One Year and 3 Year Season Tickets for the 2017/18 Season are now on sale - Season tickets are the financial lifeblood of this football club, accounting for around half of our match day income, and allow us to plan effectively and realistically for the season ahead.
To download a Season Ticket 17/18 application form:-click here
3 YEAR SEASON TICKETS
Members also voted in favour, at the General Meeting, of the club introducing a limited number of three year season tickets at a price of £1,000 each. These tickets will be issued on a first come, first served basis and limited to a maximum of 200.
The three year season tickets will be valid for all home league fixtures in the same way as an ordinary season ticket and will not offer entry to cup matches or friendlies. They will also hold the same rights to away tickets as one year season tickets.
As a three year season ticket is priced higher than the recommended “pay what you can afford” scheme a number of additional features will be available for those who purchase a three year season ticket;
£1,000 over 3 seasons (63 matches) is equivalent to spending £15.87 per match.
(Pay on the gate admission for 2017/18 is £10 for Adults, PFTG tickets are priced at £1 each, an alcoholic drink could cost around £3 and the electronic programme subscription is the equivalent of £1.43 per match)
We know that £1,000 is a lot of money and it is very important that no one is perceived, in any way, to be a second class supporter as a result of not being able to afford or choosing not to purchase a three year season ticket. This scheme is definitely not about having different classes of supporter; as with the increase in the suggested donation for the “pay what you can afford” scheme it is driven by the seriousness of the club’s current financial situation.
The introduction of three year season tickets aims to build a pot of up to £200k of working capital to strengthen the club’s underlying financial position and support a number of projects.
The three year season tickets are critical to stabilising the club’s finances in the short term and ensuring that the club can be run sustainably and responsibly in the long run. Again, this is a decision that has not been taken lightly but without taking strong and decisive action such as this the future of our supporter owned and run football club, and the delivery of our important community work, is at risk.
In particular, the board recognises that the introduction of three year season tickets will mean bringing income forward but this would not be the first time that this has happened in recent years. For example, it was the reason why the club lacked money in July 2016 as income relating to the 2016-17 season was effectively used to make payments for 2015-16.
The board is also very aware of the need to be as clear as possible about what the working capital will be used for - this money will definitely not disappear into a black hole. The working capital will allow the club to proceed with a number of infrastructure projects that will allow us to reduce costs or generate additional income on match days or through community use.
For example, the club currently spends over £8k per season on renting portable toilets but by having the capital to invest in building more toilets we will not only have better toilets but the savings generated will ensure that they pay for themselves in little over a year. Furthermore, having a pot of working capital available will enable us to get on with projects such as this without recourse to a bank overdraft facility. We are clear that members and supporters must be able to see the changes that have been made as a result of this working capital.
Supporters should also be aware that if our bid for Power to Change funding for the redevelopment of the St Mary’s Road End is successful then we will require an immediate pot of money for this project. We are estimating that it would take roughly two months to carry out the necessary building works to the St Mary’s Road End so we would be looking to begin this work in early June so that it is ready for the start of the new season in August.
We would therefore ask any supporters who might possibly be able to afford to purchase a three year season ticket to consider doing so as soon as they can. Alternatively if you know someone who might be interested in supporting the club in this way then please spread the word about the three year season tickets. The working capital that this scheme creates will play a crucial role in safeguarding the future of our football club.
Season Tickets are available to purchase online (click the link below). Alternatively contact the FC United office on 0161 769 2005
This is our football club, it belongs to you and me. Thank you for your continued support of FC United.