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12 minutes ago, 47er said:

Is it not possible to wipe just the offending comments from someone who has merely quoted a post or would it take up too much time?

But then it would look like Matty wasn't talking to anyone, if I removed the quote from his post....

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2 hours ago, tomphil said:

Basically if you buy an ST but have to miss a lot of games they should perhaps tot it up at the end of the season and either give you 10% off renewing again or club cash points ?

Although you don't want to encourage people not to turn up if they can't be arsed but many games get jerked about these days so surely the committed fan is entitled to something back for missing out !

Something like that might work. If you're committed enough to be prepared to buy a ST then, if you miss a match, it's not often that you can't be bothered to go. It's because something makes it nigh on impossible for you to be there, either work, or travel, illness or family obligations.  Doing something to reward you for buying the ST and committing cash to the club in advance would be feelgood. The Sharks idea is to get more people into the ground as they currently have one of if not the lowest attendances in the league so a free ticket for someone else for a future match of your choice is good for them. 

When my kids were at home it was easy enough to pass season tickets to someone else (yes, I know you're not supposed to but everyone does) but now they don't live close enough to be able to attend if we can't.  But being able to get a free ticket for them if I couldn't attend a ST match would mean we could have a family outing again. 

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I could probably only get to 5 or 6 at home guaranteed at the min and maybe 10 maximum and that's 3pm Saturdays so i'm being a bit selfish looking at it like that but i'm sure there's a few in the same position.  Price isn't really an issue at the min IF I could guarantee 10 games or more but I can't so a bit of something else might make it more worthwhile.

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I can empathise with the sentiment and could benefit from such a scheme myself. I already know I will miss several games this coming season as I’m away for the second half of August and 6 weeks in Feb/March.

But just offering a free ticket for a future game for any you miss will mean hundreds suddenly unable to get to Ewood on a cold wet Tuesday night at home to Charlton but all wanting to bring a mate to PNE at home on a Saturday

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1 hour ago, only2garners said:

I can empathise with the sentiment and could benefit from such a scheme myself. I already know I will miss several games this coming season as I’m away for the second half of August and 6 weeks in Feb/March.

But just offering a free ticket for a future game for any you miss will mean hundreds suddenly unable to get to Ewood on a cold wet Tuesday night at home to Charlton but all wanting to bring a mate to PNE at home on a Saturday

That's the problem it would surely throw up especially in a dismal run or season petering out to nothing so just some modest gesture might be better.  The angle I was coming at it from though was to try and tempt a few more to buy STs who might be in two minds rather than just reward people for buying them or compensate non attending.

Best tried and trusted way in these parts is back to the old school heavy discounts for everyone or a pledge/cash back offer of some sort. Always gets a few thousand extra, combine it with backing up the words of some decent signings and getting rid of non contributors and you're on to a winner, in relative terms.

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4 hours ago, only2garners said:

I can empathise with the sentiment and could benefit from such a scheme myself. I already know I will miss several games this coming season as I’m away for the second half of August and 6 weeks in Feb/March.

But just offering a free ticket for a future game for any you miss will mean hundreds suddenly unable to get to Ewood on a cold wet Tuesday night at home to Charlton but all wanting to bring a mate to PNE at home on a Saturday

I did say it might not work at Ewood. It was more about the idea of some kind of incentive other than lower match day prices as opposed to walk on prices. The problem is that if you're going to miss lots of games the price difference gets smaller so buying a season ticket if you know you'll definitely miss 6 games becomes less enticing as you know events over a season will cause you to probably miss another couple. Compensating for that in some offer would perhaps entice a few who are going to be borderline. I don't know but its just a more imaginative idea than some I've heard. And you can't just choose on the day at Sale. You have to give 72 hours notice and of course you could block certain high demand matches from free tickets if you made that clear when the scheme was set up. But it wouldn't have to be ticket exchange. It could be other rewards like money off friends tickets or off your next season ticket, discounts in shop, or whatever you think might make wavering fans commit

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I too would love to find a way of encouraging more people to take out season tickets rather than picking a few games a season. Everyone these days has lots of other pressing demands on their time, be it working, looking after children, family events or like me being retired and able to travel for longer periods.

Tomphil - It would be great to have an incentive for those marginal fans to get them over the line, but any scheme like that would just give an incentive for many existing ST holders to attend fewer games.

