The committee ask every member hoping to buy match tickets for games in London this season to read this article thoroughly – it is a bit lengthy but it is important.
Just a couple of seasons ago ESCLA were fortunate to be allocated match tickets for most members wishing to attend matches in London and the South. Last season members will have noticed that ESCLA had problems supplying tickets for these games, and not everyone was able to have a ticket.
The current policy operated by the Everton Box Office is to give Supporters’ Clubs an allocation based on their average away game ticket uptake. Early this season we had league games at Villa,West Brom, Swansea and Wigan, and our average dropped due to members not wishing to purchase tickets for those four games alone and since then there have been other games where lack of ESCLA interest has kept our average uptake unhealthy.
Our allocation for the game at Chelsea will based on our average ticket sales, and once again there will be disappointed members who will not be successful in obtaining a ticket through ESCLA. Priority in distribution is given to members who travel with ESCLA to most away games over 12 months or so, not on length of membership, thus members of many years standing did not get tickets for some London games last season because we allocated them to the members who had gone to the likes of Wigan, Bolton, Sunderland, Blackburn etc. If we can cater for those members then length of membership becomes the next criteria.
The procedure this season for games in London and the South continues as follows. When we open matches for bookings contact Pete in the usual manner and register your interest. You have not got a ticket at this stage. If we are successful in sourcing a ticket for you, Pete will contact you and tell you so, then send cheque and s.a.e to John Collings in the usual manner. OK – last season we introduced this policy and some members “registered” with ESCLA for a match ticket, then got one elsewhere – we do understand people like to cover all the angles, but if you register with ESCLA for a ticket then John Collings works tirelessly at trying to source one for you. PLEASE DO NOT apply to ESCLA unless you are going to take and pay for any ticket we may be able to get you.
Finally, for the less popular games we would ask members to try and always use ESCLA for ordering match tickets. This will help us raise our average and obtain tickets in greater numbers.