ALL the tickets for Town’s FA Cup clash away at Chelsea have now been snapped up – but some fans are far from happy.
A long queue formed outside the ticket office at the Galpharm Stadium when the final 203 tickets of Town’s 6,126 allocation for the game next Saturday went on sale yesterday morning.
One teenage fan said there were almost 300 in the queue, but said the tickets quickly ran out and that people in front of him were allowed to buy as many tickets as they wanted – and tickets were also being sold over the phone too.
Robert McGuin, 19, of Marsh, said: “The first fans had started queuing from 5.30am and I got there around 7am. I was about 100th in line, but when it got to about 40 in front of me the tickets ran out. One man had come from Nottingham and didn’t get one.’’
He reckoned some people were allowed to buy 20 tickets – a claim which has been strongly refuted by the club.
But Robert said: “If I’d known people could have bought as many tickets as they wanted or phoned up to buy them, me and a lot of others in that queue would not have bothered going. Some had even taken time off work.
“When the season ticket-holders were allowed to buy them at first they were only allowed one ticket each and that’s what I presumed would happen when they went on general sale.
“When I arrived and saw about 100 people in front of me I thought I’d certainly get a ticket.’’
He added: “About 200 people behind me were left very disappointed and angry.’’
Huddersfield Town’s ticket office manager, Sue Beaumont, said the tickets had sold out by 9.30am yesterday.
She stressed that when tickets go on general sale there is no restriction on how many are sold to each person and before many games people come down and buy several for friends.
But she said the largest number they sold to one fan yesterday morning was just six – and that was to a season ticket-holder who was taking his family with him.
She added: “We did not think there would be any left to go on general sale. We sold more at the windows than on the phone as phone transactions take longer. We understand people are disappointed. They are passionate about the club.
“We made a waiting list of fans in the queue and will contact them if we get any tickets back. We usually do from people who are unwell and not able to travel.’’