Boro to Cover Travelling Fans' Shortfall Monday, 13th Feb 2012 11:05
Middlesbrough say they will make up fans' shortfall on the half-price tickets for the restaging of Saturday’s abandoned game against the Blues and are looking into organising free coach travel. A total of 730 Boro fans made the trip to Portman Road at the weekend.
Adding to the statement they made yesterday, Boro said: “Ipswich have already said supporters who attended the abandoned fixture will be entitled to a 50 per cent discount on tickets for the rescheduled game.
“Now Boro have vowed to make up the shortfall for the rearranged game for those fans who have retained their original ticket stub.
“In addition, the club are looking at ways to arrange free coach travel from Teesside for those made the original trip and wish to return to Portman Road.”
Town are set to make a statement later today having looked into their options.
"Forget the rearranged game at 50% off as it will be a night game - as useful as a chocolate tea pot to many fans. Town should offer minimum 50% refund for any fan (home or away) who bought a ticket since not even 45 minutes were completed. Boro should put on free coaches for any fan stupid enough to buy a ticket for the rearranged fixture."
If the club has already told Boro they have to pay 50%, then its pretty unlikely town fans will be told anything different. If they wont do a freebie, then I'd like to see them offer 50% off the rearranged game plus another saturday home game...
The point is many fans won't want to turn out for the rearranged Boro fixture, with anger regards the way the 11:15am/2pm/3:38pm pitch inspections were handled. If there was any doubt AT ALL of the game not being completed it should NEVER have started. I'm of the opinion it could have been finished anyway. There was 1 slip in 38 minutes (JET off the pitch right at the start) and Sonko injury was a freak incident not related to pitch. He didn't fall over and could have done that on a hard pitch in the summer. The 50% off is an insult.
It is not the clubs fault the weather was bad ,it was not the clubs fault the referee allowed the game to proceed before abandoning it . It was personal choice to attend and pay for a game in bad weather with many games being postponed and late pitch inspections and it will be personal choice to attend and pay for the re scheduled fixture . Why should the club pay out for fans to have a refund or to rewatch a game that was cancelled through no fault of their own whilst consuming all the normal costs of a normal match day policing ,staffing levels ,running costs etc ?
In all this mess the real people who are to blame are the football league for appointing a complete incompetent referee. He could have waited a few minutes until half-time for groundsman to put some salt down, from the time of last pitch inspection it never got any colder.
Middlesbrough FC have humiliated ITFC over this by not only offering to pay fans' travel but also to pay ITFC for the tickets! The way they care for their supporters seems in total contrast to how our fans are treated. Loyalty goes both ways...we are expected to put up with high ticket prices to watch football that has been pretty sub-standard for the last four years, so should be treated better.
Yes, the club will have incurred cost Saturday, but what is charging 50% for the new tickets going to bring in? I reckon they might sell about 2,000 to disgruntled supporters at an average of £10 each so about £20,000. Is the cost of alienating supporters, negative media headlines and the loss of future revenues worth it? I would say not.
Do the right thing ITFC and allow Saturday's ticket holders free admission to the replay.
SpivvySpackyChops - No one is arguing with the club's costs here.
This club is in turmoil at the moment with regards to board/fan relations and this is a fantastic oppotunity for Clegg to try and make some amends.
There should not be any refunds, but anyone with a ticket should get free admission to the replay. This will not cost the club 19,000 x ticket price. The club will be out of pocket to the tune of the running costs for the day. Probable a fraction of a month's Jimmy Bullard paypacket.
CLEGG - Do the right thing, you will never get a better opportunity to make some peace!
It just makes me laugh, I'm a life long Town Fan but I play at a decent standard on a Saturdays and Tuesdays, so getting to see a game at PR is rare.
I'm exactly the kind of person they are trying to get back at PR on a regular basis with the ticket offer. I love the idea of finishing playing in a few years and taking my kids to the games each week, but the way they've handled this is very short sighted.
They need to look at the bigger picture, and unless something drastic happens I won't be going to PR or taking my kids there any time soon.
They've basically cashed in my life time support of the club for £22.50.
Surco72....it was not Boro's fault either but they have ALREADY made a statement to help their fans....in fact, they should not have to do this if our club act in a proper way!!! We need to attract fans back to Portman Road if we are ever to be a succesful club again - this is why so many fans are protesting, it is the principal and goodwill that is just as important as any financial matter.
If the game was called off before the kickoff what would have happened, the ticket would have been valid for the rematch. The staff at the time would have been paid regardless, as they were saturday.
The rescheduled match will see the season ticket holders in for free, I have no problem with thAt. But the farce that could happen from itfc will lose a lot of the casual attendees like me. My money stretches so far and attending a game is a luxury that doesn't come often as travelling costs are not cheap, and no I don't want reimbursement for travelling.
I would like to say to the idiots that say you risked it with the cold weather, so what do you do, the tickets were purchased during the week before the temp plummeted over fridAy night, as far as I'm aware once bought that's it, you don't get anything for not attending, correct me if I'm wrong