Chesterfield FC fans hit out at ticket ‘fiasco’ ahead of Derby clash

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Angry Spireites fans claim the club has presided over a ticket “fiasco” ahead of next weekend’s FA Cup tie at Derby County.

On Thursday, the club issued a statement on its website saying tickets for the game would go on general sale online at 10am on Saturday.

On Friday, however, the club issued an update on its website saying tickets would be available from 2.30am on Saturday. Those tickets sold out on Saturday morning.

A limited number of tickets will be available from the club from 10.30am on Monday.

Scores of Spireites fans who were not aware of Friday’s update have taken to Facebook and Twitter to complain and now fear they will not be able to buy any remaining tickets on Monday morning because of work commitments.

Karl Green said: “It’s a farce. Why change the original instructions? What people with families can get up at 2.30am to go online?”

Christopher Thoel, who planned to buy tickets for himself and his sons on Saturday morning but was unaware of the time change, added: “It looks like I won’t get any tickets as I’ll be at work on Monday.

“What kind of people are they catering for by selling tickets at 2.30am on Saturday anyway – drunkards coming in from a night out?

“It’s a fiasco.”

A statement posted by Chesterfield FC on Twitter said the time change was made due to “technical reasons”.

The club added: “There are a limited number of tickets available on general sale for next weekend’s FA Cup tie at Derby County.

“All the tickets loaded on to the online ticketing system for general sale sold out on Saturday morning.

“The remaining tickets will be sold from the ticket office from 10.30am on Monday.

“They will be available on a first come, first served basis, with a maximum of four tickets per person.”