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Home Fans Kissing Goodbye to the Cricket Field?

Owen Coyle it was, who was supposed to have suggested that part of the Cricket Field Stand should be open to home fans so the teams would come out to the sound mainly of Burnley fans rather than the travelling contingent.

That would be good motivation for our lads it was felt just before kick-off and at half-time.

Last season of course, with demand for tickets high following our first season in the Premier League and our first in the top flight for 33 years, it was decided to do just that and because of the overspill house some of our fans in the Cricket Field End. They occupied the end nearest the James Hargreaves Stand and thus those seats also behind the tunnel where the teams currently come out.

A large number of fans took up the offer and the atmosphere generated by the Burnley section in the Cricket Field end added to the 'Fortress Turf Moor' effect especially in the first part of the season until our form deteriorated following Coyle's departure.

However the club have since announced on the Official Site:

'Supporters are made aware that season ticket sales are currently suspended for the David Fishwick (Cricket Field) stand, pending a final decision from the board of directors.

'Should home fans not occupy this stand in the 2010/11 campaign, a free upgrade will be offered to those who have already renewed."

Season tickets were on sale in the David Fishwick Stand for £348 before the Early Bird deadline at the end of March compared to up to £426 in the Bob Lord and James Hargreaves stands.

However only about 300 fans appear to have taken up the offer leading the club to question it's continued viability.




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 17 2010

Time: 3:32PM

Your Comments

Needs must I guess but's its a shame atmosphere wise.
turfmanphil
What's the reason for it because of the new stand or the trouble after the Blackburn game or just for away fans, its a shame great last year to see home fans in the stand.
Fedupclaret
I think it might be the number of fans fed up. If you remember those who bought season tickets in that stand, were the last ones to buy, which might suggest (not in all cases before anybody lynches me) they are the least likley to renew. Plus the extra policing, food costs etc... may not make it financially viable.
skutter169
I would suspect that Fedup has picked up on what's at stake. The flexibility of no season ticket holders in there might well be useful in the context of both new building and policing. But presumably there would still be options for it being used either for home fans or away fans on a game-by-game basis, depending on what the club thought might sell most tickets. If Clarets don't want 'em, presumably we should be ready to sell 'em to folk from Sheffield, Preston, Middlesborough and Leeds?
Couch Potato
I agree! The impression I am getting is simply that there is not enough interest in there now. Only about 300 have applied to sit there. What I dont understand is that we were told that ST sales were up to 13,000 already but maybe they have realised it would be safer to house the CF mob in the other stands and save on policing costs etc?
turfmanphil
But who are you agreeing with tmp?
Couch Potato
Sorry I was replaying to Fed Up but by time I posted two more had commented! I wonder how many walk-ons we would get next season and how many seats would be spare for them? Would walk-ons housed in CF plus 300 ST holders provide enough to make it viable? I guess thats why they haven't made a final decision yet until they know how many STs in total they have sold
turfmanphil
Whatever the reason - and I suspect policing and stewarding costs might be the main one - nothing is worse than seeing the Cricket Field Stand two-thirds empty. Which is what it will be with most of the sides who visit Turf Moor next season. A real shame, but can understand the club having to make the decision.
RickersTwickers
Sorry looked at the Telegragh artical which explained everything after I had posted, agree with tmp regarding the walk-ons in the CF stand would be a lot better with 1500 claret fans in the CF stand.
Fedupclaret
Its interesting one - How many of the ST holders we had in the CF stand were there because they 'wanted' to be and how many because it was the only place they could be? For me personally, The CF would be one of the last places I would like to sit, but I am sure others have a different point of view. Due to the need to split this last season, most of the work has already been done ( seperate turnstiles - sectioning inside the ground etc) - so the question I suppose is how much would this cost on a game by game basis to keep open? an extra £2-3k ( guess- i dont know)- do the club want to spend this? The only clubs that I can see using this space if we dont have it would be PNE, Leeds and maybe Boro & Sheff Utd ( possibly). In this event, we could always rehouse our ST holders in another part of the ground ( I think BRFC do this). Basically I think it will come down to whether the club want to spend the extra £X when they dont 'have' to.
Claretdale
Leeds would take up the whole 4,000 seats in the CF stand.
Grimsby Claret
I think this was inevitable if you think about it, I thought about it a while back, I wonder how many of the 300 thought about it realizing they would get a free upgrade thus saving £78.
8clarets8
Got to agree with Dale as a season ticket holder last place I would want to sit is in the CF. Its the oldest most decrepid stand, plus there history sitting in other parts of the ground. Sitting in longside is obvious, Bee Hole Lane End theres history there too as there is with Bob Lord. There the traditional home ends and I'm sure we all have our own personal history about sitting/standing there.
skutter169
Got to agree with skutter and dale I wouldn't want to be in that stand, having said that it was nice to see fans in there and our team to come out to that. Is there any other team where the home team come out of the away end?
sheclaret
 

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