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Wembley - ticket prices for showpiece final to be cut


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According to a report in Sunday's Non League Paper the Committee that look after the FA Vase - the jewel in the crown for step five clubs - are considering major reductions in admission prices.

Prices could be cut from last season's £25, to £20 or even as low as £15.

The final returned to Wembley in 2007 and whilst a superb crowd of over 36,000 watched Truro City - now ironically struggling in Blue Square South beat AFC Toton - who have seen FA Cup success since - 3-1.

The crowd for the 2012 final was dismal with just over 5,000 fans watching Dunston UTS beat Northern League rivals Bishop Aukland 2-0. Whilst both sides in this encounter come from less afluent North Eastern towns officials were caught out expecting a much higher gate.

Vase committee Chairman, John Ward said:

'There's got to be a balance on ticket prices but in the end we need to make sure the competition washes its face as far as the final is concerned.

'We have to be realistic that there is a point where if we can't make a reasonable contribution to the costs and it really does get serious as far as the losses are concerned, there would have to be consideration as to whether it is viable to play at Wembley or not.

'As Chairman I am absolutely deermined we're going to make every effort that the competition's final stays at Wembley. A good way of doing that is getting people to Wembley sitting on the seats.

It is the highlight of a career for many non league players who would never get the chance to play at Wembley otherwise and with prize money expected to see a bosst it is hoped the 2013 final - on May 4th will get the crowd it deserves.



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