Bohemians supporters purchase tickets for their Extra.ie FAI Cup Semi-Final v Shamrock Rovers

Bohemian FC wishes to thank all members, season ticket holders and supporters for their understanding with regard to the selling of tickets to Friday’s FAI Cup semi-final.

Members wishing to purchase additional tickets and season ticket holders took time out from their day to queue for considerable periods on Saturday morning and early afternoon.

Cross-checking of membership cards/season ticket numbers by club volunteers necessitated this being a drawn-out process.

The board and our volunteers present on the day want to put on record the respect shown by those queuing for the club’s efforts to distribute tickets as fairly as possible given demand far outweighed supply due to Dalymount’s current reduced capacity.

The aim was for all tickets to find their way as much as possible into the hands of our regulars. We do know that some people were left disappointed that they didn’t get a ticket and for that we can only apologise.

It had initially been stated that season ticket holders could buy an additional ticket. Due to the high turnout coupled with the fact tickets were also put aside to be purchased by our first-team players and our most loyal sponsors, there was a fear on the day that demand would exceed supply if season ticket holders could also purchase additional tickets than their own.

In hindsight this was probably unnecessary, but we felt it was better to be safe than sorry. We hold our hands up there and apologise to anyone who was inconvenienced by that precaution.

Similarly, it had originally been stated that general sales of tickets would commence at 3pm.

The decision, which we believe was the correct one, to bring this forward was based on counting the number of people queuing in Dalymount Lane and that figure outnumbering the remaining tickets left to sell.

We didn’t want those already queuing to have to wait any longer when it was unnecessary for them to do so nor did we want people travelling to Dalymount when there were no tickets remaining.

While it was a drawn-out process, the unprecedented queues in Dalymount Lane, the reaction of our members and supporters, captured so well by Stephen McCarthy of Sportsfile, added to the sense of community and to the growing sense of occasion for Friday’s game.

So once again, from all at Bohemian FC, thank you for your continued support. See you on Friday.

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