Cherries: Hughes help a key factor for cup star Eunan

EMERGING Cherries talent Eunan O’Kane believes the experience of role model Richard Hughes will boost his Dean Court development.

Summer signing O’Kane revealed he had been regularly quizzing his midfield colleague in a bid to tap into his knowledge of the game.

O’Kane has flourished since being handed a first-team spot by boss Eddie Howe and he has scored three goals in his past seven starting appearances.

A £175,000 recruit from Torquay, O’Kane hit the headlines on Saturday when his goal earned Cherries a 1-1 FA Cup draw at Premier League Wigan.

The 22-year-old says he is benefiting from working alongside ex-Scotland international Hughes, who returned to the team for the third round clash.

And O’Kane reckons Hughes’s nous will prove useful as he attempts to fulfil his potential.

The former Everton scholar told the Daily Echo: “I speak to Hughesie about situations whenever I can.

“He has been there and done it and I try to soak up as much information as I can.

“I think, sometimes, he maybe tells me to go away because I ask him too many questions.

“But he is someone who knows an awful lot about the game and someone who has done an awful lot so, as a young lad, I am going to try to tap into his knowledge. If he can teach me one or two things – or 20 things – then I will be very happy to learn from him.”

Hughes was deployed in a deep-lying central midfield role alongside O’Kane and Harry Arter at DW Stadium.

“Hughesie is tremendous to have behind you,” said O’Kane. “He allowed me and Harry a little bit more freedom to get higher up the pitch and support Tubbsy. It gave us a little bit more freedom to be creative as well.

“Everyone does a job for the team and Hughesie came in on Saturday and did absolutely great.”

O’Kane’s fine strike helped Cherries make it 17 matches unbeaten since Howe’s appointment as Paul Groves’s successor.

He is hoping the Dorset outfit can continue their form in the home clash with League One promotion rivals Swindon on Saturday.

O’Kane added: “Hopefully, the manager is rewarding me for my performances and long may it continue that I stay in the team and that the team keeps winning.

“It was tremendous to go to a Premier League side and cross them off as not having taken the run from us. That is something we have got to cherish and, hopefully, continue when we play Swindon on Saturday.

“It will be a tough test for us and we need to pick up points against Swindon to keep alive our dream of promotion.

“We need to put the run to the back of our minds and just concentrate now on picking up a win against Swindon.”

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9:14am Tue 8 Jan 13

Square Old Codger says...

It's an important game for us, a real six pointer against a very good and inform team - they don't get any easier do they. Though both are free scoring teams I would expect a very tight game, with a single goal in it, with Richard Hughes retaining his place, 1 - 0 to us, would certainly be acceptable.
It's an important game for us, a real six pointer against a very good and inform team - they don't get any easier do they. Though both are free scoring teams I would expect a very tight game, with a single goal in it, with Richard Hughes retaining his place, 1 - 0 to us, would certainly be acceptable. Square Old Codger
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9:24am Tue 8 Jan 13

kangman2012 says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
It's an important game for us, a real six pointer against a very good and inform team - they don't get any easier do they. Though both are free scoring teams I would expect a very tight game, with a single goal in it, with Richard Hughes retaining his place, 1 - 0 to us, would certainly be acceptable.
Always been a difficult league to get promoted from SOC. Have to agree with you about Swindon being a "six-pointer". If we can get 3 points on Saturday it will have a huge psychological bearing on the remainder of the season - come on you mighty reds - UTC!
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: It's an important game for us, a real six pointer against a very good and inform team - they don't get any easier do they. Though both are free scoring teams I would expect a very tight game, with a single goal in it, with Richard Hughes retaining his place, 1 - 0 to us, would certainly be acceptable.[/p][/quote]Always been a difficult league to get promoted from SOC. Have to agree with you about Swindon being a "six-pointer". If we can get 3 points on Saturday it will have a huge psychological bearing on the remainder of the season - come on you mighty reds - UTC! kangman2012
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10:36am Tue 8 Jan 13

babyduck says...

