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1 hour ago, P.McCarroll said:

I love them - it's a night out, some footy & a drink up without all the pain and anxiety! 😛 Bizarrely haven't missed a home friendly since the Bingham era (3 qualifiers tho)

Had forgotten all about these tickets though, so was glad to hear from the IFA that the phenomenal demand somehow afforded me more time to buy them

 

 

Whining aside, I plan to go to this one, and book different seats to the current ones to get a look at the new sides from the old side. 

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1 hour ago, P.McCarroll said:

I love them - it's a night out, some footy & a drink up without all the pain and anxiety! 😛 Bizarrely haven't missed a home friendly since the Bingham era (3 qualifiers tho)

Had forgotten all about these tickets though, so was glad to hear from the IFA that the phenomenal demand somehow afforded me more time to buy them

 

Dead on then Phil, I'll see you and Mr McFarland in the usual spot for a beer pre-match 😉

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4 hours ago, The Dowie said:

Whining aside, I plan to go to this one, and book different seats to the current ones to get a look at the new sides from the old side. 

Good idea, but will you still get your loyalty points?

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13 minutes ago, Clint said:

Good idea, but will you still get your loyalty points?

Loyalty points? He's after a Fan Of The Month nomination with that level of dedication. 

IFA email was hard to believe anyway, coming so soon after Jim posting 82 of his CC holders said no made it a bit of a farce. 

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Take-up of 14/34 in our club. I struggle to justify two days work off for a home friendly but if it's to be Aaron's last game I may well make the effort.

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2 hours ago, hughes18 said:

Take-up of 14/34 in our club. I struggle to justify two days work off for a home friendly but if it's to be Aaron's last game I may well make the effort.

Need to change that club name to the 'North of England part-timers and glory hunters NISC' at your next AGM then Chris 🙄

In all seriousness I don't blame you even if Aaron is making his farewell appearance.

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7 hours ago, Clint said:

Good idea, but will you still get your loyalty points?

 

I'm just hoping for one of those big foam hands with a newspaper's name on

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7 hours ago, Richardh said:

Loyalty points? He's after a Fan Of The Month nomination with that level of dedication. 

 

See above ;)

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18 hours ago, The Dowie said:

 

Whining aside, I plan to go to this one, and book different seats to the current ones to get a look at the new sides from the old side. 

I'm leaving it to closer the time but that's the only way I'll head, buy a few tickets for the North/South Stand if I can get someone else to go.  Get a good view of the game for once.

Be lucky to get over 10K at this game I'd say.  Had to smile at the IFA spin e-mail!

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2 minutes ago, Rod said:

Be lucky to get over 10K at this game I'd say.  Had to smile at the IFA spin e-mail!

It's probably going to be one of those games where ticket sales are a lot higher than the actual attendance.

Should be more than 10k, the 30k or whatever it was who enquired about Campaign Cards will all jump at the chance to attend.

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I can understand the phenomenal demand for this glamour friendly. :flag: :think:

But for the first time in a very long time, I think I'll give this one a miss and let someone else more deserving take my place.

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Lovely spin from the IFA - looking at the ticket map on Ticketmaster there seems to be an ‘extraordinary demand’ from Campaign card holders to be anywhere else but Windsor Park during this match.  Out of our 5 block bookers I only ordered two tickets, one for an existing booker and the second for his mate.  Would have taken another couple but the IFA have deemed our seats ‘Grandstand’ seats (we’ve had the same seats for as long as I can remember so we aren’t there by choice) and you can’t change these seats to kid seats.  I’d rather not go than pay £30 each then

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No chance I’m flying back for a friendly against Luxembourg. I’m sure with the incredibly high demand my seats have already been snapped up. 😂

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Euro 2020 qualifying explained: why it is time to forget the Uefa Nations League... for now

Alistair Tweedale
The Telegraph Mar 21, 2019, 11:00 AM

Qualifying for the 2020 European Championship starts on Thursday.

To mark 60 years of the Euros, this one is extra special: the tournament finals will be spread across 12 countries, including England - a legacy of Michel Platini's time as Uefa president.

This new tournament format being introduced during the same 'international cycle' as the Uefa Nations League has left many people confused as to how the two are intertwined.

It really isn't that complicated, though. Here's a nice, (fairly) simple explanation as to how it is all going to work:

How does Euro 2020 qualifying work?

For the time being, forget the Nations League.

The qualifiers for the 2020 European Championship work almost entirely as they normally would: there are 10 groups (each containing five or six teams) in which every team will play each other once at home and once away. After all those matches, the top two teams in each group qualify for Euro 2020. Simple.

That accounts for 20 of the 24 teams going to the finals. We'll get to the last four a bit later.

What about the host nations?

There are 12 host nations at Euro 2020 (games will be played in London, Glasgow, Dublin, Rome, Baku, St Petersburg, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Bucharest, Bilbao, Munich and Budapest), or in other words, too many for them all to qualify automatically. This is therefore the first European Championship in 44 years where the hosts must qualify in exactly the same way as everyone else.

Wembley will host seven Euro 2020 games, including both semi-finals and the final, but England have to go through the usual qualifying process.

No more than two host nations have been put in each qualifying group, leaving open the possibility that all 12 qualify for the finals.

What about the Uefa Nations League?

This is where things get a (little bit) tricky.

Instead of the third-placed team in each qualifying group being rewarded, the play-off places are determined by performance in the Uefa Nations League.

Each team that finished top of their Nations League group is guaranteed a place in the play-offs.

If a team with a play-off spot qualifies by finishing in the top two positions in their Euro 2020 qualifying group, their spot goes to the next-best ranked team in their Nations League tier.

So, Switzerland, Portugal, Netherlands and England, who won the four groups in League A, are guaranteed at least a play-off spot. If one of those teams qualifies for Euro 2020, then their play-off spot is passed down to Belgium, the team with the fifth-best record in Nations League A. If every team in League A qualifies for Euro 2020 through the usual path, their play-off positions will cascade down to the best-ranked team in League B that hasn't already qualified or made the play-offs.

What does it all mean?

There are two main consequences of this new qualifying format:

Firstly, at least one team from every tier in the Nations League is guaranteed a spot at Euro 2020. That means one of the four League D group winners - Georgia, Macedonia, Kosovo and Belarus - will be playing at the finals.

The second main consequence is that it looks extremely difficult for League A teams to fail to make it to the finals. If any of those 12 teams fail to qualify by finishing in the top two in their group, they are very likely to go into the play-offs because most other League A teams will qualify. The remaining 'League A' play-off positions could well end up being passed down to League B teams.

When is it all happening?

The first round of Euro 2020 qualifiers are on March 21-23, 2019 - and the final games are on November 17-19, 2019. 

The play-offs will take place in March 2020.

How do the play-offs work?

The play-offs will constitute four separate paths (A, B, C, D) to Euro 2020. Each path will whittle four teams down to one via single-leg semi-finals and a final.

The winner will qualify for Euro 2020.

The Uefa Nations League finals are separate to the Euro 2020 play-offs. The winner of this summer's tournament does not qualify for Euro 2020.

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Just looking on Ticketmatser and there are still a few seats left in the Kop for the Luxembourg showdown. 

Well, in the sections that have been released as it looks like the IFA are playing a blinder using the scarcity tactic as their main marketing tool. 

 

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