Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Not enough tickets for Bulls supporters

The allocation of 1400 tickets sent from Stevenage Borough to Hereford United was sold out by mid-day much to the dismay of many fans who missed out either because of work or being simply unable to get to Edgar Street.

The office staff sold the tickets in just over four hours after opening earlier than advertised. They deserve our thanks for their hard work in getting the tickets out to fans.

Some Hereford supporters have obtained tickets through the Stevenage Ticket Line, whose number was given out on this site, amidst others. (It appears that Stevenage decided to stop taking telephone sales late this afternoon)

However there has been some criticism of this action from several sources, who are now suggesting that to have given out the Stevenage number was irresponsible.

Bulls News decided to publish the number as we took the view that there would be more than 1400 Hereford United supporters wishing to see the game. In the event of the tickets selling so quickly, we beleive we made the correct decision.

The problem lies solely and squarely at Stevenage who were unwilling to give Hereford more than 1400 tickets. We realised segregation could be a problem so our advice to supporters was to ask for tickets close to the Away end so as all the Hereford supporters would be in the same area of the ground.

Stevenage were within their rights to send Hereford only 1400 tickets. However in the circumstances should any ticket for the West Stand, close to the away fans in the Buildbase Stand, be unsold by late Friday, perhaps Stevenage should make them available to Hereford United for sale on Saturday morning.

There would be nothing worse than having the ground less than full next Monday.

Meanwhile Stevenage have confirmed that they are under pressure from the Police not to sell tickets on the day of the match. The following is from the Stevenage Official Website:

Stevenage Borough have been forced to move Bank Holidays match with Hereford to virtually all ticket. The semi final play off, which kicks off at 5pm, has captured the towns imagination.

Phil Wallace, the Stevenage chairman, said "we've been swamped. Our phone lines haven't stopped and we've had to stop taking credit card bookings over the phone.

"We've extended the Ticket Office opening hours from 10am to 7pm Weds-Friday and 10am to 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday to cope with ticket and merchandise sales.

"If fans want to see this game they need to get to our Ticket Office between now and Sunday afternoon because I doubt we'll be allowed to sell any on the day of the match. The police are keen to see this game all ticket and we would have no option but to comply if this was ordered."