The Blue Union have sent this following letter to CEO’s of Everton Football Club and Arsenal Football Club, Robert Elstone and Ivan Gazidis regarding the ticket pricing of the upcoming FA Cup 6th Round clash:
For the Attention of:
Robert Elstone, Everton Football Club
Dave Biggar, Commercial Director, Everton Football Club
Ivan Gazidis, Chief Executive, Arsenal Football Club
Ivan Worsell, Ticketing and Services Director, Arsenal Football Club
Following yesterday’s draw for the 6th Round of the FA Cup, we are writing on behalf of Everton Supporters group The Blue Union and all Evertonians to ensure that the match going supporters of both clubs are treated in the fairest way possible for this fixture.
The league game on the 08/12/2013 saw Everton fans charged £35.50p per ticket for a fixture played on a Sunday evening with 4.00pm KO, what we believe to be a fair and equitable price. Our forthcoming FA Cup tie is also likely to have a KO for the benefit of TV schedules rather than match going fans, plus we anticipate difficulties using public transport to get to and from the game. We understand that if we receive our full entitlement 9,000 ticket allocation at Category A prices, this would mean that ticket prices could range from £62 to £93 for Everton Supporters.
Taking all of these factors in to account, we ask that the following be considered:
Kick off time
It is highly likely that this match will be televised. We are aware that the clubs don’t get to decide the day or date or the kick off times, however you are consulted. In fairness to the fans we would ask that the consideration is given to those who need to travel considerable distances at great expense. We understand that the last train from Euston leaves at 21.00 on Saturday the 8th of March due to planned maintenance on the West Coast mainline. The only realistic alternative, a long and arduous road trip. Clearly little no consideration is given to those who actually attend matchs from those setting kick off times. We ask, that on our behalf, you push to make sure that we are not in a similar position again where fans will experience many difficulties.
We understand that Coventry’s FA cup tickets were priced at £25.50 and that Liverpool where £35 and we would request that tickets are priced in the same manner. Similarly, in the event that this match ends up being replayed at Goodison, that a similar arrangement is reached with our ticket prices.
We also note that in accordance with FA Cup rule 22 (b) (iii), each club will receive 45% of the gate revenues. Such an arrangement, we feel, provides an opportunity for flexibility in the pricing structure that would assist fans and mean neither club is at a financial disadvantage to each other.
In line with the FA rule (21. (a)) we ask that both clubs ensure that we are granted the full 15% allocation for this fixture.
We look forward to hearing from you on this important matter and we are keen to discuss this issue with yourselves further to reach a solution, especially given the short time available ahead of the fixture and possible ticket sales.