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TOWN IN VILLA TALKS

18 December 2012

Blues hoping to secure more tickets for Cup trip after impressing Premier League opposition

Town are in discussions with Aston Villa about the possibility of purchasing more tickets for the FA Cup tie at Villa Park in January.

Blues travel to the midlands for the third round tie on January 5 backed by a travelling Blue Army of 2900 – the maximum number of tickets that the Club could take on a sale or return allocation.

The last of those tickets were sold this morning but Town’s Ticket Office manager John Ford has told the Club website that Blues have now requested more from Villa. 

“We could have taken 15 per cent (6000 seats) of the stadium capacity but we would have had to pay for all of those tickets regardless of whether we sold them or not,” John told www.itfc.co.uk.

“Our current average travelling support is 646 and we had much less than that, 419 to be precise who went to Leeds on Saturday and this is one of the factors we based our decision on. 

“It would have been naive of us to look at taking 6000 tickets and risk being considerably out of pocket so we took the maximum we could at sale or return.

“Season ticket holders and Silver Club members had until yesterday to purchase their tickets and there were steady sales throughout this period. The remaining tickets went on general sale with the last 200 going in 35 minutes this morning. 

“We have spoken to Aston Villa and they have been impressed that we have sold out so quickly. We have asked if they will consider providing us with more tickets but that will be dependent on their stadium configuration as they have been selling tickets for the game for two weeks.”

Villa also have a Capital One Cup semi-final scheduled for three or four days after the FA Cup tie. 



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