Am I right in thinking Swindon have lost a number of key players returning to their parent clubs after the expiration of their loans? Thought Di Canio (legend btw) was talking about paying out of his own pocket to have them back but chairman says no money available. Whatever, we are at home and looking to avenge the 4-0 drubbing . Not that that counts now as it was during the dumb and dumber reign. In Eddie we trust. UTCIAD.
Am I right in thinking Swindon have lost a number of key players returning to their parent clubs after the expiration of their loans? Thought Di Canio (legend btw) was talking about paying out of his own pocket to have them back but chairman says no money available. Whatever, we are at home and looking to avenge the 4-0 drubbing . Not that that counts now as it was during the dumb and dumber reign. In Eddie we trust. UTCIAD. babyduck
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11:09am Tue 8 Jan 13

Local fan says...

All our games are massive now. FA Cup replay ticketing details now on club website. There was a huge queue there this morning so I didn't bother as being a season ticket holder I have until Friday evening to get mine.Its going to be a sell out, and I expect our league matches will also be from now on. Its a great time to buy a half way season ticket and avoid more queues.
All our games are massive now. FA Cup replay ticketing details now on club website. There was a huge queue there this morning so I didn't bother as being a season ticket holder I have until Friday evening to get mine.Its going to be a sell out, and I expect our league matches will also be from now on. Its a great time to buy a half way season ticket and avoid more queues. Local fan
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11:22am Tue 8 Jan 13

Tkboy says...

Ticket sales mess for replay and Pompey, online sales suspended and 93 people waiting on phone sales.
Ticket sales mess for replay and Pompey, online sales suspended and 93 people waiting on phone sales. Tkboy
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12:24pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Justin Otherfan says...

I think Hughes has a large part to play in the side. He did a superb job against Wigan and provides vital experience. I have watched him, and he is constantly talking to all the team. Even when he is warming up as a sub you can see him shouting advice onto the pitch.
I think Hughes has a large part to play in the side. He did a superb job against Wigan and provides vital experience. I have watched him, and he is constantly talking to all the team. Even when he is warming up as a sub you can see him shouting advice onto the pitch. Justin Otherfan
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1:56pm Tue 8 Jan 13

redNblack says...

Tkboy wrote:
Ticket sales mess for replay and Pompey, online sales suspended and 93 people waiting on phone sales.
Took me over an hour in the phone sales queue to get the Wigan replay tickets.
[quote][p][bold]Tkboy[/bold] wrote: Ticket sales mess for replay and Pompey, online sales suspended and 93 people waiting on phone sales.[/p][/quote]Took me over an hour in the phone sales queue to get the Wigan replay tickets. redNblack
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1:57pm Tue 8 Jan 13

redNblack says...

Danny Hollands signed on another months loan with Swindon.
Danny Hollands signed on another months loan with Swindon. redNblack
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3:32pm Tue 8 Jan 13

boyerboy says...

Tkboy wrote:
Ticket sales mess for replay and Pompey, online sales suspended and 93 people waiting on phone sales.
Unless I am mistaken, didn`t you come to the ground and managed to jump the queue by about 90 minutes ??????
[quote][p][bold]Tkboy[/bold] wrote: Ticket sales mess for replay and Pompey, online sales suspended and 93 people waiting on phone sales.[/p][/quote]Unless I am mistaken, didn`t you come to the ground and managed to jump the queue by about 90 minutes ?????? boyerboy
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3:59pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Tkboy says...

boyerboy wrote:
Tkboy wrote:
Ticket sales mess for replay and Pompey, online sales suspended and 93 people waiting on phone sales.
Unless I am mistaken, didn`t you come to the ground and managed to jump the queue by about 90 minutes ??????
I'm sorry I have no idea what you are talking about! ;-)
[quote][p][bold]boyerboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tkboy[/bold] wrote: Ticket sales mess for replay and Pompey, online sales suspended and 93 people waiting on phone sales.[/p][/quote]Unless I am mistaken, didn`t you come to the ground and managed to jump the queue by about 90 minutes ??????[/p][/quote]I'm sorry I have no idea what you are talking about! ;-) Tkboy
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5:57pm Tue 8 Jan 13

CherryFarmer says...

