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Aldershot Town's chief exec issues Carling Cup clash statement

STATEMENT FROM PETER DUFFY, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, ALDERSHOT TOWN

Aldershot Town v Manchester United
Carling Cup Fourth Round
Tuesday 25th October 2011 Kick Off 7.45pm

The Board of Directors would like to thank its supporters for their patience in awaiting confirmation of details regarding the Carling Cup Fourth Round tie versus Manchester United.

This is an unprecedented game in the Club’s history and is of a magnitude necessitating reflection, planning and consideration of extra-ordinary issues.

Of paramount importance is crowd safety recognising that we will be at maximum capacity that evening. Also of importance is that we provide the opportunity to core, loyal supporters and sponsors to be at the match.

This is an opportunity to showcase what Aldershot Town Football Club is all about – professionalism, passion for our club, warmth of our welcome towards the opposition and the quality of our football.

Since the draw we have adopted an iterative process of consultation with a range of Interest Groups to hear their respective views and to bounce ideas off them.

A lot of discussions will remain ongoing especially with the local authorities. Information, therefore, will be released progressively as decisions are taken and finalised.

The most urgent information that supporters are seeking is with regards to ticket prices and prioritisation of availability.

In arriving at the ticket prices the factors that we have taken into consideration are the following:

  • The stage of the Carling Cup competition (last 16) and the stature of the opposition- arguably the biggest club side in the world.
  • The formula dictated by The Carling Cup means that from each ticket sold there are deductions of 20% VAT, substantially increased operating costs and allocations to the Football League and to Manchester United. The consequence is that the revenue received by us for this match at the prices stated below will generally be less per ticket than we would receive for a Home league match.
  • The need to put in place a pricing structure which is felt fair by supporters, especially those who have the longer term interests of the club at heart.

The following prices have therefore been agreed with Manchester United:

Seating Adult £19    Over 60/U16 £15
Terrace Adult £17    Over 60/U16 £13

The club has also consulted with supporters and listened to their views in order to arrive at a purchasing strategy that offers the best opportunities for genuine supporters to purchase tickets for this historical game. The following priority purchasing system will be in place:

First stage purchasing
Wednesday 12th October to Friday 14th October
Season tickets holders only must exchange Voucher “C” to purchase one ticket.

This option is available on a one ticket per person/application basis.

Season ticket holders who are also in possession of a Rochdale stub can purchase one additional ticket at this time providing they also purchase a ticket for the Burton Albion npower League match (Tuesday 1st November 2011) at the same time.

Postal applications with an SAE will also be permitted for Season Ticket holders only.

Second stage purchasing
Saturday 15th October to Tuesday 18th October
Presentation of Rochdale match ticket stubs
(Strictly one ticket per stub with a maximum of four stubs per person)
Supporters who are in possession of a Rochdale stub can purchase one ticket per stub  providing they also purchase a ticket for the Burton Albion npower League match to go with each stub at the same time.

Third stage purchasing
Wednesday 19th October and Thursday 20th October
Shareholders, Premium Shots members and Supporters Trust members  who have not already been able to purchase a ticket using one of the earlier stages.

Supporters in the above groups can purchase one ticket providing they also purchase a ticket for the Burton Albion npower League match at the same time.

Strictly one ticket per application.

Fourth stage purchasing
Friday 21st October to Sunday 23rd October (1pm)
In order to ensure tickets are sold to genuine or potential supporters of the club anyone purchasing tickets at the fourth stage will also have to purchase a ticket for the npower League 2 matches versus Burton Albion and Gillingham on Saturday 19th November at normal league match prices.

Fifth stage purchasing
Sunday 23rd October 3pm until all sold
If there are any tickets remaining at this stage they will go on general sale.

Strictly one ticket per application.

Please note:

  • Specific opening hours will be announced in due course for ticket sales.
  • The full allocation of away tickets will be sold solely by Manchester United.
  • More information will be supplied as and when available.

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