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FA Cup clash between Birmingham and West Brom prompts huge demand from baggies


 
 
 

Who says the FA Cup is losing it's edge - whilst some 3rd round attendances were disappointing - there's no doubt fans still value the cup. Take the West Midlands derby between Birmingham City and West Brom. There looks sure to be a full house at St Andrews after both sets of fans snapped up tickets like there was no tomorrow.

This prompted West Bromwich Albion Chief Executive Mark Jenkins to say sorry to fans after admitting they were 'caught out' after being 'swamped' for FA Cup tickets.

Around 18,000 season ticket holders scrambled for 5,500  tickets at St Andrew's.

"The demand, I have to admit, took us by total surprise," says Jenkins. "There was nothing in our recent booking trends which could have signalled such a surge of interest.

"Our most recent Premier League games at Birmingham had seen us send tickets back while, as everyone knows, the FA Cup has been struggling to attract the attendances and interest of old in recent years.

"But it was as if the club got swamped by good, old-fashioned cup fever and I’m afraid such was the demand for tickets it exposed glitches within our system. That made the scramble that much more aggravating for the fans and for that we apologise.

"The problem was not so much dealing with the quantity as the intensity of the demand. Ticket staff have said they had not experienced anything like this since the Wembley games in 2007 and 2008.

"We have done everything we can to resolve those issues and, going forward, believe we will be ready for the next high-demand game. Naturally, I’m hoping that will be a really exciting fifth-round tie!”

"But the huge up-surge for this cup tie really caught us out."

It is an interesting clash with Tony Pulis taking his unbeaten West Brom to in form Birmingham who have improved under Gary Rowlett in recent weeks. The Blues were massive favourites in the last round against non-league Blyth and scraped through - now roles are reversed and they are the under-dogs hoping to cause an upset.

JB

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