Late Kick Off
Posted 21 Sep 2007 - 09:30
Posted 21 Sep 2007 - 09:38
my mate rang me at half time. he said they open the exit doors to the away section and let evryone in there without checking tickets just to get them in.
they said 2000 tickets went missing in the post
Posted 21 Sep 2007 - 14:00
A batch of match tickets, which were ordered via our remote ticketing services, were dispatched from Goodison Park in Monday’s first-class post.
Clearly, they should have arrived the following morning but it would appear that some went astray.
This resulted in hundreds of supporters turning up at the stadium this evening without tickets and, in order to comply with safety regulations and after taking advice from Merseyside Police, we had no option but to issue duplicate tickets.
Because of the numbers involved this proved to be a time-consuming process although our box-office staff did their utmost to ensure any delay was a kept to a minimum.
However, after talks between the club’s Safety Officer and the Police it was decided, in the interests of safety, that the kick-off had to be delayed by 30 minutes.
Everton will be holding talks with officials from Royal Mail first thing on Friday morning to establish the circumstances behind what was a most regrettable – but unavoidable - situation.
“We need to know precisely what happened – and once we have established all the salient facts we will let our supporters have them,” said Everton’s Head of Public Relations, Ian Ross.
“Safety is always our primary concern and whilst it was hugely regrettable that we had to put back the kick-off, we had to be absolutely certain that everyone got into the stadium safely," he added.
Only a fraction of people waiting for duplicates actually reached the front of the queue and got them. If it was safe to let everyone in (without tickets) at 8.45, why wasn't it safe to do it at 8.15?
And it was more than fucking hundreds. I stopped queueing at about 8.30 because it was obvious that either they'd have to open the gates or the line would still have been there when we kick off at Villa Park on Sunday.
Posted 21 Sep 2007 - 18:49
What a joke we loked on national TV, although our turn out did us proud
Posted 21 Sep 2007 - 19:07
Was an impressive turn-out though, 37,000 plus.
“ We fully understand why some supporters were annoyed – they had every right to be having paid for something which never arrived. Thankfully we know from our turnstile data that when the game did kick-off 98 per cent of supporters were safely inside the stadium.
That means at most 740 people outside the ground at 8.30. Complete bollocks.
Edited by MikeO, 21 Sep 2007 - 20:29.
Posted 22 Sep 2007 - 08:25
I was pissed off, Id rushed around getting things done, sat down to watch it on ch5 and was told its going to be 25 mins late
Edited by Zed, 22 Sep 2007 - 08:27.
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