Buying & Selling

Those of us that spend the majority of our time watching lower league or non-league football have no involvement in the awful process and uniquely undignified process of buying tickets. Outside of the Premier League, there are very few all-ticket matches. Some clubs don’t allow you to pay on the turnstile on the day, but getting advance tickets for a match involving, say, Brighton & Hove Albion is a fairly leisurely activity. If you phone the ticket hotline, it will more often than not be answered with an almost incredulous “Hello?”, as if the person answering the call was at best not in the slightest expecting the phone to ring or, at worst, sitting there wondering what that strange looking adding machine with a handle in front of them actually was. The ticketing arrangements for the FA Cup First Round match between AFC Wimbledon and Wycombe Wanderers to be played a week on Monday were made public on Wednesday. It is an inherent problem for the FA Cup. With the rounds of the competition being played out every two weeks since the middle of August, clubs that aren’t used to having to sell so many tickets at such short notice are thrown in at the deep end. Wimbledon have had all-ticket matches before (for example, their FA Trophy match against Torquay United last season), but with this match receiving...

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