THOUSANDS of Sky Blues fans have been queueing up throughout the day for what is now being billed as one of the most historic matches in the club’s history.
Tickets for the eagerly anticipated return League One clash against Gillingham on September 5 went on sale at 9.30 this morning (Friday) and hundreds of fans were already waiting after queueing up outside the club’s superstore overnight.
Many more have endured over three hours of queueing to bag a ticket for the match which is expected to attract a large crowd despite being shown live on Sky Sports.
Joyce Cox was buying tickets on behalf of her husband, she told the Observer: “He’ll be over the moon that I’ve managed to get my hands on some.
Matt, Jake and Paul said: “We’re just delighted that we don’t have to travel all that distance to Northampton any more.”
And Carl, with his son Charlie, added: We’ve been waiting over a year to see the Sky Blues back at the Ricoh – a three hour queue to me is nothing!”
The last time the Ricoh was sold out was for the Johnstone Paint Area Final clash against Crewe back in February last year when over 31,000 fans witnessed a 3-0 defeat.
The largest attendance at the stadium so far was the FA Cup quarter-final fixture against Chelsea in March 2009 when 31,407 fans watched Chris Coleman’s side lose 2-0 to Premier League giants Chelsea.
Tickets for the Gillingham match are priced at £10 for adults, £5 for concessions, £1 for children and are free for any Junior Sky Blue (JSB) members under the age of 12.
Fans are being encouraged to buy on the website at ccfcshop.co.uk wherever possible – using the Google Chrome web browser instead of Microsoft Explorer.
Fans can also buy over the phone or in the store at the Gallagher Retail Park but the club are anticipating queues.
Die hard fans were not bothered about the long wait for tickets with one quoted as saying “we have waited 18 months for the Blues to come home, so waiting 3 hours for tickets for their first game back doesn’t bother me at all”. 36.014.007.cov.jm6
Joyce Cox looks pleased with her tickets. 36.014.007.cov.jm3
Season tickets were selling well. 36.014.007.cov.jm4
Matt, Jake and Paul wait patiently in the long queue for their tickets. 36.014.007.cov.jm1
Hundreds queued for season tickets and tickets for CCFC’s first home game in 18mnths. 36.014.007.cov.jm2