FA to blame for poor FA Cup semi final ticket sales?

Ollie Irish

13th, April 2007


blackburn.jpgWatford are reported to still have 1,500 unsold tickets for Saturday’s semi-final against Man Utd at Villa Park, whilst Blackburn and Chelsea, who meet at Old Trafford on Sunday at 4pm, have both failed to sell 8,000 tickets of their allocations. The FA has come in for criticism for its choice of venue, but, as they say in their defence, Villa Park and Old Trafford are ‘established venues’, used to hosting big cup games.
I don’t usually have much sympathy for Chelsea fans, but a trip to Old Trafford for a late-afternoon kick-off on Sunday means those making the trip back to London won’t get home until after midnight. Blackburn don’t have the biggest fanbase, but they only have to travel 40 miles, so I’m surprised that they have fallen that far short of selling out.

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  1. Joe says:

    Why couldn’t they do Blackburn-Chelsea in the midlands as well? Like you I’m not much of a fan of chelsea (or indeed of chelsea fans) but it would’ve been a lot fairer to host it in Coventry or Nottingham, it’s not like their grounds are too small…

  2. Ashley says:

    What’s that phrase about stuff going around and coming around? This is fantastic news for anyone who isn’t a fan of The FA/Sky/The Big Four, who can blame Blackburn fans for not wanting to shell out ridiculous prices to see a match that is seen as such a foregone conclusion by the media that they are already planning out the three meetings of Ferguson and Mourinho. When you create such a ridiculous monopoly, this is the inevitable result.