Writer: Stuart Smith
Date:Saturday May 5 2007
Wolves CEO Jez Moxey has won his fight to kep Wolves season ticket holders seats safe in the South Bank.
Widely criticised for ticket allocation in the Wolves-Albion Cup tie that saw the South Bank decked out in blue and white, he took his case to the football league, and won.
Talking to the clubs official site, he had this to say.
'This has come about because had visiting fans been given the full 15% of capacity, as stated under Football League rules, they would have had to be located in the Jack Harris Stand because unfortunately we are now unable to house them across two stands as we have done in previous years.
'However, given that the top of Molineux Alley is currently blocked off due to restoration work on the Molineux Hotel, away supporters are not able to safely access the turnstile block on the Waterloo Road side of the stand.
'So that left only the turnstiles at the opposite end of the stand, near the Wanderer Pub, available for them to use.
'Limiting entry to the stand from one side only would result in potentially unsafe congestion and queuing in and around an area which is close to the home turnstiles serving the Steve Bull upper. Furthermore, under the 'Green Guide' for Safety at Sports Grounds we could not get 4,250 people through those turnstiles. Therefore we took the decision that it would not be safe to give visitors the Jack Harris Stand.
'I had behind the scenes negotiations with all the potential play-off contenders, and offered to accept a lower allocation from them for the away leg in return. Only Derby County and West Bromwich Albion refused to accept our arguments and so we had no alternative but to take the debate to The Football League. The League acknowledged that safety issues have to come first and have today given us their backing and sanctioned the reduced number of tickets for both legs.'
'This is good news for our Jack Harris Stand supporters as they will be able to keep their seats should we reach the play-offs.'
Outstanding effort jez, good work fellah!
Date:Saturday May 5 2007
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