Fans Parliament: Cup Tickets

Gerry Collins raised what he called 'an old chestnut' by saying he was unhappy to be charged a £1.50 booking fee per ticket when buying cup seats on his credit card - especially as he bought a season ticket every year and then committed to extra matches as well through the cup scheme.

"There are three of us, so that's £4.50 and it rankles," he said. Lynne O'Reardon replied: "We're actually doing three transactions for you, not one. We still have a very transparent booking policy, which is £1.50 per ticket. The technology wouldn't support anything else. And the fee goes towards servicing our ticketing operation, whether that's on technology or paying the people in the department." Jez pointed out that booking fees were commonplace and said it was a policy which had been discussed many times. John Maslen-Jones said he used to be in the cup-tie scheme but now avoided the fee by going to Molineux to buy cup tickets.

Adam Bate said he knew someone who had paid £58 for two adult tickets and one for a child for the recent FA Cup tie against Stoke. It was pointed out that this was higher than for the replay against Doncaster, so Jez pointed out: "We thought the pricing for a Premier League side on a Sunday (rather than a Tuesday night) was the right one. But it was concerning that we didn't have a good attendance." Lynne said visiting clubs were looking to maximise profits from cup-ties and they had to agree to pricing levels.

Lynne wondered whether Wolves should publicise a table of preferred pricing levels at the start of a season. Then, if the actual prices differentiated from that, fans would realise it was at the away clubs' insistence. "It would make it clear what we wanted to charge for the Carling Cup and FA Cup and it's an idea we're discussing," she said. Jez added: "There's an enormous amount of pressure in the club to strike the right balance of special offers. Wolves 4 Family Football,

for example, is all about attracting young fans, so they catch the bug. Over 20,000 people have come here through W4FF and benefitted at just ten quid a time."

Fans Parliament: Season Tickets

Head of Ticketing and Membership Lynne O'Reardon said around 1,040 season tickets had been bought so far and that was on a par or slightly better than last year. In response to a question by John Maslen-Jones, she confirmed there would still be a week for season ticket holders to try to move seats if they wished. "I call it runaround week and it will still be there," she said. "But there will be very little choice as to where to relocate to."

Jez told Mark Cadman that there would be no alternative facility to the Terrace Bar next season while the Stan Cullis Stand was being rebuilt and had the same message for Anne Pearce when she asked about the disabled room. He stressed, though, that the new structure would provide improved facilities, especially on the concourses.

Ryan Leister enquired how the club would decide which fans would be accommodated in the bottom tier of the new Stan Cullis Stand next season if it were ready in time and useable. Jez said that matter was being considered but there was no guarantee seats would be released.

Lynne added: "The displaced season ticket holders will be consulted."

Fans Parliament: Stadium Renewal

With an eye on the stadium redevelopment that was recently given the green light, Mark Cadman said: "Fans of my age will remember that it nearly broke the club when we built what is now the Steve Bull Stand 30 or so years ago."

Jez responded: "That won't happen this time. Phase one of the rebuild is being funded from working capital. It won't be borrowed and there will be no debt. We're not going to put all our eggs in one basket. We have to balance the work properly with building a team."

Adam Bate asked whether phase two of the redevelopment - the demolition and rebuilding of the East (Steve Bull) Stand was inevitable. "We're not committed to phase two but Molineux would look awful if we didn't at least do phase two as well," Jez said.

"If we didn't think we had a bright future, I wouldn't be saying we should press ahead with it. Steve Morgan is very ambitious with the Regener ation of the city and it will require us to keep making profits to pay for the stadium work, so we're looking at the medium and long term. These plans have to be able to survive possible relegation and promotion."

Fans Parliament: Make a Profit

"A football club requires constant feeding. It's a perpetual thing. Profit shouldn't be a dirty word. We need to make a profit because we also want to continue to invest in new players."

The club's Financial Controller Rita Purewal was complimented by John Pike on her presentation of a report showing that the pre-tax profit for the year up to May 31 last year compared with a £4.9m loss 12 months earlier.

Turnover for the period (Wolves' first year back in the Premier League) was £60.6m - an increase more than three-fold on what the club showed in their 2008-09 Championship-winning campaign. In answer to a question from Mike Taylor, Rita said the turnaround was largely down to Premier League deals, in particular the new TV agreement.

Crowds had also gone up from an average of 24,153 to 28,366, she said, although Jez pointed out that the increase in gate receipts revenue was small. And he said that attendances were down about a thousand this season. Parliament Chairman Matt Grayson pointed to the deal with main club sponsors sportingbet as being another important contributory factor on the balance sheet.

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