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Pompey's Platinum Scheme still a bad idea...

Portsmouth football clubs Platinum Scheme is a bad idea, not my vote, yours - and these findings from pompeycarpet's poll are thoughts I do ultimately share.

This is a difficult one to tackle, you try to look at it from all sides to get some sort of reasoning as to why it has been done - and whilst I can see why in ways, I just cannot seem to agree with the idea when I weigh everything up...

Clearly Pompey want to have a full house for all games - do we all not want to see this? - and unless we get this we will never be able to get a new stadium, which is again something we would all dearly love, as much as we love Fratton. If we can only sell out when 'the big boys' come to town, but cannot when the 'less desirable' do then this gives even more ammunition to the council's in backing decisions to reject our plans - why would they approve a project for something that could very well lay half empty more often that not? In theory it should not as we have had fans clambering for tickets in the past! So in that respect it is understandable really.

Sometimes fans 'only' want to go to the games against the likes of Manyoo, and whilst this is the paying members choice sometimes these types are the only games some people will ever want to go to and they might not even be real Pompey doing this, and they would never entertain the thought of going to others, such as Hull. So by doing this - at least in theory - you are trying to ensure that those that want to be watching Pompey regardless of who they play are in attendance to the more desirable games. It also - again in theory - eliminates the chance of people buying tickets simply to attempt to sell them on in some cases, although with club membership more likely to get you a ticket anyway, and this 'needing to be on the clubs database' I do not see how you could. On the topic of club membership you pay this each season in the hope that it will get you to more games, the Platinum Scheme was announced after these went on sale - and people probably should have been pre-warned of this scheme before they were willingly invited to purchase this yearly subscription...

The thoughts that you 'should want to see Pompey play whoever they play' have been expressed by the club, and whilst I do agree with that and have followed that principle in the past - being a season ticket holder again now eliminates any problems I could have, so this no longer effects me, but it does not mean I do not care. My main problem with this scheme is the fact that it is almost forcing you to spend money, and whilst I would hope the majority want to go to a game regardless as to who we play people might not have the funds to afford both games or even be able to commit to the corresponding Platinum fixture, so what happens then?

There are good and bad points to the Platinum Scheme, but it appears to be taking away the right that a fan has of deciding what game they want to go to, and with football costing so much money these days sometimes you have to be more choosey over what games you go to, if it was more affordable - but this opens a whole new door, which I will not go into now - then this would not be needed. All in all it seems a money making exercise, but then again with football being a business these days this is what it is all about...

  • What the poll asked - Pompey's Platinum Scheme

  • How you voted - Bad 66%, Understandable 27%, Good 7%

  • Current Poll - You are asked for your opinion on who the man of the match against Manyoo was - but this vote will end shortly.

    Who was our best player against Manyoo on Monday - this is what stfc ballboy wants to know with this, although this will be ending shortly - 'Who was man of the match v Manchester United?' Let the poll do the talking before we do when it finishes.

    Before we move on what are your thoughts on what the last poll concluded? You know what to do, thoughts below please guys...

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  • The Journalist

    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Friday August 29 2008

    Time: 8:04AM

    Your Comments

    Who are the 7% that could even begin to think that this is a good idea?...Step forward PompeyStorrie, PompeyRuski, and PompeyPRman
    pentonpompey
    surely this platinum idea would be better suited for early round cup games, televised games and start of the season games (although not if we keep playing the top 4!) where the attendances are lower. I do have concerns about filling a new ground, I`m sorry but if things go bad, I don`t think we would fill 36,000 in the panda pop league like man city did when KK took them down and back, therefore leaving us with a new ground to pay for and not enough bums on seats. If we can`t fill 20,000 right now for all games, in what is our best period in recent history without this platinum scam then what does the future hold, a new stadium with the corners closed like the scum?! Not good.
    Pompeyrk77
    This platinum scheme has runimed the chance for me to get to most games this season and I for one am totally outraged that they could think of the fans as cash cows in this way. Without us there is not club so show some respect!
    sneakay
    The fact is, that with work and family commitments, not to mention financial constraints, some us cannot get to all the games; that's why we go for membership rather than a season ticket. It's not just about us not being able to get to the "big" games either.....now we have a problem of, say we wanted to watch Pompey against a "lesser" team in a "silver" fixture, say, Stoke, Hull or Wigan, we can't unless we buy a ticket for the corresponding Platinum fixture....unless, as the club says, there are tickets left for the "silver" fixture. Well, there won't be will there? So, therefore, we're being forced to buy tickets for games that we may not be able to get to at a time when money is tight. With this new scheme, I am unable as member to get to as many games as last season when a non-member (I didn't watch any of the so called "big" sides last season - not that it bothered me - and was actually advised by the club that the best way of being able to get tickets for such games was through the membership scheme). Like I said before on the forum, much of this is about PFC cashflow; take the West Ham game for instance - under the new scheme we have to buy our tickets for that (a game on 26 December) with our tickets for the Wigan game - they go on sale on 6 October, so the club is looking at people buying tickets for the West Ham game 10 weeks in advance - so they have our dosh in the bank for an extra couple of months. It's a scam and what's worse, is that it smacks of desperation. A more reasonable scheme would have been non-compulsory, simply giving ticket purchase priority for the big games to those who bought tickets for the lesser games - to an extent that would still reward loyalty but give the fan a freedom of choice.
    NinjaTim
    Not a great thought idea. It probably penalises the majority & helps the minority.
    storagematt
    Well said NinjaTim, the priority is a much better idea. Kind o flike what happened back in the early nineties with some of the cup ties, you had to go to a league match to get priority for the fa cup ties. Surprise surprise we got 27'000 people in for a run of the mill league match (peterboro I think)
    stooH
    I understand what they're trying to do, but they've totally got it wrong. To go to the Manyoo match, for 2 adults cost £160! If I could/wanted to/could afford to go to all the matches I'd have a season ticket, and a lot of people have various commitments, work or otherwise where they can't do it. Perhaps they could have done it in sort of batches, ie you have to buy one of a choice of bronze matches to go to one platinum, a kind of mix and match, giving people at least a little more option. Or NinjaTim's priority plan is a good one. Also its not spelled out very well, I hadn't realised the 6th October deadline for the West Ham game. They would sell out Hull City (without the Manyoo link) if they said it gave priority for the UEFA away tie.
    tracyc
    i think some clubs do them in batches of 4 or 5 - most package involves a specific game plus 3 or 4 others, so why not have done packages for manyoo, chelski, liverpool and arsenal, which include one of these matches plus 2 or 3 others, with these being ones that dont often sell out and maybe at a slightly cheaper price?
    if you couldnt make one of the other gmaes for some reason maybe you could swtich it for another of the 'lesser' ones...
    pompeyrug
     

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