Patrick

Away Tickets and Travel

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Can't be bothered with these non Saturday away matches. 

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David Michael joined Steve Gough, Anthony Willis and John Holder (Apologies: John Perks, Steve Todd, Mark McFarland & Stewart Conniff) as the fan representatives at the latest away fan consultancy meeting with club representatives Bromley Davenport & Lee Preece. PC Stuart Bladen of the West Midlands Police was also in attendance. ( No sign of Gary  B6)

General Club Update

33,500 Villa fans on the road so far this season. Away support has been tremendous.

Current sales

  • Norwich 1,513 sold out of 2,008 allocation
  • QPR sold out 3,154
  • Cardiff 2,989 sold out of 3,394 allocation.
  • Wolves 1,251 sold out of 2,800 allocation
  • Next matches – all ticket prices to be confirmed:

    Brentford allocation 1,600

    Brentford prices tbc

  • Adults £25-£30
  • Over 65 £17 to £22
  • 18-24 year olds £25-£30
  • Under 18 £8
  • Nottingham Forest allocation 2,001

    Nottingham Forest prices tbc

  • Adults £26
  • Over 65 £18
  • Under 18 £14
  • Newcastle United allocation 3,200

    Newcastle United prices tbc

  • Adults £32*
  • Students £26
  • Juniors & Seniors £16
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  • With regards to allocations for future matches, Cardiff was a good example of the club receiving more tickets beyond the initial allocation. Cardiff liaised with West Midlands Police on the conduct of our fans so far this season, and the positive feedback they received helped us receive additional tickets.

    Brentford presents an issue for those on the away scheme as the allocation includes both seating and standing. It was felt the best approach was for the ticket office to individually contact away scheme members and offer them the choice, as opposed to automatically assuming away scheme members would only want seats. By asking up front, it would avoid fans having to send tickets back and exchange.

    Spurs FA Cup

    It was too soon at the meeting to discuss the allocation for Spurs away in the FA Cup, as we were waiting to liaise with Spurs on possible allocation & prices. It is expected to be 3000+. The game is understood to be live on the BBC 1 on the Sunday at 4pm.

    Away Subsidy

    The club asked the question what the group felt we should do with the £50k subsidy put aside for this season. At present, only Norwich has been used so far – £5 subsidy per ticket. With sales of 1,500 this equates to £7.5k used so far (Norwich still on sale so this will increase).

    Possible Newcastle Subsidy

    * The group felt strongly that the club should look to heavily subsidise the ticket price for Newcastle away, given that the match has been moved to a Monday evening. If either club is playing in the FA Cup Round 5 (the match would be rescheduled) it is still likely to take place mid-week. As with previous discussions around subsidy, the group felt that the subsidy should focus on ticket price as opposed to any transport measures.

    Leeds Congestion Issues

    There were numerous issues encountered at Leeds Away, including issues around congestion, confusion regarding whether fans were using Upper or Lower level, duplicated seats & stewarding. A number of fans have contacted the Villa regarding their experience and some have contacted Leeds direct. The various issues have been noted should we play at Elland Road in the future.

Brighton Train Pain

The group felt the patience and good humoured conduct of Villa fans who experienced travel issues after the Brighton match should be noted. As per communications posted on social media from the CEO at Brighton, some fans had a very difficult experience, but reacted with patience to the difficulties they experienced.

Smoke Bombs

The issue of smoke bombs being used in concourse areas was discussed. West Midlands Police confirmed that anyone entering the stadium with or using smoke devices will find themselves arrested & prosecuted.   The devices often used at football matches are not regulated, and are not designed to be activated at football grounds.

Smoking

The number of fans smoking in toilets at away matches was raised. Feedback was noted by West Midlands Police. At Leeds United, eight fans were ejected for smoking. Whilst it is not always feasible to deal with smokers in the toilets themselves, anyone smoking runs the risk of being ejected at any stadium. Where possible, but only when the infrastructure of the stadium allows, clubs do look to provide smoking areas at half-time.

Why clubs can’t provide a smoking area to avoid unecessary ejections was raised. Security concerns was the root of the difficulty of providing such areas – i.e. opening stadium doors to let smokers out.