As usual.....big game = ticket shambles. I can't get over to ground which is over an hour away for me and then queue up for 2 hours. I usually go to most home and away games with my son who lives and works in London. With no online sales or telephone sales being available this means neither of us can get tickets. Don't get me wrong....i am delighted that the game will be sold out but not so pleased obviously that we wont be there and that 3000 people who rarely go to Dean Court will be able to see the game rather than a regular loyal supporter....and before anyone says "get a season ticket", i would do but unfortunately neither of us can see every home game...and tend to see as many away games as home. Just wish that some of these occasional visitors would be less occasional and actually support the club.....so frustrating.
As usual.....big game = ticket shambles. I can't get over to ground which is over an hour away for me and then queue up for 2 hours. I usually go to most home and away games with my son who lives and works in London. With no online sales or telephone sales being available this means neither of us can get tickets. Don't get me wrong....i am delighted that the game will be sold out but not so pleased obviously that we wont be there and that 3000 people who rarely go to Dean Court will be able to see the game rather than a regular loyal supporter....and before anyone says "get a season ticket", i would do but unfortunately neither of us can see every home game...and tend to see as many away games as home. Just wish that some of these occasional visitors would be less occasional and actually support the club.....so frustrating. CherryFarmer
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7:02pm Tue 8 Jan 13

eaststandman says...

CherryFarmer wrote:
As usual.....big game = ticket shambles. I can't get over to ground which is over an hour away for me and then queue up for 2 hours. I usually go to most home and away games with my son who lives and works in London. With no online sales or telephone sales being available this means neither of us can get tickets. Don't get me wrong....i am delighted that the game will be sold out but not so pleased obviously that we wont be there and that 3000 people who rarely go to Dean Court will be able to see the game rather than a regular loyal supporter....and before anyone says "get a season ticket", i would do but unfortunately neither of us can see every home game...and tend to see as many away games as home. Just wish that some of these occasional visitors would be less occasional and actually support the club.....so frustrating.
Totally agree with you. I'm lucky enough to have a season ticket, so my seat is safe till friday.

Nevertheless, the glory hunters do pee the real supporters off. Maybe they should bring back the old 'save your last 6 ticket stubbs' again.
[quote][p][bold]CherryFarmer[/bold] wrote: As usual.....big game = ticket shambles. I can't get over to ground which is over an hour away for me and then queue up for 2 hours. I usually go to most home and away games with my son who lives and works in London. With no online sales or telephone sales being available this means neither of us can get tickets. Don't get me wrong....i am delighted that the game will be sold out but not so pleased obviously that we wont be there and that 3000 people who rarely go to Dean Court will be able to see the game rather than a regular loyal supporter....and before anyone says "get a season ticket", i would do but unfortunately neither of us can see every home game...and tend to see as many away games as home. Just wish that some of these occasional visitors would be less occasional and actually support the club.....so frustrating.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with you. I'm lucky enough to have a season ticket, so my seat is safe till friday. Nevertheless, the glory hunters do pee the real supporters off. Maybe they should bring back the old 'save your last 6 ticket stubbs' again. eaststandman
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7:08pm Tue 8 Jan 13

CherryFarmer says...

eaststandman wrote:
CherryFarmer wrote:
As usual.....big game = ticket shambles. I can't get over to ground which is over an hour away for me and then queue up for 2 hours. I usually go to most home and away games with my son who lives and works in London. With no online sales or telephone sales being available this means neither of us can get tickets. Don't get me wrong....i am delighted that the game will be sold out but not so pleased obviously that we wont be there and that 3000 people who rarely go to Dean Court will be able to see the game rather than a regular loyal supporter....and before anyone says "get a season ticket", i would do but unfortunately neither of us can see every home game...and tend to see as many away games as home. Just wish that some of these occasional visitors would be less occasional and actually support the club.....so frustrating.
Totally agree with you. I'm lucky enough to have a season ticket, so my seat is safe till friday.

