TOWN are offering disappointed JP Trophy fans their money back towards a ticket for the derby at Leeds next month.
Any Town follower who bought a ticket for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy second-round defeat at Darlington can have a discount for the Elland Road clash on November 15, providing they show their ticket stub from the Darlington Arena, where Town lost 1-0.
The move has been agreed by chairman Ken Davy, chairman-elect Dean Hoyle and manager Stan Ternent, who continues the club’s quest to climb from 17th in the League I table at Swindon on Saturday.
The Galpharm hierarchy issued an official club statement apologising to supporters.
It said: “We are particularly disappointed (about the result at Darlington).
“People are going through difficult times at the moment, and this includes our fans and their families.
“Despite this, their backing for the club remains magnificent. It is important that the club recognises this and also does not take this support for granted.
“In these circumstances, we feel the right thing to do is offer the fans who travelled to Darlington and supported us their money back.
“If supporters purchased a ticket (at Darlington), they are asked to bring the ticket stub to the ticket office (at the Galpharm) and they will be discounted when buying a ticket for the match at Leeds United (Saturday, November 15), subject to meeting the ticketing criteria.”
Tuesday’s defeat to a goal by Alan White was Town’s fourth in succession at the first hurdle in the competition for lower-league clubs. While it was a second-round tie, Town had a bye in the first round.
Meanwhile, the club have decided to appeal against Gary Roberts’ straight red card in the match and hope disciplinary chiefs will overturn his three-match ban.