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FA Vase semi-final refunds: How to get one if you have an unused ticket

Consett AFC Chairman Frank Bell today issued a personal message to fans who were unable to get into the FA Vase semi-final, and advised how they can claim a refund.

Due to continuing restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the club was only allowed to have 300 paying spectators at the game versus Bitton on Saturday 5 September.

Now, with the FA Vase final postponed until such time as fans can attend in reasonable numbers, but no guarantees as to how many tickets we will be allocated, the club has made the decision to refund money now to those semi-final ticket holders who missed out.

Frank said: “First of all, I would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ for your patience during these challenging times. The club has, during lockdown and over the last several weeks, worked tirelessly with the Government department DCMS and The FA to increase the numbers that we could allow to attend the FA Vase semi-final.

“The club has also been working to try to secure guaranteed final tickets for those fans who bought semi-final tickets, but were unable to get in. During these negotiations last week the Government issued new guidelines for Covid, meaning the total number of attendees at the FA Vase final would be reduced to 1,000.

“On the original total allowance only 6,000 tickets were being released to fans – 1,500 to each of the four finalists. The reduction of the capacity to 1,000 effectively meant no fans would be allowed in to watch the final on 27 September.

The FA agreed to postpone the FA Vase final until fans can attend at Wembley Stadium.

“As such we requested a delay in the final until such times as the Government and The FA could allow fans in to Wembley. Hebburn agreed with our request, and I can only thank them for their co-operation, which has been excellent throughout these difficult times. I should also like to thank The FA, who have listened sympathetically to ongoing requests to try and do what we can for the fans.

“The FA are still determined to play this competition at Wembley, as is the wish of the sponsors and everyone else involved. The club has done all that it can with regard to try to achieve the best outcome for fans, with the matter escalating as far as the Secretary of State.

“However, the club cannot give any guarantees on future tickets at this time, and as such we can announce the arrangements for fans who secured tickets for the semi-final but were unable to attend.

Consett’s players celebrate beating Bitton to secure a place in the FA Vase final.

“The club will be open from Tuesday 15 September to Friday 25 September, from 10am to 8pm, to refund semi-final ticket holders who require a refund. Refunds can only be received at the club on the return of tickets.

“Many of you have donated your ticket money to the club, and for this and your ongoing incredible support in these challenging times the club is truly grateful. However, these have been challenging times for lots of families in so many ways too, and we should not forget that.

“The club would like to thank you for your incredible patience during this period, and going forward we will do our utmost to secure as many tickets as possible for our fans for when we do go to Wembley. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Wembley must wait for Consett and Hebburn as FA Vase final is postponed until more fans can attend

The 2020 FA Vase final between Consett AFC and Hebburn Town has been postponed until further notice, The FA announced today.

Both clubs made representations to The FA this week after it was announced that the capacity for the game has been reduced from 10,000 to 1,000.

It was originally due to be one of the government’s pilot events for the return of spectators to live sport, but the rising incidence of coronavirus prompted the cut in capacity, and today The FA decided to postpone the game until more fans can attend.

Consett Chairman Frank Bell said: “The club has worked really hard behind the scenes with The FA so they can appreciate how important an event this is in the club’s history and what it means to the fans.

“As such, we lobbied The FA to have the Vase final postponed until such a time that would allow fans to attend in volume.

“I would like to personally thank Hebburn Town FC for working closely with us in our efforts to get this changed for the benefit of all our fans. We would also like to thank The FA for listening to our representations

“Once we are aware of any new date we will advise supporters via our website and social media outlets.

“In the interim I would like to thank everybody for their patience and ongoing support in these challenging times.”

‘It’s the greatest day of my life after my wedding day’ says Consett chairman Frank Bell after his team book Wembley date for the FA Vase final

Consett AFC Chairman Frank Bell has described reaching the FA Vase final as “the greatest day of my life after my wedding day” after his club beat Bitton 1-0 to book a day out at Wembley.

Calvin Smith’s 114th-minute strike was all that separated the two sides in a hard-fought semi-final at Belle View Stadium.

Frank, pictured top with wife Dianne, told BBC Radio Newcastle: “I just broke down in tears – it was one of the best days I could possibly imagine, absolutely wonderful.”

