Owls fans column: Playing the priority points game

Sheffield Wednesday's Marcus Tudgay (left) and Manchester City's Stephen Ireland battle for the ball during the FA Cup third round replay at City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester in, 2007
Sheffield Wednesday's Marcus Tudgay (left) and Manchester City's Stephen Ireland battle for the ball during the FA Cup third round replay at City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester in, 2007
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I’d got it all planned. Take a half day off work, get the dinnertime train up from London, say hello to my parents and drop my overnight bag off, grab a fishcake butty on the walk down to Hillsborough and get on the 4pm coach to the Etihad.

One problem, I was 10 priority points off buying a ticket.

Sheffield Wednesday fans were allocated 5,400 tickets for the Third Round Capital One Cup game against Manchester City. More tickets couldn’t be allocated more because of ‘ground renovations.’

Tickets went on sale on September 10 and by midnight on September 11, it was a sell-out.

This caused some debate about the fairness of the club’s priority points scheme.

There were fans, who go to every game, waving their virtual points at other fans like Harry Enfield’s Loadsamoney. Some, in the same position as I was, who were disappointed at being a season ticket holder and still not getting a ticket, and some who barely go to the games but expect a general sale straight away.

The priority points are simple; if you go to more games and buy more merchandise, you get more points. Seems fair to me.

There are some crafty Owls out there who played a clever game of priority points poker. Some fans worked out that if you bought a £10 adult ticket for the Reading home game it would boost the points enough to buy tickets a few days earlier.

With tickets only £15 for the Manchester City cup game, the extra £10 still makes the ticket to watch the Premier League club less than most Championship league games.

If only I’d thought of it too! I won’t be getting a trip to the Etihad or a fishcake butty now.