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Semi Final Ticket Sales Unsurprising

Blackburn Rovers and Chelsea look like having some 8,000 tickets apiece left surplus to requirements for Sunday's FA Cup Semi Final. The lack of Rovers sales is said to be more surprising due to the lack of distance required to travel, but is not unsurprising really due to the costs involved!

Many view the choice of venue, Old Trafford, for the Rovers - Chelsea Semi Final as a bad one. Right or wrong the FA have defended their decision amid news being revealed that both clubs are likely to see around 8,000 tickets going unsold.

Old Trafford is a 37 mile trip if you are local to Blackburn, so with this in mind the fact that we have failed to sell our full allocation of 30,900 is or the more surprising… of is it!

Mike Graham, from the Blackburn Independent Supporters' Association blames the cost of tickets:

"Our catchment area is basically just Blackburn, which is a small town," he told The Times.

"It's also a low-wage area. Even forking out the minimum of £25 per ticket is a lot, never mind the maximum £55."

The costs don't help for the reasons explained, but it's not just the costs is it?

Blackburn is a small town, and unlike Chelsea (and this is not a dig at them) we are not part of an area like London, which can see support for them come from all across it and the surrounding areas. We have support from all over but being an unfashionable club in a small town can see it hard for us to gain that following, even from the locals. I had hoped that we could sell our full allocation but this was always realistically going to be hard wasn't it…

The fact that Chelsea have a greater following doesn't necessarily mean they will bring as many to the game though, and they probably won't. Their fans are unhappy with the journey involved, especially with a 4pm kick off on a Sunday, and you have to sympathise don't you?!?!

The FA has defended their selection of venue and price through an FA Spokesperson, who said:

"The crowd will be bigger than at any other ground we could have staged the game.

"We want to make these occasions accessible to the fans. We feel the ticket prices are fair, and are appropriate to staging a big semi-final.

Ultimately Old Trafford is better for us (in terms of venue) and as a result has in all likelihood probably seen us have a greater turnout, but is it the fairest location though? Most other places arguably would have seen even less Rovers fans make the game, although if played elsewhere would the tickets have been cheaper…


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 13 2007

Time: 12:44PM

Your Comments

It's a tough call, when all is said and done the FA want to make money don't they! Wherever this tie was held Rovers would (as much as you hope against) find it difficult to sell their full allocation. If played at Wembley (as will be the case for Semi Final's next year) would we have even sold as many even though it's Wembley?!?! Could people realistically afford two visits to Wembley in such a short space of time?
Hughes Da Man
It was a silly idea to have the semi there if they were looking for a full stadium!!!! we have a very small cathcment are. If they wanted it in the north west why not Anfield???? Much better chance!!!! The could of had Villa Park as well... We will make some noise regardless but which cretins think these things up?
MikeyGamst
Villa Park would have seen cheapest tickets?!?! Anfield not bad, it's the money isn't it, more expensive tickets mean more money made even if not all are sold. we will make some noise win or lose.
Hughes Da Man
The thing is, the FA are backing clubs like Rovers with their quest to lower ticket prices and we have been one of the leading clubs with this. So what do the FA do themselves - sell tickets at £55!!! It's time they followed their own recommendations.
Wellsy
I would put good money on them selling all the allocation if they priced half at £25 and half at £35.... surely they would of made enough money from this....
MikeyGamst
It's easy for the FA to back something if it isn't them that have to worry about it isn't it Wellsy, practise what they preach hey! Sparky has said maybe Man City's ground could have been used (Eastlands, City or Manchester Stadium, whatever it's called!) not such a bad call is it?!?! Would tickets have been around that price there do you think MikeyGamst? I'd think yes and it WOULD have sold out. Not much of an excuse but they had to take into account what grounds were free this weekend though aswell didn't they I guess?!?!
Hughes Da Man
They could rearrange grounds though... they do it all the time so I think they could of if they put some thought into it...
MikeyGamst
 

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