Like my associate Sean Whetstone I can see absolutely nothing to commend an end of season ballot for tickets or the tenner a time priority list idea.
Sean has made his feeling very clear in another blog on the site but I have just one question beyond what he has already asked of WHUFC.
How could a club with such great ideas for the future be so concerned of earning around £500,000 max from fans particularly after drawing widespread praise for offering offered rock bottom prices for Olympic Stadium season tickets.
£500,000k ? That’s not even the loan fee of an average defender and it’s not on.
As Sean points out there are likely to be around 25,000 on the list will be disappointed and out of pocket by £10 – that’s £250k .
The ballot is just another bad money making idea which could possibly net the same again and as a member of the ClaretandHugh Facebook Group points out: “It is also unfair that somebody can join the Academy now and have the same chance of getting tickets than those who joined at the beginning of the season. Please sort this out West Ham.“
We have come so far but this is small time financial thinking where the fans are put in the front line so we suggest:
- Bin the ballot now… and
- Return the tenners to those priority list members who haven’t a cat in hell’s chance of getting a season ticket!
Now that would be BIG thinking!