Yeovil Town Commercial Manager Dave Linney spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton at 8.30a.m. on Monday 22nd December 2014, just before the Ticket Office opened to double ticket token holders for the FA Cup Third Round match against Manchester United.
EB: Morning Dave - were you expecting such a queue this morning?
DL: Good morning Emma. Nothing ceases to amaze me at Yeovil Town Football Club. We did have these scenes eleven years ago against Liverpool. I had a little drive past last night at around five or six o'clock and there were two or three cars and people around, so I knew that was going to happen.
EB: Season Ticket holders had until yesterday to claim their tickets if they wanted it. Do we know how many have been sold for the Manchester United game already?
DL: We have around 2,600 to 2,700 season ticket holders, and we've had a lot of people over the last few days who have bought half-season tickets, who then got the opportunity to purchase a Manchester United ticket as well. So there's a lot of those as well - there's around 3,000 tickets that have already been snapped up by those people, I would imagine.
EB: And your capacity - is it just over 9,000 - is that right?
DL: It's around 9,500 - yes.
EB: So that's around a third of the tickets already gone before the ticket office opens this morning.
DL: Absolutely and Manchester United have had their 2,050 tickets as well, so there's already over 5,000 gone.
EB: The token system to the untrained eye can sound a bit complicated, so is this the best and fairest way to sell the tickets?
DL: Yes, in history this is what other clubs and our clubs have done before. We tried to utilise the games prior to the big game against Manchester United, and those games were Accrington in the replay as well as Colchester on Saturday. Anyone who has been to those games and has got those tokens will have the first priority but it's still not guaranteed. If you're at the back of that queue or you're coming in late, then you may miss out. We hope that we can accommodate everybody that's in this queue so that they can get their tickets.
EB: It doesn't sound as though they'll ever get as far as getting on general sale, does it?
DL: In all honesty, no - probably not. Even down to the one token it may not get to that stage. We just hope that we can look after the people that are in this queue, who are around three-quarters of the ground already this morning, with people still arriving. So hopefully those people will be accommodated.
EB: Obviously for you as the Commercial Manager, there must be a great big smile on your face today with all that lovely money coming into the bank account.
DL: Well I am smiling and it's a great buzz. As I've said before many times, it's a lovely feeling around the town and around the club itself, and these opportunities don't come around that often. We want to make sure that it's a great day and a great Christmas for all of these people down here.
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