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tasty_snacks
26-02-2015, 12:05 AM
Be interested to know what the longest ever ST holder stint at Palace is. Does anyone know?

I bet their blood pressure would make for a great medical journal article.

tasty_snacks
26-02-2015, 12:05 AM
Be interested to know what the longest ever ST holder stint at Palace is. Does anyone know? Must be a few well over 60 years by now.

I bet their blood pressure would make for a great medical journal article.

Salad_Burnet
26-02-2015, 12:12 AM
I'm into my second year.

tasty_snacks
26-02-2015, 12:15 AM
Well, congrats. Keep going until you're 90 and maybe you could etch yourself into the top 100. :p

Joyce the v must've had one for a good number of years?

tasty_snacks
26-02-2015, 12:16 AM
Duplicate thread, pls delete

racehorse-80s
26-02-2015, 12:20 AM
Not a Palace but have to give this Man utd fan some respect http://www.manutd.com/en/Fanzone/News-And-Blogs/2015/Jan/Bryan-Robson-visits-longest-serving-season-ticket-holder.aspx

hdeagle
26-02-2015, 12:20 AM
44 years including next season's and I am proud to support such a wonderful club.

Salad_Burnet
26-02-2015, 12:23 AM
I was once told by a Charlton fan that season tickets only came in in the eighties.

Do people remember them being available during the whole of the eighties and in earlier decades?

racehorse-80s
26-02-2015, 12:30 AM
I was once told by a Charlton fan that season tickets only came in in the eighties.

Do people remember them being available during the whole of the eighties and in earlier decades?

He's talking rubbish I remember relatives having them in the 70s and sure they date back well before then .

hdeagle
26-02-2015, 12:32 AM
Palace have had them since the early 70's as far as I can remember they were under 20 for the season

hdeagle
26-02-2015, 01:01 AM
An interesting footnote is that Spurs Season ticket sales in 1963 brought the club in 191 of their 6,500 annual turnover.

I got these facts from an old Spurs v Man United programme that I have from the 1963 season it then cost 3d or 1.5p for the programme.

Proof that football season tickets were around in 1963.

Hedgehog
26-02-2015, 02:16 AM
I was once told by a Charlton fan that season tickets only came in in the eighties.

Do people remember them being available during the whole of the eighties and in earlier decades?
Back before Charlton left The Valley they only used to have a very small stand that made the Palace main stand look like Wembley... The rest of the ground was standing.

I'm sure there was very few people actually would have had a season ticket back then, if any.

Palaceboy222
26-02-2015, 02:34 AM
I know a Palace fan who claims he went to every single home and away, league and cup game in our 89/90 season but missed the Cup Final as he didn't have a season ticket because 'no one bothered back then'

I don't know how true that is but I know my Dad went to every home game in the early 70s but never bothered with a ST

Hedgehog
26-02-2015, 02:51 AM
I had a season ticket for the AW in 1980/81 as my mate and I thought it was going to be tough getting into many games as the Whitehorse end was pulled down, and the capacity reduced.

We needn't have bothered - Palace we absolute crap that season and the place was half empty half the time! So much for the Team of the Eighties!

Yoda
26-02-2015, 04:25 AM
I know a Palace fan who claims he went to every single home and away, league and cup game in our 89/90 season but missed the Cup Final as he didn't have a season ticket because 'no one bothered back then'

I don't know how true that is but I know my Dad went to every home game in the early 70s but never bothered with a ST

Ironically, I think that was my first season as an ST holder. I didn't anticipate us getting to a Wembley final (no one did), so was relieved I had one and was therefore in a high enough category to buy a cup final ticket.

I think the ticket allocation went down as far as people who had purchased tickets for the cup run, and even fans who purchased an ST for the next season (Noades being a salesman), so he was unlucky to miss out completely.

the drexciyan
26-02-2015, 07:35 AM
My ST holder mate is 81 and has been going to Palace since 1938. He tells some good stories from back then. Not sure if he had a ST in all this time, he moved around a bit in the 70s, but he makes every home game travelling from north Wales and back.

El Aguila
26-02-2015, 07:39 AM
It was pretty unusual to have a season ticket before the 90s. I used to go to pretty much all the home games once I started work, but I never had an ST.

