A Town spokesman told TWTD: “As chief executive Simon Clegg indicated yesterday, purchasing tickets for the rearranged game at 50% follows Football League regulations but the club will be issuing a statement tomorrow after we have looked further into the matter.”
We understand Clegg is set to meet with ticket office manager John Ford and club secretary Sally Webb and will also liaise with the Supporters Club and Middlesbrough.
Subsequent to the above, Clegg has been quoted on the club site: "[The 50% discount] falls in line with Football League regulations but we will be taking a broader look at the whole matter tomorrow [Monday], as we always planned to.
"Obviously we understand the fans' frustrations but a lot of people worked very hard to ensure the game went ahead. Our groundstaff worked through the night from Wednesday onwards and could not have done anymore.
"I'll be speaking to Middlesbrough tomorrow and we will issue a statement on the website to confirm all details regarding Saturday's game and the rearranged fixture."
Sadly Mr Clegg has a lot to learn in this job and he would be well advised not to talk to the media before the matter has been discussed in full with all parties. Hopefully a satisfactory conclusion can be reached for all.
I expect they will do the decent thing tomorrow and give fans free tickets to the replay BUT unneccesary damage will have been done by not just announcing this in the first place, instead mentioning the silly 50% discount. Terrible PR.
It's a 400 mile round-trip for 'Boro fans. From a legal point of view, the club have a duty to ensure a playable surface, barring any unforeseen circumstances. They were aware of the cold weather and took step to deal with it which were insufficient. The club could, for example, have delayed the removal of the covers (and entry into the ground) until closer to kick off time (if that was the problem).
There's a balance to be struck between operating a business profitably and ruining a reputation - appears that the latter is the club's current choice!
Take it on the chin Marcus, FREE tickets to the 'replay' OR the next game you can attend. Its likely some fans who could not make the game will make the replay paying full price (or £20) anyway. Its very likely some who did pay can not make the replay also. This way everyone is happy and fans who paid for saturday and cant make the replay will not feel shafted and will feel more inclined to purchase future tickets. It makes sense.
With respect, Hampstead Blue, I just want to be treated with decency by the Club. I, like many others, cannot chuck money around (unlike ITFC, for example, and the wages paid to waster Bullard). Please do not make general statements about people with regards to being whingers and wanting something for nothing - it's insulting.
hampstead_blue so the fans that paid £20 for the game in the first place and the game abandond and you think its ok for fans to pay £10 to see the same game get comleted? well i wouldnt want to be in your shoes and you say that to all the fans that paid the ticket and travil to get to the ground! No i dont think its right! it should be free for all thoughs that brough a ticket for the game in the first place!
I wont be able to make the replay if its midweek which will likely be the case. I don't think its asking much for at LEAST 50% off a game that i can attend. I took my dad along who hasn't been in 35 years because hes not really an avid fan of football like myself, and he said he was really getting into it. So there is a chance he would like to go again, should the club handle this in a decent manner. I'm not asking for 'charity', only what i think would be a fair compromise.