September 8, 2015 by Made In Brum
We have sent a letter to those involved in the decision to reduce the ticket allocation to Blues and a proposal that we feel could have been easily implemented to ensure BCFC’s correct allocation of 10% ( approx 4200 tickets).
As follows . . .
Blues Collective Saturday 5th September 2015
Sent to SAG attendees representing villa/police/council/bcfc ( names removed)
We, as Blues Collective, (representing fan groups) would like to express our levels of concern and disappointment on behalf of many Birmingham City FC fans regarding the limited allocation of away tickets at the forthcoming Cup game at Villa Park.
The allocation of 2,800 tickets (less than 7% of total gate) – will be rightfully allocated to platinum / gold season ticket holders who will be in situ to watch “just another Blues match” which will hopefully earn the winning team an easy gate to the next round.
We are of the understanding that the rules for the competition state that 10% of tickets are allocated to away fans . We are also led to believe that if segregation is in place with a detailed and structured plan then there would be no need to reduce the away fan allocation.
Birmingham City have over 9,000 season ticket holders so even our rightful allocation would mean over 50 % would have to miss out but to reduce it further through lack of thought is unprofessional. Those responsible for the planning must have known that a plan needed to be implemented from the day of the Cup draw.
We would also like to know if the 1400 ‘missing’ allocation will be used for segregation or will they be sold to home fans?
The controlled sale of all tickets would mean every ticket would be allocated to an individuals’ unique client reference number upon purchase therefore reducing the probability of any violence as all would know it would result in an immediate (probably lifetime) ban as would selling a ticket to a third party.
On behalf of the Blues fans, and the safety and well being of Birmingham City as a whole, the fans would like to be heard and know that our opinion matters, we all love our teams and would relish the opportunity of watching our live local derby, but are very aware that this cannot happen in the vast numbers that we would like.
We feel that this is a massive opportunity missed to show that the City of Birmingham can organise and control a big event with predetermined parameters if required. Manchester, Liverpool and London have moved ahead of Birmingham because of this. This fixture should be nothing but good publicity for Aston Villa, Birmingham City and the City of Birmingham as a whole.
We would like to take this opportunity to ask you to reconsider the allocation of tickets to Birmingham City FC fans as this is a memorable occasion for the City of Birmingham and should be shared, enjoyed and made a memorable occasion for all.
We have attached a proposal that we feel would result in the full allocation of 4200 tickets being awarded to Birmingham City Fans.
We look forward to your response
We would suggest that a temporary fence across Witton Lane segregates both home and away fans, allowing BCFC the North Stand Lower, ensuring that the back car park rear of the North stand is fenced. We would then make supporters collect tickets on match day from BCFC ticket office and have a fleet of buses to transport ALL fans to and from the ground that way there is no trouble and the supporters are managed and police have FULL control.