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Pompey announce 'platinum' scheme

Pompey have announced a new ticketing scheme for the coming season. Hold onto you hats as I am not sure you are going to like it - I do not to be honest...

If you want a ticket to watch the more 'high profile' desirable games at Fratton this season, which are classed as 'platinum matches' and include the likes of Arsenal, Chelski, Manyoo, Liverpool and 3 others you must buy tickets for the 7 corresponding games, the ones viewed as less desirable, these are 'silver matches' and they include Bolton, West Brom, Hull and Blackburn plus again 3 others.

Good news though - element of sarcasm here in case you did not get it! 'Gold matches' can be purchased independently, as can the 'silver matches'...

I am not an advocate of this idea at all, because the way I view it in essence you are being 'forced' to buy tickets for a game that you might not have wanted to go to to be able to go to one that you do - to be honest I think it's a disgrace!

I do find it frustrating that some fans decide to come along only when 'the big boys' come to town, but when others - their smaller brothers! - do they do not want to know but that is a personal choice, and each to there own I guess.

It makes no odds to me who we play as I will be there being a season ticket holder. In the past I would go regardless - if I could afford it and if I could get to the game, which living in Devon and having no transportation of my own could be difficult, but I will battle on with the trains this season.

At the end of the day my thinking is you go to games that you want to - assuming you can get a ticket.

This scheme appears to be taking away your right to pick and choose your own games and I cannot see how this 'benefits' the fans at all? How can basically 'forcing' you to go to one game in order to see another be right? You can argue that being a fan you should want to see Pompey more and more no matter who we play, but it does not work like that in the real word for a multitude of reasons...

Maybe you cannot afford to go to both games?
Maybe you would not be available on the date of the other game?
With kick offs changing all the time maybe this other game would then by unmanageable?
Quite simply, maybe you just do not want to go to the corresponding fixture - as a fan this is your right!

As said, I am a season ticket holder - and as also mentioned travelling will be tough, but I will manage - so this does not effect me really but it could well effect several others, and maybe those that 'might' have travelled with me? Who might not be able to now that this idea has been implemented!

Sorry, I do not like this scheme. I am very loyal to Portsmouth Football Club and more often than not back what the club does but I do not like this idea. Like I say it does not impact on me directly but the apparent 'forcing' of tickets upon you is something I do not like!

For those of you that might not have seen the idea, this is what the Pompey Site said on the matter...

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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2008/9 HOME TICKET SALES

Pompey supporters buying tickets to the club's 2008/9 'platinum' home matches must also purchase tickets to the corresponding 'silver' fixtures.

For example, if fans want to attend the Manchester United game on Monday, August 25 they must also attend the visit of Hull City on Saturday, November 22.

2008/9 Coupled Fixtures (Platinum match listed first):
Manchester United/Hull City
Tottenham Hotspur/Middlesbrough
Newcastle United/Stoke City
West Ham United/Wigan Athletic
Liverpool/Blackburn Rovers
Chelsea/West Bromwich Albion
Arsenal/Bolton Wanderers

Tickets for the 'gold' fixtures against Fulham, Aston Villa, Everton, Manchester City and Sunderland can be bought independently.

Tickets can be bought by calling Ticketmaster on 0844 847 1898 from 10am on the day they go on sale or in person at the club's ticket office in Rodney Road.

For a list of when tickets go on sale, visit the Tickets - Home Tickets page.

Please Note: Platinum fixtures must be bought with corresponding silver fixture but silver fixture tickets can be bought independently. Refunds cannot be given. Where the platinum match takes place after its corresponding silver match, then the platinum match tickets can, subject to availability, be bought independently once the silver match has been played.