Gooders
26-02-2015, 07:45 AM
My dad's mate had season tickets in the late 60's and early 70's because he used to let us have them for free entry to reserve games. That was my introduction to Palace.

Ardent Eagle Forever
26-02-2015, 07:48 AM
I've had a season ticket since I came out of the Army, so that was 22, I'm 57 this year. 34 years. I relatively newbie compared to several people on here. God I must deserve a medal for putting up with palace for so long!!!:D:p

dave_who_ru
26-02-2015, 09:37 AM
There was an article last year on the rising costs of season tickets.

In 1981 you could buy a season ticket for Arsenal for 84 (equivalent to 273 in 2014 prices).

That was less than their current highest price for a match day ticket.

Jim Cannon
26-02-2015, 10:08 AM
I know a Palace fan who claims he went to every single home and away, league and cup game in our 89/90 season but missed the Cup Final as he didn't have a season ticket because 'no one bothered back then'

I don't know how true that is but I know my Dad went to every home game in the early 70s but never bothered with a ST

I had a season ticket and was able to get a Cup Final ticket, but in those days we only averaged around 17K so it was not essential to have a season ticket, but it's not true to say no one bothered.

McGonagall
26-02-2015, 10:20 AM
Loving this thread so far. Some absolutely outstanding supporting ! ! ! !

Jim Cannon
26-02-2015, 10:24 AM
Another fact I recall is I started going in early 70s though can't remember much before 1975. But my Dad told me that under 10s were allowed in free if accompanied by an adult and I was lifted over the turnstiles. I had my first season ticket at 10 and have had one ever since. Nowhere near the record but that's almost 36 years.

dave_who_ru
26-02-2015, 10:57 AM
I think we need a few long-term residents of the Main Stand as pre-1969 that would have been the only seating in the ground. Also the only other 'posh' bit was the enclosure in front of the Main Stand which was standing.

I do recall that you used to be able to access this from a side gate next to the Holmesdale End in the 1960s. Presumably there was a similar gate down the Whitehorse End. So you paid your money to get in and then you could pay an extra bob or two to get into the enclosure.

Del Fenner
26-02-2015, 11:00 AM
Back before Charlton left The Valley they only used to have a very small stand that made the Palace main stand look like Wembley... The rest of the ground was standing.

I'm sure there was very few people actually would have had a season ticket back then, if any.

http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/47/ce/85/47ce856d4247365ab6a79b8b14feb784.jpg

Jasper
26-02-2015, 11:03 AM
My Dad has had a season ticket for as long as I can remember and has been going regularly since the early 60s. Poor guy.

Robin
26-02-2015, 11:03 AM
I started watching Palace in 1965 and did have season tickets in the 60s. Unfortunately I cannot claim uninterrupted season tickets due to other distractions in the 80s. Current run of season tickets is about 22 years.

DARZET EAGLE
26-02-2015, 11:05 AM
My Dad had two season tickets from about 1958. We had a lovely view from central main stand next to the Directors Box. Interestingly my Best Man when I married in 1969 also sat just behind us with his Dad. Neither of us were aware of this until over 30 years later! I knew there was something I liked about him.

El Aguila
26-02-2015, 11:14 AM
It's a good point. Did season tickets even exist for the Holmesdale End when it was standing?

Dorking .Eagle
26-02-2015, 11:28 AM
Yes, of course.

Even in the 1930's the supporters club had a scheme where you could pay in weekly instalments for a 'wing stand' or 'centre stand' season ticket (there was only one stand then!)

JDawg
26-02-2015, 11:31 AM
There was an article last year on the rising costs of season tickets.

In 1981 you could buy a season ticket for Arsenal for 84 (equivalent to 273 in 2014 prices).

That was less than their current highest price for a match day ticket.

Was at Uni at the time and alternated between Villa and Liverpool (housemate who had a ST at Liverpool had a car). I remember the Kop in the early 80s was 2.50 if you rocked up and something like 35 for a season but you had to cut out tokens in the programmes for away trips/ finals etc. Same at Villa. Thing was both the Holte End and the Kop at the time were suffficiently big that hardly anyone had season tickets but programme sales were popular.

