Birmingham alter FA Cup ticket system following criticism

Birmingham City fans looks at the Birmingham timeline posters before the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Derby County at St Andrews (stadium) on January 13, 2018 in...

Birmingham City has been forced into changing their ticket strategy following the outcry from the fans.

Birmingham City fans looks at the Birmingham timeline posters before the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Derby County at St Andrews (stadium) on January 13, 2018 in...

As reported by Birmingham Mail, Birmingham City have decided to change their ticket priority system ahead of a potential FA Cup showdown with Manchester United in just a few weeks.

The move comes after heavy criticism from season ticket holders at St Andrew’s, after the Blues announced that fans were required to attend the replay with Premier League side Huddersfield in order to qualify for the first choice tickets ahead of the possible visit of the Red Devils.

Craig Gardener of Birmingham City is congratulated  after he scores their second goal from the penalty spot during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Huddersfield...

This, of course, angered many supporters who faced the risk of losing out to casual fans who just so happen to be at the Huddersfield game and are interested in watching the Blues against United.

The following statement was made by the club on their official website: “Should we progress to the Fifth Round then Season Ticket holders will first be able to purchase tickets followed by those who have attended the Huddersfield Town Fourth Round replay on at St. Andrew’s.

“Although Cup ticket purchasing priority is not a stated benefit of being a Season Ticket holder, we value the feedback of our Season Ticket holders and the loyalty that they show the Club. Our Season Ticket holders are the foundation of the Club and we will continue to recognise that at all times.”

The Blues’ tie against Huddersfield next Tuesday comes after the two sides drew 1-1 last weekend, in a game that saw Lukas Jutkiewicz grab a second-half equaliser for the Midlands side.

A young Birmingham City fan looks on before the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Derby County at St Andrews (stadium) on January 13, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

That is not all, either, as the struggling Championship side have also lowered the ticket prices for the replay down to £10-£15. This is likely being done in order to create the best possible atmosphere under the lights, which makes sense, given that their perceived poor fan support has often been a point of criticism from rival fans and media members alike.

The match against the Terriers could prove to be a huge turning point for Birmingham, who have thus far only won seven of their 29 league games in the Championship. They certainly have the quality necessary to push away from the danger zone, but given their position, it’ll be interesting to see how they manage an FA Cup run if they do wind up edging past Huddersfield next week.

Prior to that, though, their attention will turn towards a 3 pm kick-off against Sheffield Wednesday where a loss could see them drop back into the relegation zone.

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