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 1 2008

Time: 10:08AM

Your Comments

I can understand it whilst we have a limited stadia capacity. There is no perfect situation & the compromise won't suit all.
storagematt
I don't care who we play really - but there are some games I can go to, and some that i can't. That is really the only thing that detemines whether I go to a match or not, and for half our matches, I have to be available for another one too, I just won't be going...
pompeycarpet
not being funny tho matt, this is being said as a season ticket holder yourself so you wont miss out on games - how is this fair on those that arent? you might not get a ticket for a game against manyoo, chelski or so on but at last you should be able to try without having to buy a ticket for another game as well... it should be the fans right to try and get a ticket against 'the big boys' without having to go to another game as a 'comprimise'...
pompeyrug
like i say im a season ticket holder so it doesnt impact on me, and myself i would go to any game anytime no matter who we play but not everyone is the same...
pompeyrug
I have a feeling that they saw the success of there "you have to go to atleast 3 homegames for an FA cup ticket" - that they now think they will have success here. Somehow, I have a feeling it could backfire...
pompeycarpet
Unfortunately as appears to be the case now though, the fans are the last consideration. With Sky dictating when the games are to be played. eg a good friend of mine had booked hotel accomodation on the Saturday night for the Man City game and Sky go and move it to Sunday, so she has had to cancel that and now travel back that evening rather than spending a night and coming back the next day. I know thats a single example, but with these fixtures changing at the drop of a hat, it is not always possible to be able to commit to another match several weeks down the line. I run a youth team playing on Sundays, so yeah I can spend my 100 for 3 tickets and get to the MU game that is said to be on on the Saturday but the Hull game could well be moved to Sunday due to a Eurpoean match on the preceeding Thursday, then great I could possibly not be able to go as my team have a fixture on the Sunday afternoon and I will loose the 3 ticket monies I have had to spoend out on.
blarmy
Well I am not going to fully go into one, if you want to read my thoughts then check out the forum. I am though very disapointed that the club would stoop to such a low level as this.
sneakay
I think this is disgusting, if someone wants to watch a game because they've saved pennies or have time around family and work for a change that they must fork out for two games as opposed to one!! Absolute Farce!! I'm a season ticket holder so it doesnt affect me but i feel for the people it will affect however i did want to buy my old man a Man Utd ticket as its on his Birthday but to do this i would also have to buy the Hull City ticket!! i cant afford two tickets straight away, i dont need the Hull ticket because im and season ticket holder and i dont have a clue if my old man will be free as he's in the forces!! and i cant return the thing. What a F***ing con!!! Some might say ''Well just sell it on'' thats besides the point, i shouldn't have to do that let alone afford two tickets! i bet the Man Utd one wont be cheap either - West Ham is Plantinum, dont make me laugh.
tommo3146
It could only be worse if they put Ticketmaster in charge of it.....no, wait....
Tantona
I'm livid. This is f&&king outrageous. Typical.....sod the supporters. I thought Pompey cared about it's fans...boll0x does it. Last season, my daughter and I couldn't get tickets for the BIG games so we went to Wigan, Sunderland, Boro, Plymouth, Everton, Birmingham - we just enjoy suporting Pompey, whatever the opposition. However, this season we bought membership on the premise that we'd be able to get tickets for the bigger games. I'm taking this up with Mr Storrie (when I've calmed down) because it should have been made public before the issuing of season tickets and membership schemes - on this basis the membership schemes have been mis-sold.
NinjaTim
People are not happy and I don't blame them. Seems a half baked idea to me aimed at the 'big time charlies' who only want to see the big sides. Takes no account as Tim and others say of the real fans or the fact that games will be moved because of TV and Euro games etc.
eastneydave
Firstly I think this is an appalling idea (season ticket holder so it doesn't affect me thankfully) and the points made about dates and times of the second match is indeed my main concern. On the other hand last season it was disapointing to go to some matches and see large amounts of empty seats in such a tiny ground. However I think the club has seriously cocked up because unless they didn't notice we're the FA Cup holders!! I'd be shocked if our attendences for some matches this season were as low as last year. Do we qualify as a 'Platinum' team as cup holders?
stooH
Well this year I am a season ticket holder so it doesn't apply to me. But I was well and truly unhappy last year as the only games I did't see were Chelsea, ManU, Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs. All Sold Out! Something should be done about it, I don't know what tho. Perhaps if you had five old tickets for games you have seen yo are charged one price. If you cannot produce 5 tickets of games you have seen, then you pay another price. I don't know - but as it is - its not fair.
Gandor
wahoo finally a clubs ticket policy worse than ours
mick66owl