On the prospect of a Wembley showdown on Sunday 27 September with Northern League rivals Hebburn Town, who won on penalties after a 2-2 draw with Corinthian, he said: “It’s absolutely fabulous.

“Vinny [Pearson, Hebburn chairman] and I have been talking since March about this, and this has been our dream, to get the Northern League represented by two sides down there. So look out the rest of the country, the Northern League is back.”

“Whatever tickets they give us, we will sell them. If they give us 10,000, we’ll sell 10,000. Our lads and lasses – they’ll be there.

“Ir’s a great day for the whole family, but also for the town, the fans, the players, the management. It’s absolutely wonderful.”

Frank had words of praise for opponents Bitton, saying: “No side gets to the semi-finals of the FA Vase if they’re not a good side. They played some good football, they certainly worked our goalkeeper as well.

“It was a tough game, a really, really tough game, and they should be very very proud of what they’ve achieved.”

  • Ticket arrangements for the final will be announced as soon as the club receives them from the FA.

Consett are on their way to Wembley after dramatic extra-time FA Vase semi-final win

Consett are on their way to Wembley after beating Bitton 1-0 in the FA Vase semi-final at Belle View Stadium today.

Calvin Smith got the all-important goal, pictured above courtesy of Paul Hardy, deep into extra time, after a great cutback from the byline by Matty Cornish.

Consett’s opponents in the final will be Northern League rivals Hebburn Town, who went through on penalties after a 2-2 draw with London side Corinthian.

To Bitton’s credit, they made Consett fight all the way for their victory, though the outcome might have been decided earlier if either of two penalty shouts had been successful.

The first, in the second half, saw Dale Pearson felled by the Bitton keeper as he tried to make a rebound.

Then in the first half of extra time, Matty Cornish was flattened from behind in the box, but the referee gave a free-kick on the edge of the box.

Bitton, who defended superbly all game, had their chances too, and Kyle Hayes made a vital save just before the winning goal.

  • Full match report and pictures HERE.

FA Vase: Consett’s semi-final v Bitton to be settled over one leg as date is set for Wembley final

Consett’s outstanding FA Vase semi-final against Bitton will be settled over one game instead of two, the club was told by the FA today.

The final itself has been confirmed for Wembley Stadium on Sunday 27 September (KO time to be confirmed).

But instead of being played home and away, the semi-finals will be settled by a one-off match.

A draw is to be held tomorrow afternoon to decide whether the game is played at Consett or Bitton. We’ll update social media as soon as we know.

The game is scheduled to be played some time between 6 September and 16 September.

Supporters understandably have many questions about tickets, and capacity limits, but the answer to them all at the moment is simply – we don’t know.

FA Vase update: The FA still aims to play the final at Wembley, with fans present

The FA has been in touch with Consett AFC and other semi-finalists in recent days with regard to its plans to complete the 2019-20 FA Vase competition.

Although all leagues at our level, Step 5, were declared null and void when the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak became clear, the game’s governing body is determined to finish the Vase, as well as the FA Trophy and FA Cup.

Consett are due to face Western League side Bitton AFC in one semi-final, while our Northern League rivals Hebburn Town play Southern League side Corinthian in the other.

This week, the FA has re-iterated its intention to play the final at Wembley, and said it is in close touch with the Government about when playing games with spectators present might be possible – though this obviously depends on further lifting of restrictions necessary to stem the pandemic.

It is understood the FA Vase and FA Trophy finals will still be played on the same day, and Wembley has been approached about available dates.

Once agreement has been reached over the finals, dates for the semi-finals will be arranged, and these are likely to be before the start of any new season.

Consett AFC Chairman Frank Bell said: “We are in the hands of the Government over when it is safe to play in front of a crowd again, and The FA over when the games can be scheduled, but we are just glad our dream of playing at Wembley is still alive after the unprecedented events of the last few months.

“Since lockdown restrictions began to be lifted we have carried out an in-depth risk assessment of measures which need to be in place in readiness for a restart, and have been preparing Belle View Stadium for a safe re-opening, with all the necessary social distancing measures in place.

“Our first team will begin socially-distanced training soon, and whenever The FA give us the green light to play again, I’m sure Terry and his staff will have the lads ready for the biggest game in the club’s history.”

No more tickets for the home leg of the semi-final will be sold until we know when the game will take place.