Given Liverpool were sweeping all before them in Europe at the time and Villa had just won the European Cup it shows that Arsenalo have always been expensive.

Canute
26-02-2015, 11:32 AM
I used to have a Palace pen pal whom I met at Selhurst Park around 2000. He told me that he had been a season ticket holder since 1958. In his garden he grew a little piece of grass soil from the cup final in 1990 (or was it from the semi final?). We met a few times for home matches and kept in touch until he sadly passed away a couple of years ago.
R.I.P. Ray !!

Nigel_Scarfer
26-02-2015, 11:41 AM
In the late 80's didn't the seats at the back of the Arthur used to have "reserved" painted on them or something, to indicate they were held by season ticket holders?

Mick
26-02-2015, 11:42 AM
The first time I had a season ticket was for 69/70 for the newly opened AW enclosure, although I had been going to matches from 62. Getting married and moving, kids etc, meant that from about 72 to 83 I didn't have a season ticket, but from I think 84, myself and pretty soon afterwards my wife and three sons have all had continuous season tickets. Under Uncle Ron, the initial season tickets for the kids were free from what I can remember.

eagle mart
26-02-2015, 11:58 AM
Only had a season ticket since 98. But missed a handful of home games since 89/90. It started being a ballboy, and then paying a 5 to get in and stand in E2... There was one season where I had a Saturday job, that was promotion season, I think for example I missed the Palace 5-1 Portsmouth (Armstrong & Southgate) and all those games. Since then it's been pretty constant... Never done loads of away games in a season, never more that 8 or 9 - but been to about 40+ away grounds. Including many repeat grounds over the years...

Timbo
26-02-2015, 12:15 PM
I think we need a few long-term residents of the Main Stand as pre-1969 that would have been the only seating in the ground. Also the only other 'posh' bit was the enclosure in front of the Main Stand which was standing.

I do recall that you used to be able to access this from a side gate next to the Holmesdale End in the 1960s. Presumably there was a similar gate down the Whitehorse End. So you paid your money to get in and then you could pay an extra bob or two to get into the enclosure.

I can remember sitting in the upper part of the Main Stand during the early seventies, but when did they change the main stand to all seater? Surely it was before the official requirements?

ruffus
26-02-2015, 12:15 PM
1972 and counting!

Swoonara
26-02-2015, 12:33 PM
I got my first season ticket when we got promoted in 1969. It was for the Arthur Wait enclosure and cost 2 18 shillings and 4 pence, about the cost of a bottle of water nowadays!!!

Andrew Aitchison
26-02-2015, 12:34 PM
But my Dad told me that under 10s were allowed in free if accompanied by an adult and I was lifted over the turnstiles.

I started going roughly the same time as you and remember being lifted over, or going through the turnstile at the same time as my Dad.

From memory I don't think it was official that under 10s were allowed in free, I think it was just common practice at most football grounds at the time.

selhursthoover
26-02-2015, 01:00 PM
Had one since 1980-1981.

Mad Max
26-02-2015, 01:22 PM
Having been a shift worker all my life I`ve permanently been at the disadvantage of never having a season ticket.Been going since 76 and the most amount of home games I managed was 20 in the 79 promotion season.Some of the fiddles I had to do to achieve that beggars belief amongst work colleagues.I managed a cup final ticket but queued for 9 hours 46 minutes to get it.

moverman
26-02-2015, 01:50 PM
I've been supporting Crystal Palace since 1968, only had a season ticket for two seasons.

When we was getting crowds of 40,000 - 45,000 in the early 70's I didn't know anyone who had a season ticket..

Can you imagine the delays if we got that many people turning up with cash nowadays...?

Mick
26-02-2015, 01:58 PM
I suspect that prior to 69/70 that you could only get a season ticket for the main stand and maybe mainstand enclosure. After that time, you could include the AW stand and enclosure, but don't think it was until the 80's that you could get seasons for the Whitehorse and Holmsdale, so it was very much cash on the day.

Thanet Eagle
26-02-2015, 02:04 PM
It's a good point. Did season tickets even exist for the Holmesdale End when it was standing?

