Am I a “glory hunter”?

I set an alarm early this morning, to remind me that tickets for the play-off final were going on general sale online at 5-00pm.
So imagine my disappointment when I read in the Brum Mail that we’ve sold out.
And frankly, it serves me right.

I believe the lowest level of requirement to get a ticket was that you’d attended at least three games during this season.
And that you were only entitled to one ticket, even if you were a season ticket holder.

Given that I haven’t attended a single game, well…. I just don’t deserve a ticket, do I?

For what it’s worth, I think Villa have played this ticket thing exactly right.
If you had a ST, you were guaranteed a ticket.
Why should you get two? If your mate or partner was an equally big fan, they’d have had a ST too and would be entitled to their own ticket.
So that was 20,000 plus tickets wiped out at a stroke.

Which only left 18,000 or so for those who had attended a few games.

All pretty fair in my opinion.
But it wasn’t enough, was it?

I suspect with a bit of extra hype, we could have sold well over 50,000.
Which makes Wembley’s 82,000 capacity seem ridiculously small.
It’s always been a massive bugbear of mine, that the new so-called “home of football” doesn’t have at least a 100,000 capacity.
There are clubs that have bigger capacities, let alone national stadiums, after all!
But I digress.

This is all contrary to Fulham’s stance, where apparently their season ticket holders were allowed up to five (!) tickets.
Again this makes sense, as a quick glance shows that they only get around 19,000 fans on average and even at two per ST, they might struggle to sell their allocation.
Yet they have sold out.
Which all makes me wonder where the extra tickets will go/have gone.
There are either going to be a lot of “pretend” Fulham fans at the game or Villa might end up with a lot more supporters than we think, at the ground.

Which all brings me round to my situation, where I’m in the process of trying to get a couple of corporate tickets via a neutral source.
Let me explain, before you slate me.

My stance has been that AVFC are playing this correctly and if they’ve sold out, it’s my tough luck.
People who have attended deserve a ticket more than me.

I’ve also said that as much as I want one, I’m not going to go out of my way to get one.
I don’t think I’m going to get a ticket but even if I do, I’ll refuse to pay any exhorbitant price for it.
Don’t get me wrong, I could afford it.
But I refuse to, through principle.
It’s a disgrace that money affords you some kind of entitlement when it comes to footy.

So while I’m half-heartedly looking for a ticket if things just go right, so I’m not actually that bothered if I get one either way.

Let me do the sums here;

I smoke.
I like a drink while watching the game.
I like a comfortable seat, where I can go for a leak and get back in a minute.
I don’t want the hassle of travelling down to a shithole stupidly chosen area of London that will host the game.
And travelling down there would involve the whole weekend off, when I have work to do.

As opposed to the camerarderie of the build up and the game itself.
And the fact that I can say “I was there”.

My conclusion is that I’m getting too old for the dancing and jumping up and down stuff, which is what I enjoyed the most about actually attending the games.
All the hassle of getting there and back isn’t worth the effort for 90 minutes.
And that seat, sat in a nice comfortable area on the halfway line is in no way better than my seat at home.
Then add on that I’m not looking at a load of ants, if I watch it on the telly.
Do I need to mention the replays, after I missed it the first time?

So while I’m not madly bothered either way, God, I really want to go.

Yes, I’m a glory-hunter, I’m afraid, if it comes down to attendance.
But hey, I run a Villa site, which hopefully gives me a bit of credit.


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  1. nath May 23, 2018 at 6:18 am .

    rowett must know derby are cost cutting next season, stoke offer him a better chance at promotion, they should be a far better bet for instant return to premiership. derby need a very good transfer window just to stand still

    been reading fulhams fans thinking of the final. just to see if they are nervous or fearing villa. they are really confident, they are respectful, but man for man they know they are better, villa weakness is lack of speed at the back.

    1. nath May 23, 2018 at 6:24 am .

      oh and they fear only grealish , they hope mcdonald will be his shadow and mark him out of the game. rest of villa midfield rely on grealish and forwards so stop grealish is key.

  2. Bill Pearson May 23, 2018 at 7:17 am .

    Your not on your own Badger, I’ve had that same disappointment on getting a ticket, we gave up 4 seats last season over the problem Villa was in, now it’s bitten us in the back side not having them. I was promised a ticket from other fans but it seems that its fell through, I like you don’t really deserve one by not attending games and its my own fault. I do buy from Villa from the shop, but that means nothing, still i might be lucky but I’m not banking on it.

