Disappointing Man Utd Ticket Sales 1975

Walsall Chairman Ken Wheldon was disappointed with Manchester United not selling their full ticket allocation for the 3rd round replay at Fellows Park on Tuesday January 7th, 1975 and wrote in the following programme.....


"The ground capacity having being fixed at 22,500 spectators, in consultation with the police, and in view of the large allocation of tickets to Manchester United, it was decided that the visiting supporters would be allocated the area behind the Hillary Street goal up to the fence which had been in existence since the commencement of the season.


However, on the day prior to the match, 4,800 ground tickets were returned by Manchester United, which caused hurried re-arrangements regarding segregation, a new fence having to be erected behind the Hillary Street goal, so giving our own supporters more space on the terracing.


Not being able to utilise the Hillary Street turnstiles for our own supporters, however, the Railway End terracing became overloaded and a large area of terracing near the corner of the Hillary Street goal was practically empty until police officers transferred supporters from the Railway End to the available space.


My directors and I were obviously concerned at the inconvenience caused to our supporters which was due to the regulation that Manchester supporters should be segregated and which resulted in supporters having to use the Railway End entrance."


I'm sure the majority of us amongst the 18,105 were not too bothered by the time the final whistle blew as the 3-2 win meant we were at home to Newcastle United in Round 4.