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Credit to clubs for South Yorkshire ticket treat

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

Barnsley and Doncaster Rovers have announced reduced ticket prices for this Saturday’s South Yorkshire derby at Oakwell. A reciprocal agreement will also see both sets of fans benefit in the return fixture to take place at the Keepmoat Stadium in six weeks time on January 2nd 2012.

Adults buying a ticket for Saturday’s game will pay £23, a saving of £7, while OAPs, U18s, and students will receive a £5 reduction meaning tickets will cost them £13. U12s can get into Oakwell for £6, saving themselves £1. Fans of both clubs should note that reduced rate student and U12 tickets are not available on the turnstiles and must be purchased in advance.

A statement on Doncaster Rovers website said: “Following discussions between Doncaster Rovers and Barnsley Football Club, it has been agreed to once again reduce the cost of the two South Yorkshire derby matches and further cement the relationship between the two clubs.

“With both matches being played only six weeks apart and the expense of Christmas in between, both clubs want to encourage as many people as possible to come and watch the only South Yorkshire derby in the npower Championship.”

Ticket prices for the return fixture at the Keepmoat Stadium on Monday January 2nd 2012 will also be reduced for both sets of supporters with the prices as follows: £20 adults, £15 seniors, young persons (17-20) £15, disabled (plus carer) £15, and U16 £10.

The offer received a warm welcome from Martin O’Hara of the Viking Supporters Co-operative: “We became aware that many visiting fans were unhappy with the original £30 price and these concerns were passed on to Rovers chairman John Ryan, who was actually in South Africa at the time. He then spoke to Patrick Cryne [Barnsley owner] and they agreed to a reciprocal price reduction.

“Credit to both clubs, not only for listening to their own fans’ concerns regarding ticket prices, but also for passing discounts on to visiting supporters too. Without that open-minded approach, which ensures cheaper tickets for both sets of fans and encourages more to attend, we would have got nowhere. It’s a step in the right direction.”

This isn’t the first innovative ticket deal to emerge from Doncaster Rovers either. Back in February the club came up with a fine deal which not only rewarded the most loyal fans with a financial sweetener, but also aimed to put more bums on seats. Read ‘Rovers return a fine deal for fans’ here.

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