Today should have been a day of celebration for the Tartan Army getting their hands on a ticket for the upcoming Euros. The reality is that it has turned in to a shambles. A quick and workable solution needs to be found to allow excited and the most loyal fans to secure their tickets for next summer.
We are extremely disappointed and concerned that there was no supporter consultation in advance of the ticket sale schedule and methodology. The opportunity was there. Additionally, we would have expected the SFA to have consulted with other participating nations in order to identify best practice. This was a serious failing.
After attending Fan Embassy workshops in Hamburg last weekend, ATAC got a flavour of what other countries do to sell their tickets and we have been in discussions with the SFA’s Scotland Supporters Club since the beginning of this week to highlight these.
Accountability for what caused this will come in due course, but the most important thing is to have this fixed and communicated as soon as possible.
ATAC committee members met yesterday with the SSC Team, SLO & Security. One of the topics discussed was our upcoming trips to Spain & France
We are surprised to learn that the Spanish Police have designated our match there in the high risk category. Fans travelling to Spain should be aware that this may result in a more visible Police presence than we see at other away matches.
We know that a number of 🏴 fans throughout the Tartan Army will have purchased home end tickets independently of the allocation we have received through the SSC.
Fans need to be mindful of the heightened security category, and what this may mean for accessing the home sections. This always carries a risk to gaining entry but may be more enforced for this fixture.
The annual ATAC football tournament was hosted by the Doonhamers Tartan Army at Palmerston Park and Palmerston Arena thanks to Queen of the South FC for all their help.
8 clubs entered team from up and down the country: Edinburgh TA, West of Scotland TA, Dunfermline TA, Carnoustie TA, Falkirk and District TA, West End Bar Airdrie TA, North East TA and Doonhamers TA. The winners of the walking football were WEBATA with runners up Doonhamers TA. Player of the tournament was Jim Cummings of WEBATA. The winners of the seven a sides were Doonhamers TA with the Carnoustie TA runners up the player of the tournament was the hosts Scott Burns.
The awards ceremony was held in the Hole in the Wa’ inn and a massive thanks to Alan and all the staff for keeping us refreshed. A massive thanks to everyone who turned up,all the helpers,the referees,Willie Pool at Lochside Club, Lee Broome at Prestige Motors and Hole in the Wa’ inn and young Christopher Kerr who helped massively on the day.
Thanks to everyone who bought raffle tickets and donated raffle prizes.The raffle organised by Kevin Donnelly raised a fantastic £700 for the chest heart and stroke Scotland charity. Final thanks were for our hosts Doonhamers TA for putting on such a fantastic event.