Coach Parking

The club was asked if it could help identify what stadiums may charge for coach parking, and if so, what the charge would be. There are also matches where the driver has to stay with the coach, which is also useful information to know in advance.

PC Stuart Bladen is happy to help with this information where possible – please contact him on bladen@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk. You can also follow @WMPVillaFC on Twitter for matchday information. The club will also look to link (via our social media) to any information provided by clubs’ Supporter Liaison Officers.

 

 

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3 hours ago, Dublin Villain said:

Any idea when Forest tickets be available Patrick?

No idea Dublin , but I would imagine  January the 9th

 

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1 hour ago, B6! said:

I wasn't invited to this one :dunno

You aren't part of the group...

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5 hours ago, Dublin Villain said:

Any idea when Forest tickets be available Patrick?

The allocation for Forest is so low that people are going to struggle to get tickets unless they have at least a nine-game away history.

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Got my 2 wolves away tickets sorted today , and I've got no season ticket or away booking history , (not Corny this time)

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3 hours ago, Patrick said:

No idea Dublin , but I would imagine  January the 9th

 

Thanks Patrick

1 hour ago, AnneMc said:

The allocation for Forest is so low that people are going to struggle to get tickets unless they have at least a nine-game away history.

Ye  it will be very hard to get anything out of that allocation. I'm going to book flights this weekend and from there can see what happens. 

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21 minutes ago, Dublin Villain said:

Thanks Patrick

Ye  it will be very hard to get anything out of that allocation. I'm going to book flights this weekend and from there can see what happens. 

Well i wont be asking corny for any Forest tickets , so hopefully he may come up with 2 for you Dublin (fingers crossed)

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Ill do my best for ya Dublin Villain, but can't promise anything obviously. Thats a crap allocation we have got.

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Anyway , what to you reckon about Spurs away in the cup ,, we have been allocated 4000 tickets , ~Spurs are requesting that we only take 3000 ,  can we sell 4000 when this cup tie is just after Christmas and  sandwiched in between 2 other away matches which could be described as more important ,  , Cardiff and Wolves 

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Sundays don't work for me and this tie doesn't excite me at all. Going to Cardiff and Wolves, sod Spurs.

 

 

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sounds a wee bit odd allocated 4,000 --yet Spuds request we dont exceed 3,000!!!!    is that because we will be much louder than them?   with 3,000 yet alone 4,000.?

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1 hour ago, freddy said:

sounds a wee bit odd allocated 4,000 --yet Spuds request we dont exceed 3,000!!!!    is that because we will be much louder than them?   with 3,000 yet alone 4,000.?

Yes,  they are saying they only want us to take the 3K so they don't have to relocate their own season ticket holders .Villa are considering the request as if we take the 4k and don't sell all of them the club will still have to pay for what's left . Next season if we get spurs in  the 3rd round the tie will be played at Wembley 

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17 minutes ago, Patrick said:

Yes,  they are saying they only want us to take the 3K so they don't have to relocate their own season ticket holders .Villa are considering the request as if we take the 4k and don't sell all of them the club will still have to pay for what's left . Next season if we get spurs in  the 3rd round the tie will be played at Wembley 

I think we will sell them easy, last trip to shite fart lane n all that.

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On 09/12/2016 at 5:47 PM, CornyAVFC said:

Ill do my best for ya Dublin Villain, but can't promise anything obviously. Thats a crap allocation we have got.

Course man no stress at all.

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Rotherham away in just over 2 weeks time , Ticket sorted , thanks Corny and coach booked , cant wait

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I am going to Rotherham, expecting what is likely to be our only double of the season. 

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33 minutes ago, AnneMc said:

I am going to Rotherham, expecting what is likely to be our only double of the season. 

Looking st your Facebook you've had a few doubles this season 🍻🍻🍻

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1 hour ago, B6! said:

Looking st your Facebook you've had a few doubles this season 🍻🍻🍻

LOL. 

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3 hours ago, AnneMc said:

I am going to Rotherham, expecting what is likely to be our only double of the season. 

i hope your right lass- good to see some faith   -----what a sad state we are in!!!!

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47 minutes ago, freddy said:

i hope your right lass- good to see some faith   -----what a sad state we are in!!!!

Grim, Freddy. 

 

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