Mike Ashley floods local institutions with discounted tickets to try and fill empty seats v Manchester United
It seems that the Mike Ashley PR machine is genuinely rattled by the falling attendances.
I know this because the college in which I work is offering, for the first time ever, discounted (pretty much half price) tickets for both the Manchester Utd and Wolves games.
Not only that.
The university where my partner works has always had a small handful of discounted tickets available to staff to purchase but this week announced ‘due to popular demand’ that there were more tickets being made available.
If you multiply this ‘generosity’ across all other local businesses and educational institutions which would be deemed suitable for concessionary tickets, the pattern develops that the club is frantically throwing out all those unsold tickets at discount to cover all the huge empty patches that are appearing in the stands.
In the way that an obsessive gardener may cast plentiful bagfuls of lawn seed across his patch after a particularly dry and arid summer.
It’s the sort of desperate damage limitation that, of course, we are more than used to from our club!
It seems that the Mike Ashley model of ‘pile them high, sell them cheap’ now applies to ticket sales too!!!!
So keep up the boycotting those who genuinely want to see the back of Ashley, it is making a bigger impact than you might think!
And for those who seem happy to passively accept whatever abuse and neglect our owner throws your way on a fortnightly basis, just be aware that if there’s a full attendance any day soon, there could be 10,000 other fans sitting in there who paid half the full price that you did for a ticket.
Of course, standard prices went up again at the end of last season, but now you have Bruce where once you had Benitez for those extra pennies!
Like the energy companies, you are being screwed for your loyalty!
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