Vase: Poole semi all-ticket with 2,000 capacity

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POOLE Town have confirmed their FA Vase semi-final first leg clash against Whitley Bay later this month will be all-ticket with a ground capacity of 2,000.

Dolphins commercial manager Mark Bumford admitted they had turned down an offer from Cherries to stage the game at Dean Court on Sunday, March 27 because Tatnam Farm was “our spiritual home.”

The tie will go ahead at Tatnam on Saturday, March 26, with a 3pm kick-off.

Tickets will go on sale at Tatnam from 1.30pm this Saturday ahead of Poole’s home league encounter against Totton & Eling.

Bumford said: “Whitley Bay will be given 300 tickets and there will be 1,700 for the people of Poole.

“They will be available at the ground before, during and after our game against Totton with prices £8 (adults), £4 (children) and £1 (under-16s).

“Tickets will also be available at three outlets in the town from 9.30am on Monday.

“They are The Soccer Locker in the High Street, opposite the old Woolworths, the Dorset County Football Association offices at the County Ground, Hamworthy, and Jacobs & Reeves solicitors, 153 High Street, which is the registered club offices.

“Once the tickets are all sold, they’re gone, so I’d advise our supporters to snap theirs up early.”

Bumford added: “I want to publicly thank Cherries chairman Eddie Mitchell for offering Dean Court to us for this fixture.

“We thought long and hard about it.

“As much as we would like to play on a wonderful playing surface and use their fantastic facilities, and not be restricted on the crowd figure, we want to play at Tatnam because it is our spiritual home.

“Potentially we might have had 4,000, 5,000 or 6,000 come along to Dean Court to follow us on the Sunday, but we would lose home advantage.

“We might not make so much money this way but we want to get to the final at Wembley, so as attractive as Cherries’ offer was, we feel we’ll have the best chance of going through playing at Tatnam.

“Also, we know our game clashes with an England match, but we are of the opinion the people of Poole would rather watch Poole than England on TV.

“It will be strictly all-ticket, with a limit of 2,000 because we really don’t believe we can handle more than 2,000 at Tatnam.

“The level of interest in the game is unbelievable. We’ve never been in this position before, getting to the Vase semis.

“We’ve already had fans from Sussex wanting tickets and people from Southport wanting programmes.

“The interest this game has created is beyond our wildest expectations.”

The second leg is at Whitley Bay on Saturday, April 2.

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10:31am Thu 10 Mar 11

Middlesex Cherry says...

It seems to me that Saturday March 26th is this month, not next month as reported.
Whatever happened to accurate reporting?
I hope Poole get to Wembley, it would be a great boost for the town, but there is a lot to do first.
It seems to me that Saturday March 26th is this month, not next month as reported. Whatever happened to accurate reporting? I hope Poole get to Wembley, it would be a great boost for the town, but there is a lot to do first. Middlesex Cherry
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7:32pm Thu 10 Mar 11

kangman2012 says...

Good luck to Poole both on and off the field. You've had your fair share of setbacks over the past few years through no fault of your own. You now deserve success and eventually a new home. Onwards and upwards from now on. Good luck in the semi's boys!
Good luck to Poole both on and off the field. You've had your fair share of setbacks over the past few years through no fault of your own. You now deserve success and eventually a new home. Onwards and upwards from now on. Good luck in the semi's boys! kangman2012
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10:53pm Thu 10 Mar 11

Slem_1990 says...

Good luck Poole. Can't help but think this argument over 'home advantage' is a bit naive. Plenty of the Poole players (Hubbard and Preston at least) have played Dean Court before and as the gentleman rightly points out, the facilities would be brilliant. A 5000 odd crowd would be marvelous for them as well (I would bet on plenty of Cherries fans going). A twelfth man of epic proportions who'd highest crowd attendance was around 1500 back when they were in the Conference.

Oh well, it matters little. I hope they win. Especially as the mighty Cherries will be going up automatically this season and I'd quite to go to Wembley!

UTPIAD?
Good luck Poole. Can't help but think this argument over 'home advantage' is a bit naive. Plenty of the Poole players (Hubbard and Preston at least) have played Dean Court before and as the gentleman rightly points out, the facilities would be brilliant. A 5000 odd crowd would be marvelous for them as well (I would bet on plenty of Cherries fans going). A twelfth man of epic proportions who'd highest crowd attendance was around 1500 back when they were in the Conference. Oh well, it matters little. I hope they win. Especially as the mighty Cherries will be going up automatically this season and I'd quite to go to Wembley! UTPIAD? Slem_1990
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