Inverness Caley Thistle ask fans to donate season ticket refunds from cancelled games
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INVERNESS Caledonian Thistle are asking season ticket holders to donate the cost of matches that were cancelled last season to the club instead of asking for a refund.
Chairman Ross Morrison put out an appeal pleading with fans to allow the club to keep the shortfall from the five home games that weren’t played.
Due to the Championship season ending early, Caley Thistle only played 27 games in the Championship, forcing nine of their games to be scrapped.
These included five home matches against Ayr United, Dundee, Dundee United, Dunfermline Athletic and Partick Thistle.
Caley Thistle are set to sell season tickets for the 2020/21 campaign on its website tomorrow and at the stadium from Monday.
But with all clubs facing a financial hit due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Morrison is asking fans to consider not taking a refund from season tickets from last season’s scrapped home games.
In a statement on the club’s website, he said: “This season, the financial pressure on the club has increased. With the season tickets effectively discounted by 25 per cent for next season, we are in the very challenging position where we can’t afford to take a ‘double hit.’
“Therefore, I am asking you, our season ticket holders, to continue with your generous support in these most trying of times. I’m asking you to consider offering the shortfall from last season’s ticket as a donation to the club.
“This would help both for next season and indeed the future security and success of our club. Every pound is a prisoner for us at the moment.
“Ceasing playing football at the beginning of March and not being able to resume until mid-October is crippling for us.”
He added: “I understand, of course, that some of our loyal Caley Jags will equally have suffered real financial hardship throughout this period of lockdown, and if this is the case for any individual, I would urge you to contact us by 5pm this Friday and we will of course address the shortfall from last season accordingly.
“But if it is at all possible, we ask that you allow us to count the shortfall from last season as a donation to the club.”
Caley Thistle announced last week that season tickets for the 2020/21 campaign would only be 75 per cent the price of last season.
The club made the decision on the basis that only 27 matches will be played during the regular season in the Championship with the campaign set to start on October 17.