I had my first season ticket in 1992 in the Holmesdale. If memory serves me correctly the Holmesdale stand was divided in to 3 sections. Paid about 100.

Kuqi32
26-02-2015, 02:06 PM
23 years old and 16th ST year next year!

AJ
26-02-2015, 02:18 PM
I had one in the early 70s, although I haven't had for the last 30 years, I believe my sister and Dad have maintained theirs and must be approaching 40 odd years.

MikeyBaby
26-02-2015, 02:42 PM
'87 or '88 I think I got mine.

Jim Cannon
26-02-2015, 02:45 PM
In the late 80's didn't the seats at the back of the Arthur used to have "reserved" painted on them or something, to indicate they were held by season ticket holders?

Correct though it went back earlier than then

cranesparkeagle
26-02-2015, 03:10 PM
I bought my first season ticket the season after the Last Stand so can now count 20? years

Odds Against
26-02-2015, 03:15 PM
41 years when I renew tomorrow

bestperch
26-02-2015, 03:26 PM
When we got to the Cup Final Ron announced that anyone who bought a season ticket for 90/91 was guaranteed a ticket. That's when I got my first one and have had one ever since. Never needed one in the eighties with sub 10,000 crowds rattling round what was still a large ground. Think I paid about 575 for five seasons for my current seat when the Holmesdale was built and remember being phoned by the club maybe early 2000s and offered as many seasons as I wanted for less than 200 a year but didn't have the cash.

ian king
26-02-2015, 03:39 PM
Along with 'Mick' and 'Swoonara' my season ticket started in the Arthur Wait Enclosure for 1969-70 and has been continuous since, now in the main stand. My wife can claim continuous since 1975!

As stated earlier, I am not aware of a season ticket being available for the terraced area when it was open on the three sides.

jimos_uk
26-02-2015, 03:59 PM
My Dad got our first season tickets in 89/90. I kept mine until I started working as a steward with my Granddad (always loved, never forgotten :(), for a bit of extra cash, from 95-02. After that, work and travel stopped me. Dad continued with his friends.

Though, I'm pretty sure it's just to give him an excuse for an afternoon out away from my lovely mother.

East-End Eagle
26-02-2015, 04:13 PM
http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/47/ce/85/47ce856d4247365ab6a79b8b14feb784.jpg

AS much as I dislike Charlton, I always thought that side terrace was mighty impressive. Not sure it has ever been full though!

dave_who_ru
26-02-2015, 07:54 PM
I came across an article from 1939 when a season ticket holder at Bolton (the season ticket gave him admission to all the first team and reserve team fixtures) unsuccessfully sued the club for a refund.

At the outbreak of war the football programme was suspended and in it's place a regional competition was put in place. The season ticket holder argued that he wasn't going to see the 21 First Division matches that he had paid for. However, he lost his case because an alternative was being offered despite some of the games being against Third Division teams.

It would appear that the Football League used this to advise clubs that they didn't have to refund season tickets.

dave_who_ru
26-02-2015, 07:58 PM
Going back further to 1914 I found a letter from a gentleman in Yorkshire suggesting that supporters should be allowed to buy their season tickets by instalments.

Gooders
26-02-2015, 08:03 PM
Going back further to 1914 I found a letter from a gentleman in Yorkshire suggesting that supporters should be allowed to buy their season tickets by instalments.

Yorkshireman. Enough said. :)

Ruskin Old Boy
26-02-2015, 08:09 PM
AS much as I dislike Charlton, I always thought that side terrace was mighty impressive. Not sure it has ever been full though!


It was impressive wasn't it ... recall a match or two in the 1960s after we'd been promoted back to the second division. On one occasion the crowd was no more than 12 or 13 thousand - almost a barrier each.

Looked up their record attendance: 75031 in 1938 for a cup match.

dave_who_ru
26-02-2015, 08:10 PM
And even further. In 1889 Burslem Port Vale (now just Port Vale) were advertising season tickets for Patrons 10s (50p to you), Stand 6s 6d (32p) and Ground 4s (20p).

Not sure what extras the Patrons got, but it shows that season tickets have been around since very early days and I 'm sure something similar operated at Palace.

