Shrewsbury Town v Colchester United
League Cup 1st Round
Tuesday, August 14th 2007, 7.45pm
By Glyn Berrington
First of all, black marks a-plenty to Shrewsbury for communication/lack of it.
Pre-season it was impossible to glean from their website what games were due to take place at The New Meadow – it took me 30 minutes trawling around their website to try to find who to contact about this, and then after I’d emailed my query two weeks to get a useless response
Deciding to try for the Colchester game, the website said that tickets would be at “the usual prices” but didn’t specify what these were!
Then I tried to phone the ticket office to ascertain whether it’s possible to buy tickets on the night (and if so are you allowed to park at the club to do so, being aware already that you can’t park for the game itself unless you’re a permit-holder), having got an engaged signal the first time I then got a recorded message followed by a 5-minute wait for a human being to answer whereupon I gave up.
To be fair, at 10.30am on matchday the website explained both that tickets bought on the night would be at the same price as those bought in advance (because of the difficulty people had had in getting tickets, the online ticketing system not yet operative) and that it is possible to go on site to buy tickets up to two hours before kick-off – but I’m lucky in that I can get access to the internet during the daytime/office hours, others can’t
The Stadium is signposted from about a mile away – yet not when you get to it!! Nor are the park-and-ride venues signposted from the stadium, so having collected my ticket, no information on where to go.
Good word for the guy in the ticket office who found me an aisle seat (necessary with my long legs one of which is still recovering from hip-replacement).
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