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Footie Fans, get your England tickets

With the demise of exchange square the next best option for watching the World Cup is Castlefield...

Published on June 19th 2006.

Footie Fans, get your England tickets

Well, the council have well and truly slapped Manchester’s wrist and disapprovingly tut-tutted at the behaviour of England fans in Exchange Square last week.

We’re all being punished as a result of the antics of a few trouble causers, who just had to spoil things for everyone else. As a result of the bad behaviour of the naughty kids in the class, the rest of the World Cup’s England game will not be screened in Exchange Square.

Other, non-England world cup games will continue to be screened in Exchange Square, while future England games will be screened in Castlefield. These screenings will be free, but will require tickets that can be booked in advance.

There will be 7,000 free tickets issued on a 'first come, first served' basis from a temporary box office in St Ann's Square, which will be available from 11am on the morning of Monday 19 June and are limited to four tickets per person.

The council are hoping that by ticketing the event they will keep the naughty kids away, who I expect will just go and hang around outside the Spar drinking White Lightening, and attract only “real football fans with a pride in England and Manchester”.

The event will be fully stewarded and there will be a strict no ticket, no admittance policy in operation. No alcohol will be allowed on site and no cans or glasses can be taken into the arena. There will be concession stalls inside the arena selling snacks and soft drinks.

On a final note, here’s a quick telling off from councillor Pat Karney:

"Manchester's outdoor events are very well attended and the majority of the crowd are well behaved. However from time to time a small minority of trouble makers unfortunately jeopardise the enjoyment of others. Manchester will not tolerate this behaviour and will take measures to prevent it."

Sorry Sir.

Gates will open at 6pm for the 8pm kick off on Tuesday.

Jayne Robinson
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