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Loyalty points, good or bad?

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For the past few seasons City have introduced a loyalty point scheme, introduced mainly after the Gillingham 2nd Division Playoff Final fiasco, when season Ticket holders queued up for 12 hours or more to get a ticket. The loyapty points scheme works on points, and the more games you attend the more points you get. This a rough breakdown of how it works.

Season ticket holders - 150/200pts per season's renewal
Per away game - 10pts, or 20 depending on whether its a night game hundreds of miles away
Per cup game - 20pts per home cup game.

I'm personally on 2360 points - but I have renewed and the points total does not reflect this, so I should be on 2500+ by the time next season rolls around.

This means I can get a ticket for pretty much any away game I want to, other than Man United away which usually sells out 200 or 300 points before I can apply. This seems a fair system, seeing as for the past three seasons I have been to over 75 percent of all the away games played. Taking days off work to travel to Sunderland away, Middlesbrough away etc. I made the effort to go to the game, so City reward this by giving me priority over fans who attend less games than me.

However, this system, although it looks fair, is open to abuse. Ticket touts can simply buy tickets for all away games, and sell them on to mates even though they dont intend to go, so by the time United away rolls along they can go. I know boys in the local pub who dont go to away games, yet have over 3000 points on thier card and go to United away, while I have to stay in Manchester and watch the game in a pub or something.

However, the time is approaching where I can apply for tickets legally through City for United away, and when that happens I will feel satisfaction, as I will have earned the right to go. I went two seasons ago through a 'contact', and the amount of people I saw who I've never clocked at an away before was astounding. Most of the lads I see at other aways, rain or shine, seemingly were not there. However, the City fans made alot of noise, and I did see a fair few faces I see at aways there. Like that Joey Barton fan and her dad, you know the one with 'Sexy Barton' on her shirt. Shes always there, I've seen her at every away. Wish I had an old man like that when I was growing up! As it were, he wasnt into football although he does come to the odd game.

So in conclusion, the new system is fair, and better than at teams like United, where its nigh on impossible to get a ticket, unless you're in the loyalty pot, but as with any system there are people who know how to get round it. But at the end of the day, all my 2360 points have been aquired legimately, and thus I enjoy a position of being able to get to popular games, such as Oldham in the cup, Bolton away, etc.

What do you lot think? Good or flawed system?

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Loyalty points, good or bad?


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