Gooders
26-02-2015, 08:26 PM
And even further. In 1889 Burslem Port Vale (now just Port Vale) were advertising season tickets for Patrons 10s (50p to you), Stand 6s 6d (32p) and Ground 4s (20p).



Amazing! Good work. :p

Dorking .Eagle
26-02-2015, 08:29 PM
Looked up their record attendance: 75031 in 1938 for a cup match.

My late Grandad claimed to have been at that game, and said even more were at the game as thousands had climbed over the wall at the top of the large terraced side!

He also claimed to have been at the 1923 Cup Final at Wembley, and also climbed over the wall at that too! (It was the 'white horse' final with a reputed attendance of 200,000!). Wish he'd bought and kept a programme from it!

For what its worth he did actually buy season tickets at Palace!

Jack Regan
27-02-2015, 11:31 PM
It was pretty unusual to have a season ticket before the 90s.

Rubbish.

I had a season ticket throughout the 80's and so did the people I went with. I've been going for over 45 years and I can't even remember what it was like to rock up and pay at the turnstiles. Seems almost primitive.

Even in the 70's I was regularly given a complimentary season ticket from a mate of my dad - which comprised a booklet of tickets from which the turnstile operator used to remove the relevant ticket. The back of the book contained tickets for FA cup matches I think.

Jack Regan
27-02-2015, 11:46 PM
When we got to the Cup Final Ron announced that anyone who bought a season ticket for 90/91 was guaranteed a ticket. That's when I got my first one and have had one ever since. Never needed one in the eighties with sub 10,000 crowds rattling round what was still a large ground. Think I paid about 575 for five seasons for my current seat when the Holmesdale was built and remember being phoned by the club maybe early 2000s and offered as many seasons as I wanted for less than 200 a year but didn't have the cash.

When the Holmesdale stand was ready (1995?) Ron (RIP) sold 5 year tickets in it for 600 (120 a season) and I bought one.

Years before that, he offered a deal where if you bought a season ticket (anywhere in the ground I think?), you qualified for a free one for a nominated OAP in the Whitehorse.

Not a lot of people (want to) know that.

Moving onto the Jordan era, I too was rung up and offered a season ticket for 200 for myself and 27 (yes, twenty seven pounds) for a junior season ticket for as many years as I wanted.

I should've signed up for 10 years, but in the end, lot my nerve and settled for five. Shortly afterwards I was invited to a plush dinner for two for the launch of the Ambassadors Club.

When they started to go on about 25 year and 50 year season tickets, the alarm bells started ringing, so I ate my grub, supped up the ale and said 'thank you, good night'

tauranga rob
28-02-2015, 06:09 AM
Well done young man. I think it builds character to learn the meaning of disappointment at an early age!

Tom's Old Man
28-02-2015, 05:49 PM
Had my first S/T in 79/80, and continued through until 2008 when work made it unrealistic. Nearly 30 successive years, not too bad I suppose!

desperado
28-02-2015, 10:07 PM
I first went as a four year old in the 1952-53 season and have been going every season since

Season tickets were only for people who sat in the stand back then. You couldn't buy a season ticket if you stood on the terraces or in the enclosures in front of the Main and Arthur Wait stands until the early eighties

I stood on the Holmesdale for over thirty years before moving to the Main Stand in the eighties

Next season I will be starting my sixty third year of supporting this great club and I hope to match that gentleman featured today on the news still supporting his team at over a hundred years old

I'm hoping to see us win a cup by then!

AddoWolz
01-03-2015, 09:11 AM
There's an old boy down my road in his 80s , tells me he's had some form of season ticket at Palace since 1946 and been going with the same pal all them years , he is a very sprightly fella and you would never guess he is the age he is

NYEagle
01-03-2015, 10:07 AM
I first went as a four year old in the 1952-53 season and have been going every season since

Season tickets were only for people who sat in the stand back then. You couldn't buy a season ticket if you stood on the terraces or in the enclosures in front of the Main and Arthur Wait stands until the early eighties

I stood on the Holmesdale for over thirty years before moving to the Main Stand in the eighties

Next season I will be starting my sixty third year of supporting this great club and I hope to match that gentleman featured today on the news still supporting his team at over a hundred years old

I'm hoping to see us win a cup by then!

