Blues Carling Cup Allocation Sold Out

Not surprisingly, the full allocation has been sold. There are a few tickets available for wheel chair users. You will need to contact the club for more details.

I know there will be a lot of people who will be disappointed that the tickets never got to general release, however I think the club sold tickets in the fairest way they could.

They gave priority to season ticket holders and to those who follow the club away from home and then those who had gone to the Carling Cup rounds.

So now we look to Sunday and the final. I am VERY excited about it!

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30 Comments on Blues Carling Cup Allocation Sold Out

  1. There’s something not ringing quite true about this ticket ‘ sellout ‘ It’s fairly obvious that a lot of the ‘ catagories ‘ to meet the varying criteria actually overlap. In other words , we only have a hardcore of approx 18,000 , 20,000 at the absolute MAX! now most of those are season ticket holders , who in turn will be the Gold/Silver/Bronze etc card holders ,with about another 5- 6,000 fair weather / shall we – shall we not bother types that never all turn up together , let alone for cup games. It’s been like that for 3 or 4 years now , and statistics will back that up.
    So can someone tell me how we’ve managed to have an extra 12,000 people meet this particular criteria , ie away games + 2 , 3 , 4 and 5 ticket stubs for matches that acording to the maths MUST then have been ignored by the regulars ( season ticket holders included ! ) to make the attendance figures tally ?……. Don’t get me wrong , I would love to see the ‘lost ‘ fans returning on a regular basis , but I suspect the ‘sellout’ has a corparate agenda , or worse.

  2. Seemingly the only flaw in the distribution of tickets was that people who held say 2-3 stubs could wait until the 1 stub day and then purchase 3 tickets.

  3. Kev Ball I think you need to get your facts straight before you publish an article that is so way off the mark, tickets went on general sale on monday 21st feb, there were ,according to bcfc.com just under 10,000 tickets left after saturdays game with Sheff Wed & they were snapped up pretty quickly on monday with some fans sleeping out overnight to be first in the queue!!, don’t you watch the news????

  4. I had one stub from cup games and was given yesterday as my day. There was no way I could get up. Work is like that at the moment, and it’s a cut throat world at the minute.
    A mate of mine said he could get the day off, so once he dealt with his kids (it’s half term) he went up…still morning, but at half 4 when they cut the queue off, he was told he had made it and would get a ticket. He rang me and we were ecstatic.
    At about 5.45, he went to the loo exactly like he had been since the morning, and after 2 mins of being away, got back to find the gates locked. The steward told him he shouldn’t have gone, and he left the ground fuming. My friend could see the people he had been standing with all day through the bars, but the steward wouldn’t listen.
    He called me, and I have never heard him like that before. He said that he had spent all day in the cold and wet, and to be treated like that at the death had made him have feelings for Blues he didnt want. Needless to say, I am also angry because at 5.45 I was deffo going to wembley. At 6:00 I wasn’t.
    I can’t wait to read the Evening Mail on Thursday.
    The Evening Mail are going might be doing a piece on him.

  5. Sorry Chris but before you slag off Kev I think you should get your facts straight. Monday was 1 stub day and Tuesday was general sale day. As the official site says tickets did not reach general sale because of demand.

    Inevitably there are going to be a lot of disappointed fans but I think the club did the best they could.

  6. Chris. There did seem to be some confusion around the general release side of things.

    There were tweets flying around yesterday apparently that the club will be doing general sale with the 1 stub sales – but there was NEVER an official confirmation of that so you have to assume it didn’t and they kept to the original plan.

    As John said Monday was always 1 stub day. In their last update last night on the official site, they say that tickets never made general release.

    So I believe I was correct in what I posted in the blog.

    Kev

  7. I was a white card holder and queued four and a half hours on Friday for two tickets. My mate had ten stubs (six I gave him) and managed to get four tickets the following Friday in two and a half hours! So presumably if I had queued up twice I could easily got as much as four tickets instead of two.

    The stub situation was a joke! Especially as season ticket holders were able to get match tickets for friends, but told they were NOT able to use them to get their own tickets, which was not the case as my friends had no problem.

  8. As a single stub holder, I was on hold on the phone yesterday morning for 3 hours at 5p per minute. All the while I was on a countdown told me where I was in the queue. It started at 9 o’clock when I was 21st in line and by 11:53 I was up to 3rd. ‘Great,’ I thought, ‘only a few more minutes’. Then the recorded messages changed to ‘Sorry there is no one to take your call, please phone later’ and I was cut off.
    I’m cheesed off about not getting a ticket obviously, but what is more annoying is being held on a premium rate number for 3 hours and then being cut off with no warning, reason or apology. I emailed the club as soon as I was cut off but they’ve not replied. 24 hours later I’m still fuming.

  9. MY SON WHO IS 14 COULDNT GET A TICKET DUE TO HIS AGE. HE IS A SEASON TICKET HOLDER IN THE TILTON ROAD END. HIS MATES OF THE SAME AGE HAVE HAD TO BUY ADULT TICKETS SO THEY COULD GO. SHAME ON YOU BLUES ON EXPLOITING KIDS. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THIRTY YEARS OF SUPPORTING MY BELOVED CLUB IM ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTED. IT JUST PROVES THEY WILL DO ANYTHING TO GET THOSE TILLS RINGING!!!!!!! AS FAR AS THEY ARE CONCERNED PROFIT COMES BEFORE THE FANS.

