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Strangely enough this Kris Doolan programme signed by Stuart Bannigan is the only programme I have since about 1999, and that's just because we were in hospitality.  

Actually gutted to hear there isnt a programme for Stranraer game though as i'm taking my son to his first ever game and was definitely going to buy one as a memento.  Ah well.

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The club could have had volunteers out on Saturday outside the stadium asking people if they knew what they were doing and helping them, like they did at the London Olympics and the Commonwealth games. Trying to reduce frustrations and keeping things moving. 

Folk not knowing or getting confused and having to stand in a massive queue should have been expected. The assumption that all of our over 60 year old support know how to follow social media channels let alone buy a ticket online, print it out or show a QR code on a phone is a pretty big one. 

It is the way forward but there has to be an understanding that, for a Scottish football club, we cant leave fans behind because of technical advancement.

The game its self was a decent match, Falkirk will probably be better than 30% of the teams in the league. A fairly robust team that will match the physical side of league 1 with a couple of decent footballers as well. Ayr got loads of space behind the fullbacks which we got both the goals from. 

Kelly looks like a good capture, very good on the ball, tired towards the end and will probably be inconsistent over the weeks and months but definitely a player there. McCowan has scored more than Shankland in as many games, here's hoping he keeps that up. Hard to make a call on Doolan, didn't have much to do but looks like the type of player that would link up well with Moore.   

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Whilst cashless turnstiles is the way forward having chatted to a couple of supporters of other clubs already involved, the feeling was that it brings no real overall improvement to the fans. In particular Hamilton was mentioned as a place where this doesn’t run well for away fans and they just don’t bother going  anymore 

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If only their was a negativity and or moaning championship...... Ayr fans on here would win hands down....... Jesus never happy...... Wasn't long ago we were getting pumped in league one and almost relegated... Cheer up and be more positive 

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If only their was a negativity and or moaning championship...... Ayr fans on here would win hands down....... Jesus never happy...... Wasn't long ago we were getting pumped in league one and almost relegated... Cheer up and be more positive 
This isn't just general moaning or negativity though.

It's criticism of a very specific decision, for very specific reasons. It was predictable before Saturday and it came to pass.

Yes it will gradually get better but my worry is that a lot of our older/more vulnerable fans will drift away. At the same time away fans might be put off returning if they have a shit experience with a big queue.

This is a very real concern, and one that has a financial consequence on the club.

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Totally agree  with Pandarilla it could and should have been handled much better and a number of people have suggested fixes , which is very helpful and I believe a few will be taken  into consideration for this weekend

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15 minutes ago, Robbo63 said:

Totally agree  with Pandarilla it could and should have been handled much better and a number of people have suggested fixes , which is very helpful and I believe a few will be taken  into consideration for this weekend

As someone who hasn't yet used this, but is planning to this week, I have heard from people I know (posters on here) that they had a seemly experience. It may very well be a generational thing. Would people really give up going to the football if they need to walk an extra 50yards to and from the shop to buy a ticket? The more people start transferring onto the electronic system, the smaller the queue will be. As people get used to it surely they will change their habits, such as leaving the house 10 minutes earlier? 

Can away fans buy tickets via the app/website? If they can't are there plans afoot to allow them to? 

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As someone who hasn't yet used this, but is planning to this week, I have heard from people I know (posters on here) that they had a seemly experience. It may very well be a generational thing. Would people really give up going to the football if they need to walk an extra 50yards to and from the shop to buy a ticket? The more people start transferring onto the electronic system, the smaller the queue will be. As people get used to it surely they will change their habits, such as leaving the house 10 minutes earlier? 

Can away fans buy tickets via the app/website? If they can't are there plans afoot to allow them to? 

For the Falkirk game, their social media had a link to buying tickets online.

Like all new systems it’ll require patience and a bit of getting used to.

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Will the new system cut down on the abuse of concession tickets which must cost the club thousands each year? Too many fresh faced pensioners and bearded under 16's have been robbing the club blind for years.

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What do you do if you don’t have Tinternet .

Buy a ticket at the ground.

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Will the new system cut down on the abuse of concession tickets which must cost the club thousands each year? Too many fresh faced pensioners and bearded under 16's have been robbing the club blind for years.
At our place a certain colour light shows when a concession ticket is scanned which allows the stewards to weed out the chancers.

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1 hour ago, Hawlino said:

What do you do if you don’t have Tinternet .

Go into shop any day of the week ( except Sunday ) and buy a ticket including on match day 

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A young guy went in in front of me and the scanner made a different noise to when I went in

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As someone who hasn't yet used this, but is planning to this week, I have heard from people I know (posters on here) that they had a seemly experience. It may very well be a generational thing. Would people really give up going to the football if they need to walk an extra 50yards to and from the shop to buy a ticket? The more people start transferring onto the electronic system, the smaller the queue will be. As people get used to it surely they will change their habits, such as leaving the house 10 minutes earlier? 

Can away fans buy tickets via the app/website? If they can't are there plans afoot to allow them to? 
I don't think this will affect anyone who could name 5 current players. Those people are fans and they'll make adjustments (and for some, this new system will be an improvement).

It's those punters that sometimes go along but don't follow the club closely - and it's difficult to tell how many of those people there are. People go along to games for all different reasons, at all different times.

I think there's also a psychological effect though. The fear of technological change is a very real thing for some people, and if you're in two minds about going along then this could put people off.

The easiest fix is to get creative with ticket sales from 2:40 - 3:00. Twenty minutes where all hands have to be on deck.

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22 minutes ago, pandarilla said:

The easiest fix is to get creative with ticket sales from 2:40 - 3:00. Twenty minutes where all hands have to be on deck.

Idea is tickets pre printed so it’s just a case of handing over money and going, thus it allows 2 people at each terminal to sell tickets rather than the one on Saturday

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Fed up with ticket talk now buy it online or turn up in enough time to get one at the shop if that costs you one less pint so be it, no one has said you can't pay by cash you just can't pay by cash at the turnstiles

 

 

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5 hours ago, Hawk89 said:

As someone who hasn't yet used this, but is planning to this week, I have heard from people I know (posters on here) that they had a seemly experience. It may very well be a generational thing. Would people really give up going to the football if they need to walk an extra 50yards to and from the shop to buy a ticket? The more people start transferring onto the electronic system, the smaller the queue will be. As people get used to it surely they will change their habits, such as leaving the house 10 minutes earlier? 

Can away fans buy tickets via the app/website? If they can't are there plans afoot to allow them to? 

I drive 50 miles round trip to every home game, so having to walk to the club shop prior to the match to purchase a ticket wouldn't stop ME going, however it may indeed stop some casual fans and likewise I still wouldn't say it's in any way easier or a step forward compared to walking straight up to the turnstyle and handing the 20 spot over.

Change is only good if it's an improvement and like many things in life these days (such as an app for opening your car door), I don't believe it's an improvement but then I am a bit of a cynic..........

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One of our directors, Graham Peterkin has been elected to the SPFL board for this season.

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