Join charge to bag Wembley tickets

LET the stampede begin – tickets for Stevenage Boro s trip to Wembley will soon be available. Tickets for the FA Carlsberg Trophy final at the new Wembley on May 12 will be sold to the general public on Sunday, April 22, from the club turnstiles in Broadh

LET the stampede begin - tickets for Stevenage Boro's trip to Wembley will soon be available.

Tickets for the FA Carlsberg Trophy final at the new Wembley on May 12 will be sold to the general public on Sunday, April 22, from the club turnstiles in Broadhall Way.

Boro chairman Phil Wallace said: "The FA expect up to 80,000 to be at this historic match and we need to play our part in making it the most successful event to date.

"We will be playing in the first ever cup final at probably the finest stadium in the world.


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"That's history in the making and ticket prices have been set to encourage people to visit, especially youngsters.

"We expect to have up to 15,000 tickets and after a few days, tickets will also be available online at www.thefa.com"

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There are different amounts to pay for tickets for the big day.

They are £25 for level one (lower and mid level seats), £20 for level five (high level seats) and under-16s tickets at both levels will be £10.

Tickets will be offered to the public a week on Sunday (April 22) at 11am through turnstiles one to four at Broadhall Way.

Turnstiles five to nine will open at midday if necessary. Cash only will be accepted and there is a maximum of 10 tickets per person.

Preferential allocations will be sold via the ticket office.

They are:

Season ticket holders - Thursday, April 19, from 5-8pm;

Supporters' association and discount ticket holders - Friday, April 20, from 5-8pm;

Programme voucher holders - Saturday, April 21, from 11am to 2pm.

Cash sales only and a maximum of 10 tickets per person for the above.

The club will be accepting phone bookings with credit card payment from 10am on Monday, April 23.

An admin charge of £1.50 per ticket will be added to all sales using this method.

Tickets can either be collected from the club shop on Tuesday and Thursday evenings or posted for £2.50.

It is expected that tickets will be available online from the FA at the end of April.

Boro's hopes of making it a Wembley double in May look to be receding.

Their chances of making the Conference play-offs - with the final taking place on May 20 at the new Wembley - now look remote after two high-scoring draws over Easter.

Boro must now need win their five remaining games and hope other teams slip up.

Their recent form has seen them take just five points from a possible 21.

Tamworth (Saturday) and Rushden and Diamonds (Tuesday) visit Broadhall Way in the next week.

Boro boss Mark Stimson said: "We will carry on and try to win every game to the end of the season.

"Until it's mathematically impossible not to, we'll still aim to get into the play-offs."

Boro scored seven and let in seven over the weekend.

Stimson continued: "The Easter weekend was a rollercoaster.

"Against Forest Green, we were fine for 15 minutes before we switched off for a six-minute spell at the back and conceded three sloppy goals.

"The players got on the front foot and we were 4-3 up before a tremendous late equaliser that no goalkeeper would have saved.

"And I believe Morecambe are the best side in the league and to be 3-1 up against them on Saturday was very encouraging.

"We had a big decision then go against us and it was disappointing to concede a third.

"Luck always evens itself out over the season. It's just unfortunate that things have not gone our way when we've needed wins."

Daryl McMahon and Damian Batt will both be missing this weekend after getting injured for the reserves on Tuesday night in a 6-2 defeat by Leyton Orient.

McMahon, playing against his former club, needed 12 stitches in an eye wound sustained in the first minute.

Batt also picked up a bad ankle injury in the first 10 minutes.

The goals came from Luke Oliver and Jamie Slabber who played a full 90 minutes on his return from injury.

P The Conference has a new sponsor for next season.

Blue Square, one of the UK's leading interactive gaming providers, has announced a new three-year sponsorship of the three Conference divisions.

It will now be known as The Blue Square Premier (currently Football Conference).

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