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Cup final tickets - credit where it's due

Cup final tickets - credit where it's due

Portsmouth Football Club and Ticketmaster were heavily criticised for the way tickets for the FA cup semi final were organised and sold - in many cases rightly so, in some probably unfairly so...

In all fairness Portsmouth Football Club then held up their hands and said 'yes we did some things wrong'. But what we also have to remember is that although we have used Ticketmaster for tickets this season the organisation of what 35,000 tickets was always going to be difficult and was something new to us and the club, ok maybe it should not have been to them though. As a result our voices were heard and the way tickets for the final have been organised and allocated has been much, much better and smoother - have you really heard many complaints about the way the process of ordering tickets has gone this time round? Not really.

Some were unhappy at the way that we could only order in blocks, for example you might be in the Fratton End but have friends in the North Stand but this time you could not sit with them, but the way the tickets were been broken down I think has made it work all the more smoothly. At the end of the day you must have got to know those sitting around you, and are in most probability sitting with friend's week in week out anyway - or in the same stands as friends - so sitting with them is not an issue really is it? When all is said and done though the harshest answer of all could be if you so desperately wanted to sit with someone else at Wembley why are you not doing this week in week out throughout the season anyway?

The club listened to the fans and organised the tickets as best they could, and as I say I feel credit should go where it is warranted to be honest.

I also think that a hell of a lot of thanks, credit and praise should be given to Peter Storrie - ok he might have thrown a wobbler when meeting one lot of fans - and the people at the Ticket Office, particularly Elaine Giles.

Put it this way guys, I know not everyone that has been to the '3 or more games needed' could get a ticket as they were not the named person who ordered but they said that if you put forward your case they would 'look into it' and Storrie and Giles did this and have in many instances been able to help - I am sure they could not help everyone as it would not have been physically possible to allocated tickets to every single person that could have qualified that has asked, but I have not come across one single person that has pleaded their case and not been helped!

I am not going to lie, sometimes the people at the Ticket Office have been about as helpful to me as a chocolate teapot would be, some would not so much as give me the time of day and this winds me up, but on the whole for the cup final process I think they have done Portsmouth Football Club proud and I for one will be raising a glass in toast of them prior, and hopefully after the cup final, and would hope that those of you helped by the club would do so likewise.

If you have any messages that you would like passed onto Elaine Giles, Peter Storrie or the Ticket Office as a whole please forward them to me via email and/or leave a comment below I will get them all forward at once to the club to show the support and appreciated that has been felt by many - come on guys share your thoughts and like I have give credit where it is due...


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Date:Wednesday April 30 2008
Time: 1:16PM


They have done well because they responded to the problems of the semi final and attempted to find a better way. It was a much less stressful experience for season ticket holders and others were dealt with by the office sympathetically. Thanks to all involved.
30/04/2008 13:33:00
We share 2 season tickets between 4 of us and as such only 2 of our group got official rights to the season tickets (we drew straws). I pleaded our case to Peter Storrie and have had no reply as yet and with all tickets sold out I don't hold out much hope. While I commend the club for trying to reward seemingly more loyal fans, I can't help feeling a little hard done by!
30/04/2008 14:08:00
No doubt getting tickets for the Community/Charity Shield in August will quite straight forward too. Who do we want to play Manure or Chelski?
30/04/2008 14:17:00
manure have had a great seaon, they won the community shield, they didnt care about the carling cup, so put out a reserve team against coventry, and they are favourites for prem and champ league... only team to really stop them this season?
30/04/2008 14:29:00
i would rather play chelsea...avram owes us one!
30/04/2008 16:12:00
You will win by four goals i think...
30/04/2008 21:43:00
As a "date base case", I was very pleased when Elaine Giles responded promptly to my letter which said I bought two tickets each week and not one. I was told that if I supplied my debit card i would be assured of two tickets within ten days. Alas, not only have 15 days passed, but also my "day" which was the 28th April, (the day for my category to get tickets) has passed and I still have nothing. I don't even have the original letter I was sent with my allocation number on it, as she took that with my debit card and did not return it. I have been assured that if I gave my debit card number in, then I will get my tickets and I am to give it another ten days. You can imagine my trepidation when I read in tonight's evening news that all Cup Final tickets have now been sold.......
01/05/2008 00:25:00
good luck Gandor, I know of a few that got through via Ticketmaster Manchester, some just said they were on the database and got tickets! Don't know if it will be checked later or not
01/05/2008 06:22:00
Rug You know my previous dealings with Elaine on a separate matter. She has always been friendly, attentive and willing to help when she can. I'm glad she and her team are now "publicly" getting some credit for the work they do.
01/05/2008 07:51:00
Gandor you will get your tickets, if elaine promised you tickets then you will get them - she wouldnt screw you over.
what you have to bare in mind all cup final tickets are now sold, and this will include your tickets - altho i dare say a 'few' are still around with supporters clubs maybe getting alittle more if their allocation was too low... you will get them.
01/05/2008 08:33:00
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