As a kid, I am sure I had a season ticket for the Main Stand enclosure in 1970/71 - we used to stand by the tunnel and get the players to autograph the back of the programme.

dannyboy1807
01-03-2015, 10:13 AM
Next season will be my 21st season.

redandblue
01-03-2015, 10:29 AM
Statrted going in 1984 held St since the launch of the holmesdale two seasons in block C then 3 in the upper had two seasons without and been in WHR Since, no where near a record holder daughter maybe though as about to renew for her third and she is only 5

Paulinmorden
03-03-2015, 12:32 AM
Had one continuously since 1978 (I think). I had stood on the Whitehorse up till then and think we paid on the day. Got the ST when we moved over to the then Old Stand Enclosure. Good job too as I have got some sort of memory of the Burnley match where they were only letting ST holders in as the Enclosure was nearly full.

ammiller
03-03-2015, 09:43 AM
I started going in 73-74 - on the crest of a slump - and went in the Whitehorse Lane End - pay on the day.

from 75-76 till 79-80 (the last season before they made the Old Stand all seater, I used to get a season ticket for my birthday in the Old Stand Enclosure.

Although, bizarrely I can vividly remember being in the Whitehorse Lane End when Best broke Ian Evan's leg on 1/10/77 - and also the season before, being in the Whitehorse Lane End and Holmesdale for some games in 76-77 season - so I must be talking Bollocks.
Maybe I only had season tickets for 75-76, 78-79 and 79-80 seasons.

Mictor Voses
03-03-2015, 09:55 AM
My Grandad started going in 1929 but didn't go during the war and for about three years in the early 70's where he moved to Guildford and didn't have a car. His final season was 1995.

My Dad started going in 1960 and didn't have a season ticket during the same three years in the early 70's as my Grandad and also for 2 years in the early 90's where he moved abroad on business.

I've had a season ticket since 1993 but didn't go for four years where I lived in America.

So there has been a season ticket in my family for the past 86 years give or take a few due to war and relocation.

Jim Cannon
03-03-2015, 10:59 AM
So there has been a season ticket in my family for the past 86 years give or take a few due to war and relocation.

Very impressive:lux:

I remember my Dad telling me his first game was in 1947, but don't know when he got his first season ticket sadly:sob:

ian king
06-03-2015, 07:27 PM
The prospectus for the share issue for the club back in May 1905 states that any person holding not less than 5 shares can purchase a Grounds and Covered Stand season ticket for one guinea (1.05p) and any person holding 10 shares or more and taking a season ticket "shall be entitled to a seat in the Pavilion". This did not include Cup Ties, F.A. matches (I assume the Cup Final and internationals), and Benefit matches.
So season tickets have been around since the beginning of CPFC.

Jack Regan
06-03-2015, 07:54 PM
Although, bizarrely I can vividly remember being in the Whitehorse Lane End when Best broke Ian Evan's leg on 1/10/77 .

What's even more bizarre, is that in 77/78 the Whitehorse was for the away fans. I feel an explanation is warranted here, and it had better be good.

BiggyD
06-03-2015, 08:01 PM
Back in 2001 there was a 97 year old Barnsley supporter who claimed to have been a season ticket holder since 1914. He claimed to have remembered them sending pigeons off at half time to share the score with people who couldn't make it. It was on a fan TV programme.

the drexciyan
06-03-2015, 08:25 PM
Back in 2001 there was a 97 year old Barnsley supporter who claimed to have been a season ticket holder since 1914. He claimed to have remembered them sending pigeons off at half time to share the score with people who couldn't make it. It was on a fan TV programme.

Yeah, they still do that up there apparently.

No one topping my mate Norm from 1938? Seriously anyone doing a book or article on the history of SP should speak to him, shedloads of stories from that time and after the war.

Dorking .Eagle
06-03-2015, 08:51 PM
Mikethetie's dad Eric has been going since dinosaurs roamed the earth (1930s)

Jack Regan
07-03-2015, 05:34 AM
Since dinosaurs roamed the earth (1930s)

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