Thank you to everyone that entered the draw for the rights to purchase tickets for the Carabao Cup Final.
It proved to be easily the most popular one with 95 entries into the draw for the Manchester United pair of tickets, and 105 for the two pairs of Newcastle tickets.
In addition there probably three to four hundred applications that had to be ruled out, mostly as they were not members of the Exeter City Supporters Trust on the date the draw was announced – a lesson to all is to check your membership is up to date!
Neil Le Millier would like to publicly thanks many Newcastle Supporters who joined our Trust in the hope of getting in the draw who, when informed that joining after the date the draw was announced did not get them into the draw then turned down the offer of a refund which was very much appreciated.
Neil would also like to thank both Richard Knight, our SLO/Trust Board Member, and Phil Burden, Trust Secretary, for all their help with the administration of the draw and particularly the verification of dubious entries, a mammoth task given the vacant membership Secretary position and the issues we have with our current Membership Software which, thankfully, will soon be changed.
Neil also fielded a considerable number of calls, texts, and emails from mostly Newcastle supporters, though a few Manchester United ones, who had been unable to get tickets form their own clubs that I had to disappoint.
Phil Burden, the Trust Secretary generated the random numbers for the Winners and Runners Up and Doug Gillard, a Trust Board Member, verified the associated names.
So, the important bit, the winners and runners up:
- Pair of £90 Manchester United tickets for £189: Steve Kerswell; runners up Mark Batey and Debbie Matthews.
- First pair of £90 Newcastle United tickets for £180: Steve Joy; runners up Peter Hardy and David O'Neill.
- Second pair of £90 Newcastle United tickets for £180: Duncan Harvey; runners up Julie Moore and Sam Mason.
Both Steve’s were pleased to accept their tickets but Duncan’ situation has changed and he is not able to go to both Exeter’s match on the Saturday and the final on the Sunday so he has chosen to go to our game which mean his tickets were offered to Julie, who was overjoyed to accept them.
All three of the winners will be seeing me at Tuesday’s game against Barnsley to sign their winners’ contracts and pay for the tickets.
Should anything change and they not be able to attend then their tickets would be offered to the next runners up.
Thanks to all for entering, glad we could continue to offer this chance to ordinary Trust members.