Nevertheless, the glory hunters do pee the real supporters off. Maybe they should bring back the old 'save your last 6 ticket stubbs' again.
I always keep my old tickets for a while....just in case this happens. Maybe a type of membership scheme like premiership clubs run is the answer? Extra income for the club as well.
[quote][p][bold]eaststandman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CherryFarmer[/bold] wrote: As usual.....big game = ticket shambles. I can't get over to ground which is over an hour away for me and then queue up for 2 hours. I usually go to most home and away games with my son who lives and works in London. With no online sales or telephone sales being available this means neither of us can get tickets. Don't get me wrong....i am delighted that the game will be sold out but not so pleased obviously that we wont be there and that 3000 people who rarely go to Dean Court will be able to see the game rather than a regular loyal supporter....and before anyone says "get a season ticket", i would do but unfortunately neither of us can see every home game...and tend to see as many away games as home. Just wish that some of these occasional visitors would be less occasional and actually support the club.....so frustrating.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with you. I'm lucky enough to have a season ticket, so my seat is safe till friday. Nevertheless, the glory hunters do pee the real supporters off. Maybe they should bring back the old 'save your last 6 ticket stubbs' again.[/p][/quote]I always keep my old tickets for a while....just in case this happens. Maybe a type of membership scheme like premiership clubs run is the answer? Extra income for the club as well. CherryFarmer
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7:11pm Tue 8 Jan 13

abc100 says...

CherryFarmer wrote:
As usual.....big game = ticket shambles. I can't get over to ground which is over an hour away for me and then queue up for 2 hours. I usually go to most home and away games with my son who lives and works in London. With no online sales or telephone sales being available this means neither of us can get tickets. Don't get me wrong....i am delighted that the game will be sold out but not so pleased obviously that we wont be there and that 3000 people who rarely go to Dean Court will be able to see the game rather than a regular loyal supporter....and before anyone says "get a season ticket", i would do but unfortunately neither of us can see every home game...and tend to see as many away games as home. Just wish that some of these occasional visitors would be less occasional and actually support the club.....so frustrating.
I am fortunate that myself and my dad have had season tickets for years and when a big cup game or play off game comes along it does not effect us, but I do feel sorry for fans that go every week and over a season pay more than I do as I obviously get a couple thrown in for coughing up a lump sum, so when a big game comes along maybe the club could look into doing something for the fans that go every week but don't have a season ticket and not treat them the same as less regular fans that pick and chose which games they go to ( usually the games when we are doing well ) I hope not to many of our regulars miss out on seeing us against a prem club cos they have not got time to stand in a queue for hours during a working week
[quote][p][bold]CherryFarmer[/bold] wrote: As usual.....big game = ticket shambles. I can't get over to ground which is over an hour away for me and then queue up for 2 hours. I usually go to most home and away games with my son who lives and works in London. With no online sales or telephone sales being available this means neither of us can get tickets. Don't get me wrong....i am delighted that the game will be sold out but not so pleased obviously that we wont be there and that 3000 people who rarely go to Dean Court will be able to see the game rather than a regular loyal supporter....and before anyone says "get a season ticket", i would do but unfortunately neither of us can see every home game...and tend to see as many away games as home. Just wish that some of these occasional visitors would be less occasional and actually support the club.....so frustrating.[/p][/quote]I am fortunate that myself and my dad have had season tickets for years and when a big cup game or play off game comes along it does not effect us, but I do feel sorry for fans that go every week and over a season pay more than I do as I obviously get a couple thrown in for coughing up a lump sum, so when a big game comes along maybe the club could look into doing something for the fans that go every week but don't have a season ticket and not treat them the same as less regular fans that pick and chose which games they go to ( usually the games when we are doing well ) I hope not to many of our regulars miss out on seeing us against a prem club cos they have not got time to stand in a queue for hours during a working week abc100
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8:34pm Tue 8 Jan 13

the don69 says...