  3. Hitchens60 May 23, 2018 at 7:31 am .

    My daughter might possibly have got tickets through her business that have a corporate box at VP (which, like you Badger, I prefer attending games in the box now rather than ‘standing’ in the Holte End with a seat rammed up by behind!). Anyway, as the whole family are Villa nuts, we’ve decided to have a barbecue with all the family attending and watch it on our large telly. OK not quite the same atmosphere but great seats and a memorable (we hope) family occasion – oh yes and no long distance travelling involved.

  4. Saddened May 23, 2018 at 9:16 am .

    Im going to Wembley and cannot wait – Fulham fans are very confident all 5000 of them 🙂 but I remember the Wolves fans being confident too……
    They say they are only concerned about Grealish, ha ha obviously not seen the Villa stats of who scores and assists, their defence is wobbly at best and we have players all over the pitch who can hurt them, let them put 3 on Grealish and leave Albert and Snograss to run them ragged.
    We Can and will do this !!!

  5. Bill Pearson May 23, 2018 at 5:58 pm .

    Good luck to you Saddened, You now should change your angle to Gladdened , I’m still on tender hooks if I’m going, I’ve sat and thought of the many times I’ve seen the Villa at Wembley, and also in Europe, this if I’m not going will be a big disappointment to me. But I’ve been their its your time now. I’ll just get drunk.

    1. Saddened May 23, 2018 at 11:02 pm .

      Bill, I change it to gladdened if we win on Saturday 🙂

  6. Bum Bum May 23, 2018 at 6:49 pm .

    I’m off to Wembley in disguise. I’ve been dieting like mad since the first Boro game so I’m stick thin, stayed out of the sun to keep me pale, and painted my big pointy nose blue on one side, red on the other.
    The only thing that will give me away from pretending to be a flagpole, will be the big stiffy I get when we score!
    Keep this under your hats lads!!!!!

    1. Hitchens60 May 23, 2018 at 7:01 pm .

      Really made me laugh. Good luck to you Bum Bum – keep the flag flying for all of us.

    2. Bum Bum May 23, 2018 at 7:08 pm .

      P.s. I’ve temporarily removed my septum so my conk flaps about in the wind. Thought I’d push the boat out for a smidge more authenticity.

    3. Bum Bum May 23, 2018 at 7:10 pm .

      P.s. I’ve also removed my septum so my conk flaps about in the wind. Thought I’d push the boat out for a smidge more authenticity. Wish me luck!

  7. Bill Pearson May 23, 2018 at 7:16 pm .

    Bum bum, how did you managed to diet, ?I just cannot stop eating junk food, biscuit curries, bacon and egg sandwich, I’ve got to loose a stone at least. got till October or its a new set of clothes.

    1. Bum Bum May 23, 2018 at 8:01 pm .

      Easy. Went out for a meal the other day and the teenage waiter had a face full of ripe yellow heads. As he was handing out the plates, he wiped his chin with the back of his hand and burst several. Have been living on distilled water until I can face eating food again. Not a diet I’d recommend!!

  8. Bum Bum May 23, 2018 at 8:07 pm .

    Is it just me, or is there a weird delay in posting on this site???? Mr Badger???

    1. DSVilla May 23, 2018 at 8:18 pm .

      Can I ask a question bum bum? My son has just got his ticket for final, and there is a tear off corner that says “concession to be given up”. His has already been removed but otherwise intact (it came direct from Villa ticket office). Is yours the same? He is a bit worried

      1. Bum Bum May 23, 2018 at 10:42 pm .

        I don’t actually have a ticket DS. If my disguise fails, I’ll be watching on TV like Badger and Bill (are they watching with Rupert The Bear???!!!). On a serious note, I’d call Wembley on 0800 169 2007 or 0800 169 7711. I do hate organisations that refuse to publish a telephone number on their website! Good luck DS.

      2. Saddened May 23, 2018 at 11:00 pm .

        DS i have two tickets one for me and one for my Son, one has a corner ripped of so I think it just so they know who has paid full price or not !!

        1. DSVilla May 24, 2018 at 11:34 am .

          Thanks to you both, bum bum and saddened. Panic over. Yes it’s to do with whether you pay full price or not.

    2. Hitchens60 May 23, 2018 at 9:18 pm .

      Had some problems with posts not appearing until later but in Badger we trust.

    3. Hitchens60 May 23, 2018 at 9:20 pm .

      Last post has ‘disappeared’ somewhere LOL

  9. Bill Pearson May 23, 2018 at 8:32 pm .

    Same here Bum bum, some dont to me till later on, err that would put me off food. all them yellow heads, urr.

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