I can’t see giving fans a good reason to pick and choose working. Another point we have to contend with is all the midweek games on the Sky red button. It’s difficult enough for many to get to midweek games as it is and a real problem for anyone with young kids, so offering any sort of “incentive” is just going to greatly depress actual attendances, further downgrading the match day experience.

I would be delighted if a scheme could be found though.

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How about giving the ST holder £5/£10 (credit off any Rovers purchase, club shop or tickets etc) back for every match they don't attend?

 

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12 hours ago, K-Hod said:

But then it would look like Matty wasn't talking to anyone, if I removed the quote from his post....

Its just that sometimes posters make several points i the one post. Is it possible to excise just those quotes from a "banned" post and leave the rest intact?

No big deal----just a thought.

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15 hours ago, gumboots said:

Sale Sharks do a seat exchange scheme. If you ring them up to 72 hours before a match to say you can't attend, they cancel your ST for that match so nobody can use it but issue an extra ticket for a game of your choice. On that day you go along on your ST but get an extra ticket to take a mate or family member who does not have an ST. Might not work at Ewood but the kind of imaginative thinking that might encourage more to commit to an ST if their concern is missing too many games and therefore not getting value

I would absolutely love something like this. It is actually something that would tempt me back to Ewood after missing the last two seasons (having had a season ticket for 20+ years before hand). I work shifts and the thought of missing a game but getting a ticket back to use for my Dad for a game I could attend would really appeal. Even a 15 game season ticket would be great (at a slightly higher % rate than a full season ticket) would probably appeal too. Obviously the 15 game ticket would probably be business suicide as the majority may go for that, but I simply do not get value from a season ticket from a personal point of view and popping down to Ewood for a single game here and there has led me to attend 3 times in 2 seasons as I’ve simply got out of the habit. 

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Is Sales Sharks wage bill tied to any comparable FFP-style oversight by the RFU?

Its so precarious running a non-Premier League Club and BRFC must be the worst one in the League to assess how to price Season-Tickets.

And then there is the annual Gumboots phenomenon.

Just observing.

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Rugby operates on a salary cap. Don't know about what the rules are with respect to overall funding but what you pay your players is capped. Doesn't stop Sale having De Klerk, both Curry twins who've just signed new contracts, Solomona,   Chris Ashton and a number of other very good players. No doubt if you are really interested you can find the rules on the Premiership Rugby website. 

And you brought up the ST question. I know you don't care whether I buy one or not. That wasn't the point here. It was to look at ways other clubs and other sports try to improve ST takeup and overall attendances. My purchase of a ST or not only came up in that context

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12 minutes ago, S8 & Blue said:

He probably won’t though, will he?

No, he'll imply that Rovers historically isn't a big club and then go on to question the commitment of the fans.

Just like he did last summer. 

Edited by blueboy3333

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Thought I’d go to a Boro forum to see if there’s any gossip up there about Assombalonga... there isn’t!

But I did spot this thread. Some fella from Darwen Cricket Club saying there are ‘new drinking restrictions around Ewood’... ergo the only place for a pint is his club.

I’ve not heard anything? So is it just a canny bit of marketing from DCC aimed at visiting fans? 

https://www.oneboro.co.uk/forum/topic/8430-blackburn-away/

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3 hours ago, Mattyblue said:

Thought I’d go to a Boro forum to see if there’s any gossip up there about Assombalonga... there isn’t!

But I did spot this thread. Some fella from Darwen Cricket Club saying there are ‘new drinking restrictions around Ewood’... ergo the only place for a pint is his club.

I’ve not heard anything? So is it just a canny bit of marketing from DCC aimed at visiting fans? 

https://www.oneboro.co.uk/forum/topic/8430-blackburn-away/

The fact he says Darwen Cricket Club is only 5 minutes from Ewood Park tells you all you need to know about that post. 

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4 minutes ago, Hasta said:

"Darwen Cricket Club is only 5 minutes from Ewood Park 

"... on a non-match day with all the traffic lights between the cricket ground & Ewood on green."

I think it's called advertising!😉

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Interesting approach to match day tickets. 

Slight increase to Category A and B (£1 more generally)

But, Category C has been removed, replaced by a Category A+ just for Leeds and... Sheff Wed. £40 behind the goals, £45 Jack Walker upper!!!

I can only presume this is payback for big prices at their ground, as Sheff Wed rarely bring more than 1500/2000, so it won’t be a massive earner like say if Preston was A+

 

 

Edited by Mattyblue

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Well at least it's fleecing them like they fleece others I suppose.

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