The Scottish Football League last night sensationally withdrew the remaining 3,500 family tickets which had been previously allocated to St.Mirren, sparking a furious response from irate Saints fans and an angry St.Mirren chairman.
An original ticketing agreement between both clubs and SFL beaks was that Saints would receive a total of 17,500 tickets for the cup final, with Hearts receiving 25,500, reflecting their larger support.
Of the buddies allocation roughly 14,000 tickets were for the "family" West Stand priced at £20/£10 whilst the remainder of tickets priced £25 with no concessions were for the BT South Stand.
Saints were initially given 11,500 of their briefs up front, and were advised that the further 6,000 would be forthcoming once these were sold.
With that batch sold out fairly quickly the SFL then released a further 2,500 briefs to the buddies ticket office, on the proviso, as we documented earlier in the week, that if the buddies couldn't shift those tickets then the remaining block of 3,500 in the West Stand would be re-allocated to Hearts.
That news in midweek prompted a late rush with the Black & White army keen to ensure that the West Stand stayed a buddies only area.
Saints completed the sale of all 14,000 tickets in our possession by late Friday afternoon, save 100 single seats dotted around the West Stand but were left stunned last night to hear that the SFL had already decided to award the remaining tickets to Hearts, who have yet to even sell out their original allocation !
Compounding the incompetence, the SFL admin team are set to replace the lost £20/£10 tickets by offering Saints 1,200 Hampden Debenture seats in the South Stand, all priced at £30 with no concessions available
The end result being that today, with a home game against Dundee Utd in Paisley, St.Mirren currently have NO
tickets to sell for the cup final and we face the prospect of having NO MORE
childrens tickets available in the last week run up to the final, whilst our adult fans are expected to pay 50% more than their Hearts counterparts to see the match.
A Saints supporting family of 2 adults and 2 kids who want to buy tickets this week attend the final will have to fork out £120 for the priviledge, whilst a Hearts Supporting family of the same size will pay £60.
Chairman Stewart Gilmour last night apologised to angry fans on our forum, whilst airing his and the boards frustration at events;
Some of the abuse towards directors and staff of the club is scandalous and extremely annoying from people doing their best for the club and supporters.
Firstly, it is not our game , yes we have made all the arguments re tickets that are on this site, however it is the SFL's game and they have made a horrific decision today without any further consultation.
Yes, we are raging about this, it is a disgrace, I was on the Hearts website tonight and I can buy tickets from their original allocation, we have sold out, yet they have been given the last 3500 West Stand tickets that were earmarked for us!
I believe what has been offered is a further 1200 debenture tickets in the Upper South Stand, however as people have said on here they will be at £30 with no child's ticket. We as a club will give all children who buy tickets for this a free ticket to the Celtic game later this month, adults who buy these tickets will be entitled to a ticket for that game for £10, this gives our fans their money back.
A full statement re the full events of the ticket allocation and our case on this will be announced on the official site in the morning, will be interesting reading.
A very unhappy camper
We will post the clubs official statement here as soon as it is available.