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Pompey settle for 3800 tickets

I know I said only yesterday that the FA cup game with United needed to be put on the backburner for now and focus on the next two league games was most important at the moment - starting against Sunderland this weekend - but with the ticket allocation for that game confirmed it needed a mention...

6000 tickets were available to the club and we have decided to take up the option on a little over half the amount, with 3800 requested - and these are on sale to everyone now.

The game is being shown on the box and has the early kick off time of 12.45, so it could be too difficult for some to get to, so they might think it is just as well to watch it on the box. Is 3800 tickets too few, not enough or just right? My own thinking is this is a decent amount.

So far - up until this morning - just over 1000 have been sold, but whatever tickets remain unsold - if they are - the club have to pay for anyway so you can understand why the full allocation has not been taken up.

To be honest if we can sell the full allocation we have taken - and even with the factors mentioned there is every chance - then 3800 will be a very good turnout wouldn't it.

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 21 2008

Time: 11:15AM

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I thought that, for Cup ties, a minimum of 15% of the capacity had to be offered; that's more than 10,000 by my reckoning. Televised or not, I'd always prefer to see Pompey live so to learn that tickets are still available is disappointing. If only I could go myself; Gill would never forgive me though.
UKTony
The ticket office seemed busy - I was quite hopeful that there would be enough demand for the whole 6,000. We MUST get behind the lads for this match - if we want them to win the club we must be there and cheer them on, especially for this really difficult tie.
tracyc
Go on lads - everyone at Vital-Chelsea is rooting for you - very best of luck.
OLASAL
Tony I agree with your maths at 10,000 and tracy yes we do need to get behind the lads. Strange six years ago we had no trouble selling 9,000 for a luncgtime kick off - how times have changed.
eastneydave
and barnsley took 6,000 to anfield, then again its alot nearer and wasnt on tv, but if we dont fill this its ridiculous
jbaker
should of allocated the 6,000 by my knowledge because if people knew 6,000 were being allocated to pompey fans they would decide to go and not think oh its only 3,800 i wont get a ticket so i think there should of been more but im in australia so who am i 2 say
NK19
pompey didnt want to be stuck with the bill did they 'if' we didnt sell all 6000 - i know you have to take into acount traveling costs and time it takes not forgetting its a 12.45 kick off and on the box, but i reckon 38 quid a pop per adult for old trafford isnt bad is it really... i would be 'disappointed' if we didnt sell out the 3800 thb tho.
pompeyrug
I must confess guys I am one of those who have decided not to go - as soon as I saw Sky would be showing it live on HD there was no contest... for those that haven't seen SKY HD: I have a 50" Samsung [1080p] with Dolby Digital surround [crowd all over the room] and the experience is pretty d*mn impressive.
ChrisW
ive never been to old trafford before thats why i am going - if i had, depending on if i 'really' could have afforded it - which i cant tbh - i 'might' have gave it a miss as i wouldve know i could have watched it on tv in anycase, not a 50" tv tho :-) i have a really good feeling about this game tho...
pompeyrug
yep me too, HR is saying the right things now too
ChrisW
not bothering to go - its all the way up in manchester. ill watch us play when we get to wembly.
pompeycarpet
Bit disappointed to be honest, was imagining a mighty army of Pompey fans some 9000 strong! Oh well, the 3800 of us lucky souls that will see it live will have to make up for it!
pompey4me
if 3,800 fans are singing and screaming it will be better than 9000 quiet fans
NK19
...but 9000 fans screaming...that would be something special. well, less special than the 20 000 fans at fratton park...but they would still outsing all of OT.
pompeycarpet
The novelty of going to OT is now limited. It's another very early start for those on the south coast. The real disappointment of having to play them & miss out on a Wembley semi & it's on sky. 3800 for the very, very die hard.
storagematt
Im surprised matt, tbh, thought loads would go.
pompey4me
Sign of the times I'm afraid we are all getting armchair fans.
eastneydave
is further for us travelling up from the westcountry tho isnt it! spare a thought for our driver too, he is coming back down from pompey to meet us in bristol to then going drive up to manchester - weve got one hell of an early start - he even earlier - but im glad to be going...
pompeyrug
Why does PFC have to buy tickets in blocks from Man U and presumably pay for them even if they are not sold to Pompey supporters? In this age of computers, automated ticketing via the internet and agencies, phone booking etc, is it that difficult to have 9,000 seats set aside for Pompey supporters, automatically mark them off one by one as they are sold and then closer to the date realease the remainder for general sale to anyone. There are computer programs available to do this. They use them for theatre tickets, airline tickets, they even use a similar program for Pizza deliveries. Why is it so hard for a football club to do it? It would ensure the ground is a full as it can be.
frattonaussie
money...the home team makes more money if it is done like this, as it means either they are guaranteed to sell the tickets, or they can have the tickets on sale for longer.
pompeycarpet
yep it is basically about the money altho - and i am probably being very, very naive - i would like to also think it is out of 'fairness'... by having to go through the one channel - the club, pompey - i also ensures that those 'most deserving' usually get the chance 1st, and as ive only been to some 4 or 5 games this season in many ways i probably wouldnt be deserving if the tickets were more in demand? in this instance tho they are on general sale to any tom, dick or harry arent they so i dont think season ticket holder, previous ticket purchases from the club and so on come into account in this case do they?
pompeyrug
When you buy a season ticket you could be allocated a PIN number to use to get preferential treatment for these sort of matches.
frattonaussie
I guess there is also the issue of segregation...hence block booking.... I'll have the same issues at home too if my United supporting buddy turns up, lucky we've got two sofas I guess
ChrisW
normally, season ticket holders get access to the tickets first, and if they are oversubscribed, then i goes into a draw as to who has been to the mostay games already. i didnt get to go to the reading game becasue of it...grrrr... (friend has a season ticket, but was told he hadnt been to enough away games or something...) - so they do do that fratton aussie! (oh, and also "PIN number" - whats that? "Personal Identification Number number"? ...sorry, it annoys me ;-)))
pompeycarpet
Rug, when I bought my tickets, they were only selling to customers already on the system, ie, season ticket holders or people that have bought tickets for other games. I asked the lady why, but obviously it was too much trouble to give me an answer....you know how they are!
pompey4me
let's hope the 3800 have a lot to cheer about!
merlin
As a recently converted Pompey supporter I have tried to purchase tickets for this game, but have been told that I can't as I'm not on the "system" already! I had promised I would take my Dad (for a birthday treat) and my son to a game and this seemed like an ideal opportunity to support Pompey. There's another 3 tickets they could have sold!!!!
tonip
Yep tonip, thats what they told me, but they couldnt tell me why, do you know why?? Welcome to the site by the way.
pompey4me
 

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