The Wicked Away Tickets Scam.
Doncha just loathe these international breaks? Come the weekend,we will be heading into our third of the season already. Plays merry hell with the Saturday planning when there isn’t a decent match available for me and my mates to watch and argue over. We tend not to bother if there isn’t a decent game on,and what is available during international breaks isn’t what we class as football.
Of course,the authorities in Scotland are doing their best to wreck my enjoyment in other ways,this time by scheduling The League Cup Final for 3pm on a Sunday. Not much chance of me making my night shift if I watch that,but at least I won’t have to cough up £45 to sit in the least spectator-friendly stadium known to mankind.
If you can get a ticket,that is…
So,The Wicked Away Tickets Scam. You can figure out for yourselves a suitable acronym for it,I couldn’t possibly comment. From what I understand,Celtic run three schemes regarding tickets for domestic matches.
There’s the system used for Season Tickets. Fairly straightforward. If you’ve already got a ticket,you get sent a reminder to cough up for the following season by about the previous Christmas. If you wish to move seats,you let them know and you can take your pick from those available. I’d say that works pretty well for all involved,even if I do think that being forced to be paying for your ticket before you know what you’ll be watching the next season is distinctly iffy.
(I won’t even mention the waiting list for this,btw. That’s a different matter which could also do with a light being shown on it.)
The next one is really a follow-up to that,and that’s The Home Cup Tickets Scheme. If you are a member of the previous scheme,a season ticket holder,you can apply to have a ticket automatically for every home game in domestic cup competitions. Of course,every game means every game-unless you opt out. The disadvantage here is obvious,you have to pay no matter the attractiveness of the opposition. Or if you’re on holiday or otherwise unable to attend. Them’s the breaks cos them’s the rules. The advantage,a somewhat dubious one,is that adherence to the rules of membership of this scheme-did I mention that your benefits are annulled should you choose not to attend,despite having already paid?-entitles you to a ticket at The Showpiece Matches,drum roll!!! Yes,cough up for the Wednesday nights in September or the Saturdays in January and February and you will be eligible for a ticket to the semi-final and final of both cup competitions.
Actually,that’s not too bad a deal when you think about it. After all,the early round matches are usually heavily discounted so getting a ticket for the big games as a result,winner innit? Naw. Eligible doesn’t mean guaranteed. It means that you are eligible for the miserable few thousand tickets available to the support-the SFA/SPFL and their hangers on,sponsors,corporate,these all take precedence over you,the paying customer. You,the paying customer,are eligible by membership of The Home Ticket Scheme to have your name entered in a ballot. Yep,crumbs from the rich man’s table if ever I saw it.
Which brings me to the matter in hand,and it has a measure of topicality,given the latest outbursts in the media against the fans for having the temerity to create a banner ridiculing a fascist dictator. The Wicked Away Tickets Scam.
For years now,our board have had reason-nay,excuses-,to berate the behaviour of our away fans. Think of the Boxing Day occasion at Dundee when our fans got slaughtered by their Security Manager. The defaced and damaged-I really expect comments on this from people with a decent memory!-seats at Motherwell. The constant singing of songs which they know piss off the club and give those who hate us another stick to beat us with,plus of course the ubiquitous pyro party.
So who gets these tickets then? Who is it that I s shaming us in the eyes of those I mentioned above? And week after week,btw. It’s not a one-off. Well,there’s no point in asking me,I’ve not got a clue. By rights,it should be COSYCORNERBHOY and ATHINGOFBEAUTY but it bloody well isnae. By rights,too,it could be other readers of this site,yourself included. Because by rights,it should be everyone who has had their name down on The Wicked Away Tickets Scam for a few years.
Or TWO DECADES in their case,and I’m sure that they’re not alone.
BIGGEORGESFANCLUB and his lad kept us entertained for years-they also kept us entertained in McChuills the other week,and my grateful thanks!-as they drove everywhere we played,chasing tickets all the way. Why not put your name down for The Wicked Away Ticket Scam? Oh,you did and you’ve not been lucky yet? Oh,join the club. Seems it is a rather large one.
So here’s a plan. Celtic obviously know who they issue the tickets to. Mostly to registered supporters clubs but also to individuals. Make an effort to identify the people that you think are bringing the club into disrepute and withdraw their privileges. It’s the same people every week-btw,when I was going to the Away games in the 70s and 80s it was the same people too,plus ca change-so it should be an easy task. And there’s a bonus-it will free up away tickets for people who have been desperate for them for years!
When you think about it,there shouldn’t be anyone on The Wicked Away Tickets Scam who is less than twenty years old. I’m sure COSYCORNERBHOY and ATHINGOFBEAUTY can’t have been on it the longest-if so,I expect them to hit paydirt soon!-but given they’ve been on it for two decades now,that surely means that even if some Dad registered his lad on TWATS on the way back from the registry office,the youngest recipient of a TWATS would be a stranger to his teens? I think that’s a fair point,but it clearly isn’t the case in reality.
Monday 30 September. ATHINGOFBEAUTY and I called into the ticket shack at Celtic Park. Ticket for Cluj please,there’s my season ticket. Yes,an additional one. Thank you. We were on the way to Hamilton Races,and we planned on having an excellent time. Which we did. Ticket? Icing on the cake. All smiles as we walked out.
Until we heard the conversation from two young teens at the desk we had just left.
“Just up for our two tickets for Aberdeen away,doll. Aye,got wur season tickets and ID.”
ATHINGOFBEAUTY nearly handbagged them! She was raging,and that in itself has always been ATHINGOFBEAUTY btw!!! And she was right. These guys were off school for the holiday,came up for their tickets. Tickets in their name,obviously. Not via an affiliated supporters club. She reckons they were about twelve-told you she was raging!-but probably 15yo,I reckon. No harm to them,we both hope they had a great time at the game and saw a famous result and an outstanding performance.
There are people on that TWAT Scam longer than those two lads have been alive!
That is clearly not right. And however and whoever allocates the new Golden Ticket needs a good talking to on how a waiting list works.
Or a handbagging from ATHINGOFBEAUTY!!!
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