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PRIORITY SEATING IN NEW STADIUM SWAYED CHRISTIAN

27 May 2015

As the 12th Man initiative begins to really gain momentum, we caught up with new member Christian Ashton to gauge his thoughts on the season ticket offer to United fans.

Christian told us he had been going to watch the Iron since the days of the Old Show Ground, and rarely missed a home match.

He stated: “I started going with my dad and he took me to the last four or five games at the Old Show Ground when I was little.

"He said to me if I didn’t like football then I didn’t have to go, but since then I’ve been going every single season, and I’ve missed maybe only six or seven home games in the entire time Glanford Park has been here.”

The 12th Man package gives members access to a number of never seen before features at the club, as well as the usual offerings involved with a season ticket purchase.

Members will gain entry to each of the Iron’s home fixtures for the forthcoming season, as well as reserving their desired seat. Members will also get £1 off away coach travel for every away game, including priority tickets for away cup matches.

There will be a pre-match email briefing from Mark Robins to give members a special insight in to the goings on at the club at that particular time, as well as a complementary matchday programme on entry to the stadium.

The private ‘12th Man' Twitter account has also been created, with the aim to give members those vital news stories before general release, as members will be the only ones with access to it.

And of course one of the biggest incentives – the chance to reserve a seat of your choice for the Iron’s new stadium.

Christian says this is one of the biggest incentives for himself too, as he looks to reserve a seat next to the fans he’s stood with in the Doncaster Road end for years.

“With the 12th Man package giving you the ability to choose your seat, a lot of us (Christian and his friends) are getting it, so we can all go in the same stand and stay together.”

With the new stadium being planned for the 2016/17 season, Christian praises the club for their vision for the future, and says: “It is what we need for the future, and it’s going to help the club to move forward.”

Asked how he’d like to see United finish their final season at Glanford Park, Christian was hoping for a repeat of the heroics of 2008/09.

“I’d take finishing in the play-offs like in 2009, when Cliff Byrne’s last minute header against Tranmere secured it. Something like that which would live long in the memory. If we could get to Wembley too, that would be a fitting end to the stadium," he stated.

Happy with League One survival last season, and optimistic for the forthcoming campaign, Christian is delighted with the way things are going for the club he’s supported since being a child.

“The aim when Mark Robins came in was to stay in the league, and we stayed in the league, so he did what we needed him to do.

"Now next season hopefully we can bring in some decent players over the summer and push on.”

See much more from Christian Ashton on The Iron Player.


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