There is a serious point here that surely the membership schemes should not have gone on sale until this was made public. Furthermore, I suspect some people would have bought season tickets as opposed to membership had they known this would happen. It's actually deceitful and I have written to Mr Storrie and told him so. It would be, perhaps, different if all the weekend games were 3pm on a Saturday but if that were the case, I reckon they'd sell 18,000 season tickets. PORTSMOUTH FC, YOU HAVE LET DOWN YOUR FANS.
NinjaTim
Well how about supporters that are planning to travel in from other countries. I am an American and wanted to travel over this season for a game at Fratton and it would be a waste of f***ing money to buy tickets for two to three games if I am only going to be in town for a few days.
pompeywa
This goes back to a point that FrattonAussie was making recently about clubs being forced to adhere to the same standards as any other business. If this was happening in any other kind of business, there would be a lawsuit and their policy would cost them a packet and be declared unlawful. If I went into Boots and they told me that - in order to buy cough mixture ( for a cough I did have ) I would also have to buy atheletes foot powder ( for athletes foot that I don't have ) it would come under "conditions of sale" and be completely illegal. While I do understand why the club would want to do this, and I do feel sorry for the regulars who miss out on tickets to see Chelsea or Liverpool because of the fair-weather-friends who only venture near FP when a top four side is playing there, but however unjust it may be and however difficult it is for the club, it doesn't justify something which would be unlawful in any other field of business.
PhilTaglia
What a bunch of F**KING W*****S! Thanks for that Pompey. i'm a single dad, self employed and P***ED off! I can't plan months ahead, that's why i'm a member you pillocks and not a season ticket holder...You wait to take my money for memberships x2 then tell me unless I watch Wigan I can't watch West Ham...Ha Ha Ha Ha You should do stand up Peter Storrie you'd make a fortune!!!
pentonpompey
It's all about filling the ground for the unfashionable clubs can understand what they are trying to do, but not this way this site alone has upset a lot of fans. the club should have put a lot more thought in to this unfair scheme.
pompeyyong
I understand the reasoning, it's the execution! still; Foolham, Villa, Toffies, Citeh and Mackems will do nicely. They can stick the others right up their greedy ar*es. I would have had to fork out 152 quid to see Manure for me and Ms Penton. They can fleece someone else for that privilege.
pentonpompey
This stinks. I haven't got a season ticket, but I have bought Pompey Blue membership this season. I hadn't decided yet if I wanted to go to the Hull match or not - but it seems I have to. I bet they do similar with the UEFA matches. We desperately need to build on last years success and encourage new supporters in if we want to fill our new stadium, this will put people off. What if I'm away (for whatever reason, holiday, business, illness) on November 22nd? And the point about fans travelling from abroad is well made too. I'll probably go to less home games now than I had originally planned, I'll watch them on-line instead! Stick that where the sun don't shine Mr Storrie.
tracyc
Just incase the club do read this, incase they don't understand, this is not a popular move!
pompey4me
pompeyyong, have you maybe typed some of this out of order? 'this site alone has upset a lot of fans'... the way i read that you're saying vital pompey has upset the fans? should it read 'this site alone has a lot of upset fans'...
pompeyrug
I think so Rug (at leat hope so) I've just read from the top and think that's what Yong means. All I can say guys is that this is bang out of order and although I'm another (it doesn't affect me as I'm a season ticket holder) I still things it smack of greed and is ill thought out. Should anybody complain and get a response please post the outcome on the site I'm sure we'd all be interested to hear what the club has to say... Or maybe log on to the BBC site and send a question to Storrie for the meeting on 14th August .. if enough people do that he'll have to comment..
Chix
The Link if anybody wants it ' http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/p/portsmouth/7505494.stm '
Chix
It is a complete crock - so lets get it straight, you pay 40 for pompey blue for some tat and the right to get tickets ahead of general release. Then on top of that you have to pay another 40 in round numbers to take tickets to a game you might not want to go to for whatever reason. I'm all for supporting my club but this takes the****. ^The alternative is to buy the away matches as you only have to buy that game. Just a thought!
WalshWasGod
Totally agree WalshWasGod - I probably will go away more than home this season now. I'm also concerned that they will push away the possible tentative new supporters that might be thinking of starting to go to a few matches, now that we've won the cup. Yes the glory hunters, fly by night, whatever you call them, we need them, and having won the cup is the best chance in years to recruit them to the cause. Of course these people will want to go to the glamourous games. We're pushing them away.
tracyc
Rug so sorry I did mean it upset a lot of fans on this site, let alone many others ,Please forgive my bad English, my only excuse is I've just got back from Chiang Mai Thailand which is why you have not herd from me lately, once again sorry to all for the misunderstanding.
pompeyyong
not a problem - as i say i thought, or at least hoped, i knew what you meant :-)
good to have you back.
pompeyrug
Nothing wrong with a bit of cheeky ebay I guess?
WalshWasGod
 

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