babyduck wrote:
Am I right in thinking Swindon have lost a number of key players returning to their parent clubs after the expiration of their loans? Thought Di Canio (legend btw) was talking about paying out of his own pocket to have them back but chairman says no money available. Whatever, we are at home and looking to avenge the 4-0 drubbing . Not that that counts now as it was during the dumb and dumber reign. In Eddie we trust. UTCIAD.
Full strength side coming for the Big clash chaps,two in form sides should be a great game,hope we can both get promoted 1&2 with Paolo's warriors the champion's lol see you all on Saturday can't wait let battle commence!!!!!!!!!!!!
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[quote][p][bold]babyduck[/bold] wrote: Am I right in thinking Swindon have lost a number of key players returning to their parent clubs after the expiration of their loans? Thought Di Canio (legend btw) was talking about paying out of his own pocket to have them back but chairman says no money available. Whatever, we are at home and looking to avenge the 4-0 drubbing . Not that that counts now as it was during the dumb and dumber reign. In Eddie we trust. UTCIAD.[/p][/quote]Full strength side coming for the Big clash chaps,two in form sides should be a great game,hope we can both get promoted 1&2 with Paolo's warriors the champion's lol see you all on Saturday can't wait let battle commence!!!!!!!!!!!! ! the don69
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9:19pm Tue 8 Jan 13

bigfatsteve says...

We're really looking strong in the centre of midfield now. First saw O'kane at the Reading friendly, where he looked an ok signing. He's come on leaps and bounds since playing under Eddie and seems to get better every game. Probably like a lot of people I wasn't convinced about Hughsie's return to the club, yet again he has proved he is as solid as ever in midfield. With Harry Arter proving his quality week in week out. It's gonna be tough for Shaun Mac to get back in the team. We could still do with another right winger, but overall probably the strongest midfield in League One.
We're really looking strong in the centre of midfield now. First saw O'kane at the Reading friendly, where he looked an ok signing. He's come on leaps and bounds since playing under Eddie and seems to get better every game. Probably like a lot of people I wasn't convinced about Hughsie's return to the club, yet again he has proved he is as solid as ever in midfield. With Harry Arter proving his quality week in week out. It's gonna be tough for Shaun Mac to get back in the team. We could still do with another right winger, but overall probably the strongest midfield in League One. bigfatsteve
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9:52am Wed 9 Jan 13

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

the don69 wrote:
babyduck wrote:
Am I right in thinking Swindon have lost a number of key players returning to their parent clubs after the expiration of their loans? Thought Di Canio (legend btw) was talking about paying out of his own pocket to have them back but chairman says no money available. Whatever, we are at home and looking to avenge the 4-0 drubbing . Not that that counts now as it was during the dumb and dumber reign. In Eddie we trust. UTCIAD.
Full strength side coming for the Big clash chaps,two in form sides should be a great game,hope we can both get promoted 1&2 with Paolo's warriors the champion's lol see you all on Saturday can't wait let battle commence!!!!!!!!!!!!

!
Glad to see you will be at full strength. Wouldn't want you to have any excuses. I agree it would be great for both to get promoted and the Stains to get relegated. Shame Pompey couldn't go up as well. We all love these local games. Best of luck saturday, may the best team (afcb) Win.!!!
[quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]babyduck[/bold] wrote: Am I right in thinking Swindon have lost a number of key players returning to their parent clubs after the expiration of their loans? Thought Di Canio (legend btw) was talking about paying out of his own pocket to have them back but chairman says no money available. Whatever, we are at home and looking to avenge the 4-0 drubbing . Not that that counts now as it was during the dumb and dumber reign. In Eddie we trust. UTCIAD.[/p][/quote]Full strength side coming for the Big clash chaps,two in form sides should be a great game,hope we can both get promoted 1&2 with Paolo's warriors the champion's lol see you all on Saturday can't wait let battle commence!!!!!!!!!!!! ![/p][/quote]Glad to see you will be at full strength. Wouldn't want you to have any excuses. I agree it would be great for both to get promoted and the Stains to get relegated. Shame Pompey couldn't go up as well. We all love these local games. Best of luck saturday, may the best team (afcb) Win.!!! STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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6:24pm Wed 9 Jan 13

jakeysredd says...

eaststandman wrote:
CherryFarmer wrote:
As usual.....big game = ticket shambles. I can't get over to ground which is over an hour away for me and then queue up for 2 hours. I usually go to most home and away games with my son who lives and works in London. With no online sales or telephone sales being available this means neither of us can get tickets. Don't get me wrong....i am delighted that the game will be sold out but not so pleased obviously that we wont be there and that 3000 people who rarely go to Dean Court will be able to see the game rather than a regular loyal supporter....and before anyone says "get a season ticket", i would do but unfortunately neither of us can see every home game...and tend to see as many away games as home. Just wish that some of these occasional visitors would be less occasional and actually support the club.....so frustrating.
Totally agree with you. I'm lucky enough to have a season ticket, so my seat is safe till friday.

