They could just use it in the event of trouble, any little bit of trouble like back chatting etc. and check the ticket and ban the holder and the buyer. By putting this rule in and saying they may have stewards at grounds, it will surely deter people from doing this and will give them the option of banning both parties.
A friend of mine has 4 season tickets and he is on my friends & family. In theory, I could have bought 4 extra tickets for Forest along with mine and taken mates who could not get tickets. As there was only 2,000 available for Forest, would this have been fair to other supporters that wanted tickets? There is obviously no issue in doing this when we are playing away to clubs that give us plenty of tickets or clubs that are miles up north and playing on a Tuesday night but this is changing as we get more successful and will change significantly next season if we go up.
Whilst I agree that ST holders are paying directly to the club and are therefore more valuable, I don't think money spent is a good indicator of how "loyal" you are. If it all it comes down to is money the let people buy Loyalty Points at the club shop and be done with it. The system needs revamping. With away games being awarded more points than they currently are and also some kind of distinction between Brentford away on a Saturday and a Tuesday at Rotherham.
Somebody could go to every away game for 10 years, but not have a season ticket and they'd be on roughly 250 points at the start of the season and 440 at the end before being reset back to 220 to star the cycle again. Is that person really not as loyal as Mark, 37 who was a Manchester United fan until 2014 but now has a ST at The Amex?
A system where extremely frequent travelling to away games could put you on level footing with ST holders would be a fairer way of doing a Loyalty scheme.
1000 points for a ST
100 points for a home cup game WHEN USED.
25 points for games within 125 miles
50-75 points for games with 125-250 miles depending on exact distance, KO time & Price.
75-100 points for games over 250 miles depending on exact distance, KO time & Price.
For any high-point game under a certain price point (e.g Huddersfield this year) introduce a system where points can only be redeemed if the game is attended. Either by asking the home club to send us the ticket stubs if they can identify the ticket or have club officials collect stubs within the away ground. Admittedly this would require some thinking from the club to find a working system but is by no means impossible.
That's my two pence worth anyway.
It's not a flawless idea but it would work much better than the current system
Obviously we understand the clubs rationale behind this statement, but it is at best misguided, and at worst downright malicious, whether the intention is there or not.
In effect they’re saying there are 2 types of “abuses” here, and have decided to deal with them both exactly the same. The first one they’re trying to weed out are the fans who are systematically using their high number of loyalty points to regularly pass on their away tickets to other fans who either have none, or are lower down the scale. How many fans are actually doing this ? Is it truly widespread ? The very nature of having a high number of loyalty points suggests that these people are indeed loyal fans of the club, so how many times are their tickets actually getting passed on down the scale ? I can’t imagine its THAT often, but the club have decided its happening enough, and so it needs crushing.
But in looking to deal with this “abuse”, they are putting a whole bunch of loyal fans in the same boat as the ones that they feel are systematically doing this as an “abuse” all the time. No differentiation. So someone who bought a ticket in good faith but then cannot make the game, is presumably stuck with it and out of pocket. No passing it on to a friend or family member, for risk of them getting an ID Gestapo Officer at the turnstile or inside the ground demanding to see photo ID, and all the fallout and subsequent consequences that would befall both parties (ticket buyer and ticket holder) when the ID doesn’t match the buyer.
And for what ? What CRIME has been committed ? Someone wants to go and watch a game of football and support their team, but may or may not be quite as far up the loyalty points ladder as someone else who dipped out on a ticket probably through not being quick enough off the mark when they went on sale. Is that really worth bringing this in for ?
They can dress it up all they like as “protecting the loyal fans”, but this sucks the big one, and is a policy that will serve to alienate a LOT more fans than it satisfies. I say again – any herbert who comes up to me at a game and demands I show them ID will be told to shove it.
"But you accept that there is an increased risk of vehicle/bat collision"
What do I do ? I have sat with friend since Amex opened. He has now told me moving away and will not renew. My son is moving back to area and wants the ticket and will be great to go to Albion with him. Until I saw Barbers email I was going to ring up ticket office and change name. Can I assume this will not be allowed and ticket will have to go to somebody on there list because if this is so I will not renew. Part of enjoyment to me is going with a friend or family and am Also not willing to change seat. Whilst we dont have long conversations with those around we all ackowledge each other which again helps match day experience. I only have until 15th March
If I walked into a ground and someone asked to see my ticket and then looked at an iPad or something and said "This ticket was sold to a Mr D McKay - would you have anything on you today that verifies that is you?" I'd get out a debit or credit card, they'd take a quick glance and I'd be on my way.
There's really no need to be an arse about it, should it happen to you, which it almost certainly won't.
The alternative is probably rocking up at the Amex for the next game and my season ticket being blocked. All because I got a bit flouncy at an away game.
Knock yourself out if you want comrade.
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