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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.”

FA Vase semi-final programmes – have you got your souvenir of the day Consett made club history?

Programmes from our historic FA Vase semi-final win over Bitton are still available from the club – while stocks last.

We anticipated huge interest in the game, even though the crowd was limited to 300 paying supporters by Covid-19 restrictions.

Now that we’re off to Wembley to face Hebburn Town in the final on Sunday 27 September, the programme is likely to become a collectors’ item.

Anyone who didn’t pick one up at the game, or who couldn’t attend due to the restrictions, can still get one for the cover price of £2, but only a limited number remain, and once they’re gone they’re gone.

Ask at the bar or call the club on 01207 588886 if you want to own a piece of Consett history. Postage charges will apply for copies not being collected in person.

‘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.

FA Vase: Consett boss Terry Mitchell faces tough choices ahead of semi-final as he prepares for biggest game in club’s history

Consett manager Terry Mitchell says his biggest headache in the run-up to today’s FA Vase semi-final is who to leave out of the 18-man matchday squad.

The Steelmen currently have 24 players fit and raring to go for the biggest game in the club’s history, but the manager can only pick the starting XI and seven substitutes.

That will leave six players disappointed at not being involved, and the manager says it will be an extremely tough decision.

Emergency rules for the competition mean that for the semi-final and final, clubs can select two players who have not played for them in the competition during the 2019-20 season.

Terry told the Northern League website: “We have a  full squad of 24 players available and everybody wants to be part of it.

“Whittling it down to 18 players is the hardest thing we’ve got to do, but it’s a nice problem, as we have 24 quality players.”

He said he has a strong squad at his disposal, with or without being able to pick two new players for the game. 

But he’s in no doubt about the quality of opponents Bitton, who make the long journey from South Gloucester.

“They’ve got to be good to make it this far in a national competition and come 3pm it’s a one-off game to get to Wembley.  It will be a tough game, but we’re confident.

“Best wishes to Hebburn too.  We hope everybody in the region will be hoping it’s going to be a North East final.”

FA Vase semi-final latest: More fans invited to get new tickets for Bitton game

More Consett fans are to be given the chance to get replacement tickets for Saturday’s FA Vase semi-final against Bitton.

Season ticket holders were given priority for new tickets for the tie, which is now being decided by one game instead of over two legs.

Supporters who had tickets numbered 1-230 were then invited to come to Belle View Stadium to exchange them for new tickets for the game, which will have a limited capacity.

Now, fans who have tickets numbered 231-275 will be offered the same chance. They are invited to attend Belle View from 10am-8pm on Friday, 4 September, to receive replacement tickets.

FA Vase update: More semi-final ticket holders invited to collect their replacements for the big game

Consett AFC has today invited more FA Vase semi-final ticket holders to come to Belle View and exchange their old tickets for new ones.

Season ticket holders were given priority for replacement tickets for the reduced-capacity one-off game versus Bitton this Saturday, 5 September.

They have now been allocated, and the club is pleased to be able to ask supporters in possession of tickets numbered 1-230 to come and get replacements.

The clubhouse at Belle View Stadium will be open from 6pm-10pm today and 10am to 10pm tomorrow for the exchange.

Consett AFC Chairman Frank Bell said: “We want as many supporters as possible to be able to see the game, and are still talking to the secretary of State and The FA. As soon as we have any news we will update everyone.”

Season ticket holders have two days to exchange their FA Vase semi-final tickets for new ones

Consett AFC season ticket holders who have bought tickets for the FA Vase semi-final have been asked to return them in the next two days.

They are being given priority for the one-off match against Bitton AFC, which will take place at Belle View Stadium at 3pm on Saturday 5 September.

Current Government regulations stipulate that we are only allowed 300 spectators for the game, which has attracted huge interest.

Urgent negotiations are ongoing with The FA and Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS) in a bid to have our capacity increased, so hundreds more supporters who have bought tickets can attend the game.

In the meantime, season ticket holders have from 2pm to 8pm today, and 10am to 6pm tomorrow to exchange their tickets for replacements.

Track and trace details will be taken in order to speed up entry at the turnstiles, and limit queueing on matchday.

Chairman Frank Bell said: “As soon as we have clarity from the DCMS and The FA we will advise other semi-final ticket holders. Thank you for your patience.

“You must be thinking ‘why isn’t the club telling us what’s going on?’ and the answer is simple. We do not know either.

“We are fighting all the way to have as many fans there as possible, and we are still lobbying The FA and DCMS via our MP and other channels.”

Consett will play their one-off FA Vase semi-final versus Bitton at home

Consett will play their winner-takes-all FA Vase semi-final against Bitton at home, we can announce today.

A draw was held yesterday to determine home advantage for the one-off game, which we can now reveal will be played at Belle View Stadium on Saturday 5 September, KO 3pm.

The prize at stake is a place in the final at Wembley Stadium against either Hebburn Town or Corinthian on Sunday 27 September. Hebburn are away in their game, also on Saturday 5 September.

Consett AFC Chairman Frank Bell said: “We are in discussions with The FA and Bitton about ticket allocation, and will release the information as soon as we have it, which we have been advised will be early next week.

“The club is working hard to resolve the situation with the best interests of supporters in mind, within the current parameters given by the Government and The FA.

“We would like to thank all our supporters for their patience and support in these extremely challenging times.”

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.

Consett’s FA Vase semi-finals v Bitton postponed as FA closes down all grassroots football due to coronavirus outbreak

Consett’s two-legged FA Vase semi-final against Bitton has been postponed ‘for the foreseeable future’ after the FA closed down all grassroots football in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The club was informed today that the games, scheduled for March 21 and 28, have been postponed.

However, the FA is committed to try to complete the competition fixtures, and will be liaising with clubs about the options.

A statement issued by the FA this evening said: “Following the Government’s announcement today, for people to avoid social contact and gatherings where possible, we are now advising that all grassroots football in England is postponed for the foreseeable future.
 
“Throughout this period, we have taken Government advice, with the priority being the health and well-being of all. We will continue to work closely with the grassroots game during this time.
 
“We are in regular communication with the Government and the situation within English football at all levels remains under regular review. Further updates will follow as needed.”