Nevertheless, the glory hunters do pee the real supporters off. Maybe they should bring back the old 'save your last 6 ticket stubbs' again.
Same old story with us im affraid, remember cardiff 250000 fans that hadnt missed a game for ten years ?
[quote][p][bold]eaststandman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CherryFarmer[/bold] wrote: As usual.....big game = ticket shambles. I can't get over to ground which is over an hour away for me and then queue up for 2 hours. I usually go to most home and away games with my son who lives and works in London. With no online sales or telephone sales being available this means neither of us can get tickets. Don't get me wrong....i am delighted that the game will be sold out but not so pleased obviously that we wont be there and that 3000 people who rarely go to Dean Court will be able to see the game rather than a regular loyal supporter....and before anyone says "get a season ticket", i would do but unfortunately neither of us can see every home game...and tend to see as many away games as home. Just wish that some of these occasional visitors would be less occasional and actually support the club.....so frustrating.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with you. I'm lucky enough to have a season ticket, so my seat is safe till friday. Nevertheless, the glory hunters do pee the real supporters off. Maybe they should bring back the old 'save your last 6 ticket stubbs' again.[/p][/quote]Same old story with us im affraid, remember cardiff 250000 fans that hadnt missed a game for ten years ? jakeysredd
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6:26pm Wed 9 Jan 13

jakeysredd says...

jakeysredd wrote:
eaststandman wrote:
CherryFarmer wrote:
As usual.....big game = ticket shambles. I can't get over to ground which is over an hour away for me and then queue up for 2 hours. I usually go to most home and away games with my son who lives and works in London. With no online sales or telephone sales being available this means neither of us can get tickets. Don't get me wrong....i am delighted that the game will be sold out but not so pleased obviously that we wont be there and that 3000 people who rarely go to Dean Court will be able to see the game rather than a regular loyal supporter....and before anyone says "get a season ticket", i would do but unfortunately neither of us can see every home game...and tend to see as many away games as home. Just wish that some of these occasional visitors would be less occasional and actually support the club.....so frustrating.
Totally agree with you. I'm lucky enough to have a season ticket, so my seat is safe till friday.

Nevertheless, the glory hunters do pee the real supporters off. Maybe they should bring back the old 'save your last 6 ticket stubbs' again.
Same old story with us im affraid, remember cardiff 250000 fans that hadnt missed a game for ten years ?
Whoops 25000
[quote][p][bold]jakeysredd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eaststandman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CherryFarmer[/bold] wrote: As usual.....big game = ticket shambles. I can't get over to ground which is over an hour away for me and then queue up for 2 hours. I usually go to most home and away games with my son who lives and works in London. With no online sales or telephone sales being available this means neither of us can get tickets. Don't get me wrong....i am delighted that the game will be sold out but not so pleased obviously that we wont be there and that 3000 people who rarely go to Dean Court will be able to see the game rather than a regular loyal supporter....and before anyone says "get a season ticket", i would do but unfortunately neither of us can see every home game...and tend to see as many away games as home. Just wish that some of these occasional visitors would be less occasional and actually support the club.....so frustrating.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with you. I'm lucky enough to have a season ticket, so my seat is safe till friday. Nevertheless, the glory hunters do pee the real supporters off. Maybe they should bring back the old 'save your last 6 ticket stubbs' again.[/p][/quote]Same old story with us im affraid, remember cardiff 250000 fans that hadnt missed a game for ten years ?[/p][/quote]Whoops 25000 jakeysredd
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