  10. MY SON HAS TOLD ME THAT HE NO LONGER WANTS TO RENEW HIS SEASON TICKET DUE TO THE FACT THAT HE FEELS BADLY LET DOWN BY HIS CLUB. SURELY THE CLUB SHOULD BE GOING TO OUT PROTECT THE YOUNG SUPPORTERS,THEY ARE THE FUTURE OF BLUES. IM VERY ANGRY AND WONDERING WHY SHOULD I GO AND SUPPORT THIS TEAM WITH VERY LITTLE CASH I HAVE WHEN WE GET NOTHING BACK IN RETURN.

  11. Anthony it is not the clubs fault, wembleys terms and conditions state a child must be accompanied by an adult, also they are the ones that said students are not concessions it wasnt the club.

    The club couldnt have done any more. People moaning that couldnt get a ticket on one stub day – go to more games then. Youll all be doing the same if we got to semi or final in fa cup, 10k blues fans on sat against sheff wed was disgraceful- youll all be there against bolton just incase to get your one stub.

  12. WHOPPER CAN YOU TELL ME THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BEING ALLOWED TO BUY A SEASON TICKET AND GETTING A TICKET AT WEMBLEY. HE HAS BEEN ALLOWED TICKETS BY THE CLUB TO AWAY GAMES WITHOUT A ADULT. ALSO IS IT RIGHT THAT THE CLUB HAS SOLD ADULT WEMBLEY TICKETS TO HIS UNDERAGE FRIENDS. HIS FRIENDS ARE 14 SO THEY ARE CLASSED AS CHILDREN.

  13. I HAVE READ IN THE NEWSPAPER THAT FANS WERE ON THE PHONE LINES FOR THREE HOURS ONLY TO GET CUT OFF. I SUPPOSE YOU WILL STILL DEFEND THE CLUB WHOPPER.

  14. I dont see how the club could have done any more, i think they did it as fair as possible. There is obviously been a problem with your son however if he is a season ticket holder he/you have had over a week to contact the club to sort a ticket out after being told he couldnt get one.

    Ive been on phone lines trying to get tickets for concerts before and been cut off countless times, its never a definite way to get a ticket – it happens.

  15. we had tried numerous times to get in touch but due to the high volume of callers. we had tried everything and because he didnt have the required stubs he couldnt go and before you criticise my son for not going to cup games, he has been to away matches on several occasions as well as being a season ticket holder. he would love to have gone to more games but to times being very hard financially. season ticket holders should always be given top priority and should not matter how many stubs you have unless your not a season ticket holder.

  16. season ticket holders had 4 days to get tickets, apart from the saturday there was barely a queue. then there was the 5 stub and 4 stub day where not many people got tickets so i dont see how you couldnt have called up, gone to the ground on any of those 5/6 days. there was not huge volumes on any of those days. Season ticket holders did got top priority, you were always guaranteed a ticket for Wembley if you are a season ticket holder. Youd think your sons mates would have brought him an adult ticket at the same time as they got theirs.

    If i was you i would still call up Wendy Monks head of ticketing, 0844 557 1875. or wendy.monks@bcfc.com If you did everything possible then she might be able to wrangle a spare ticket.

  17. I’ve got a ticket so haven’t got an issue, but ……….

    It is mathematically impossible to sell 31500 tickets purely to season ticket holders and stub holders only, without any going on general sale.

    Let’s be serious, the vast majority of people with 5 stubs would have got their ticket on ‘5 stub’ day and not have waited till yesterday to buy 5 tickets!

    Therefore can somebody please expain a realistic way that the tickets have sold out before general sale??

    I know of at least one boozer in Small Heat who has sold tickets they obtained from the ticket office directly ……. involving no queueing, internet or phone calls!!!

    As they say ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’!!

  18. people didnt neccessarily go on the 5 stub day or 4 stub day because they would have sat by themselves, a large number of fans did wait so they could sit with friends.
    its 31,500 less whatever all the players and staff want, im sure carson has taken a good few hundred aswell.

    Unfortunately in every step of life it is who you know, i do believe 99% of people who deserved tickets got them on this occasion though.

  19. I agree re. the people who deserve them have got them but still there’s something wrong with the distribution as the figures just don’t tally up.

    Agreed, some people with stubs may not have gone on their allocated day, but I think the vast majority would have.

    I’ve got a mate in Newcastle who hasn’t watched a game in 5 years who got 4 tickets, another friend in Brighton got 2 tickets etc etc.

    I’m sure Carson & the players would have their allocation in the corporate stands, and not the supporters stand.

    At the end of the day …… 31500 tickets have sold before reaching general sale …. IMPOSSIBLE …….. if the tickets were allocated properly.

  20. they didnt necessarily get tickets through the club though, every league club in the country gets tickets, i know Arsenal fans that were getting some off Stoke.
    My mates dad works for council and hes got some through them. There is always going to be people in the know that get tickets.

