other.
The naivity of those that believe getting rid of the Bondholders or scrapping the AST scheme or scrapping priority points will make it easier or fairer for them to get an away ticket is worrying.
Take a Parent and child combo , both go in a ballot , childs name pops out, parents doesn't ........
Or, Vice versa.......
The idea that offing the Bondholders will free up loads more tickets simply isn't true, the absolute, undisputed maximum that could offer up is an additional 808, assuming of course the club don't siphon them off for corporate .....can you see the flaw in your argument yet ?
The points system worked perfectly well up until we moved to stratford.You could argue, with the Everton game likely to reach general sale, it still does.
The increase in the number of AST's in the first season at Stratford, rising from 321 to just over 500 also saw little issues, the debate at the time being around the club not taking full allocations .Incidentally the new AST holders were of a much younger generation to those that used to go in the Boleyn era - there has been a ,marked reduction in the age of our travelling support: the club will have the figures.
The introduction of the £30 cap then saw a surge in demand for away tickets, this is where I believe a real issue lies.One PL club has attempted to address this by charging a fee to be allowed Away tickets. For clarity I'm not advocating that, but when you open up a system for discussion and change don't be surprised if the club comes back with , say, a £99 fee just to be allowed to buy an away ticket .Or £199, or £299....oh, and that's per applicant.
That would reduce the demand overnight.
Those of us that go every week - having followed the rules meticulously for decades - would I'm sure scrape the money together - we have to for bus fares, train fares, petrol, parking, unpaid leave from work - so just another cost is one we would find a way of paying, albeit unhappily because we've been shafted by the M25 ( and south coast if it's a saturday brigade) crew.
But lets get to the real issue, the handing out of tickets to people in corporate lounges to keep them sweet and buying the overpriced seats for home games. Now, it's a practice that has gone on for years, long before we moved, but it's increased dramatically, probably because nobody likes the new gaff, the corporate packages are chronically over priced and they have to be given more "value" to persuade them to keep buying them.
The other not insignificant change is the increase in home season tickets to 40,000 or so.
Why no calls to cap the number of those ? There's a generation of supporters unable to get to home games........meanwhile every week there are thousands of paid for child seats sat empty.....
However, lets be clear, those who have chosen to open this can of worms won't be party to introducing a "fairer" system, merely a different one. A system that will still see legally protected Bondholders have first dibs, followed up by Corporate supporters (in order of spend on home packages), followed by former players and celebrities, followed by the remaining 10% which will go to a ballot.........meaning you still won't be going to Brighton away anytime soon with a child.
Still, at least you'd have ****ed up mine and hundreds of long serving away season ticket holders lives, so all's not lost eh ?
We stuck to the rules, we did the miles, we earned the points, why should we just roll over having spent thousands on travel costs and tickets for decades to allow Graham Gooch to get a ticket for Bournemouth ?