Ports to voice fans’ concerns in cup final ticket row

Mark McAllister enjoys the moment following the first goal of the semi-final. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

Mark McAllister enjoys the moment following the first goal of the semi-final. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

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Portadown club secretary Bill Emerson will travel to next week’s Irish Football Association meeting armed with a list of concerns following confirmation that cup final tickets will go on sale via Ticketmaster.

A meeting between Portadown and Glentoran, the governing body and Ticketmaster is scheduled for next Thursday afternoon to review the issue plus general plans.

The news has sparked an angry reaction from the Portadown fanbase due to a wide-ranging list of concerns over the logistics of the operation.

One major fear is the increased risk of security trouble as an online system potentially allows anyone to purchase a ticket for any section.

The expected limitation on block bookings is considered another problem given the tradition of other sports clubs or groups attending the Irish Cup final in large numbers.

Additional fees and the difficulties in negotiating an online ticket system could also create issues, especially for elderly supporters unfamiliar with the internet.

We will be bringing our own concerns and those of the supporters

Bill Emerson

“We will be bringing our own concerns and those of the supporters,” said Emerson. “We have had communication from individuals and supporters’ clubs voicing concerns and asking questions.”

One proposed compromise would be an allocation of online options via Ticketmaster, but also the traditional process of tickets distributed for sale directly via the clubs.

A spokesperson for the Irish Football Association said, “At this stage I can confirm that tickets for the Cup Final will be available through Ticketmaster. Full details will be made available in due course.”