The Dundalk Democrat’s Gavin McLaughlin met up with Dundalk FC Financial Director Ciaran Bond on Thursday morning to discuss the situation with the Setanta Cup final tickets.
Ciaran, I believe you have some very important ticket news regarding the Setanta Cup final.
Yes. The Setanta Cup final tickets will be available from Oriel Park on Friday morning from 9am to 5pm. Saturday is also a big day, we are having an open day for the selling of tickets right through from 9am to 6pm.
What is very important is that people realise we only have a short window to sell the tickets and that is up until next Wednesday at 6pm. Any tickets that are unsold by 6pm on Wednesday May 11 will be returned to the FAI for distribution to Shamrock Rovers fans. It’s important for people to realise that tickets will not be available from Oriel Park after this time.
I believe the club have been under a lot of pressure to return tickets from Shamrock Rovers and the Setanta Cup committee already?
From the very outset, Shamrock Rovers said they would take 4000 tickets and have them pre-sold. As part of the neutrality agreement in Tallaght we fought our corner saying we should have an equal amount so we got our full allocation of 2800 tickets.
We just hope that people out there basically ‘get off their backsides’ and start purchasing their tickets now. What we don’t want is for the club to have to return tickets to Shamrock Rovers.
The sporting public in Dundalk are notoriously slow for leaving things until the last minute. What you’re stressing is that just can’t happen this time round.
Well that’s it. There is no way out of this. Setanta and the FAI want the ground full to capacity. Rovers have said on a number of occasions that they could sell at least another 2000 tickets. We are holding our ground and hoping to sell our allocation.
On Saturday you can come along and book your tickets and a bus and buy your flags and scarves for the final. It is only a week away after Saturday. Rovers have already cast doubt on whether Dundalk can sell out their allocation so it is an important day for the club.
We’ve all read Michael O’Neill’s comments about our club’s mentality. I think there’s a hope at Rovers that we don’t sell our allocation because they’d love to take another 500 or so supporters of their own into our side of the ground. That would give their team more of a home advantage than what they have already.
It’s important for fans and the people of the town to get out and buy their tickets. They are priced at 15 Euro per adult and a fiver for Under-16s. A bus from Oriel Park costs 12 Euro so for 27 Euro it’s a very good day out.