    I really cant see how the club could have done it any better or fairer. Season ticket holders guaranteed tickets, if been to more than 1 cup game guaranteed a ticket. Like i said before the same people will be moaning if we get to FA cup semi/final but where were these people the last few rounds?!

  21. the reason all the ticket have gone are because the majority of people that attended the earlier cup games were probably season ticket holders, these games were cash turnstiles. Obviously the season ticket holders dont need the stubs so are passed on to friends. There is no way the club could police that though.

  22. Each league club gets 20 tickets each (yes, 20).

    … And I know a pub in Small Heath who got tickets directly from the ticket office and were even selling them on Saturday!

    I’ve got a season ticket, and had no problem getting a ticket ……. but if they don’t improve the football down there I won’t be re-newing mine.

    It’s a lot of money to fork out to watch the likes of Cameron Jerome earing £10,000+ a week, I wouldn’t personally pay him 10 pence!

    Also, £20.00/£25.00 for the SWFC was a rip-off, 15000 (who didn’t turn up) people can’t be wrong ….. Incidentally, I did go to the match.

  23. it was £15 for Sheff Wed if you brought in advance, which for 5th round of FA cup i thought was pretty good.

    I totatally agree about the football and wages, but this season its paid off being a season ticket holder – your watching your team in a major cup final at wembley!!

    I agree about price of games to an extent but this year the board have made it a lot cheaper, its been £10 to a lot of cup games and £5 for kids, that is not excessive.

  24. The SWFC for season ticket holders was, but not for the general public. I’d rather go with a full house or large crowd to be honest and everybody pay the same low price.

    I know a lot of season ticket holders will say this is cobblers though!

    The majority of the people there were probably season ticket holders anyway.

    Hopfully we’ll pull it off on Sunday though;-)

    Moan over!

  25. First cup final in years and still people will find something to moan about. the die hard blues fans who dont miss a gamecould get their tickets days ago and the people who went to one or two league cup games had to rightly wait untill the last day and que. there is only 33 thousands tickets availible which is the same as every wembley cup final. blues tickets have been the cheapest iv ever known them this season and my advice to anyone who could not get a wembley ticket would be to make sure u attend more games next year to make sure it never happens again, dont just be a fair weather fan! i expect bolton in the cup to be a sell out after monday

  26. Can somebody please explain!!My father and brothers are all season ticket holders and had ticket stubs from a couple of the carling cup games but I was told that I couldn’t use these stubs for me and my 2 boys as the stubs had ‘STH'(season ticket holder) printed on them.From what I’m reading here I could have queued on Monday with these stubs!Is this the case?

  27. Obviously some people find a way around the system but this always happens in situations like these. I expect clubs like Man Utd are better organised but they have had a lot of practice. This is the first time for us in ten years.

    oh and I’ve already got two FA Cup stubs…just in case.

  28. Jane, no – unfortunately, you could not have used those stubs.

    For a couple of the cup games, Birmingham City decided that it would be better for them to send out paper copies of tickets for Season Ticket Holders to cover their seats rather than for them to use their ST ‘card’ to access the games. This was, as far as I am aware, to better control the number of tickets being sold – and to monitor the sales for future games.

    The stubs you have would be for the Season Ticket seats – which means they would have been ‘used up’ when your father and brothers bought Cup Final tickets on their Season Ticket reference number.

    The club were quite clear in saying that tickets with ‘STH’ printed on them could not be used to claim Carling Cup Final tickets as they would already have been ‘used’ when the Season Ticket Holders purchased their tickets using their STH reference.

  29. Just to put a different perspective on things and I am sure there are others in the same situation. I am not a season ticket holder because it is my 6 year old son’s first full season and I was unsure of how he would feel about sitting for 2 hours in the cold and rain during the winter months. As it turns out, we have only missed 2 weekend home games, one of which was the SWFC and this was due to finances (with the big trip coming up).

    Because I work such a distance away, it was impossible for me to attend any of the midweek CC games, I would always listen to Tom Ross (when the signal kicked in) on the way home and in the later games, catch the 2nd half on sky.

    I am one of those who fortunately managed to get a ticket, but only because the people around me waited the extra days to get their ticket, allowing me to use one of their stubs. This does not make me any less of a devoted fan who attends regularly, but I had to beg steal and borrow to get my tickets.

    Because my son surprised me so much with his passion, devotion and dedication to sit through the cold and rain, this will not be an issue next season as I will be purchasing season tickets.

    What needs to be policed is the so called fans obtaining tickets with no intention of attending and selling these tickets to fellow supporters at an astonishing price. I understand there is a quick buck to be made in all scenarios where tickets are required, but that always punishes the true followers, whether it be music, football or….. chess (can you actually go to a chess match?)

    It is 2011 and with the technology available people shouldn’t be able to purchase 2nd hand tickets, or in this case the required number of stubs, off ebay.

    Yes this would have put me in a situation where I couldn’t have got a ticket to the final, but perhaps if they was able to police this then tickets would actually make general sale (but again only to those that can demonstrate the dedication.

    My 2 cents….

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