By Alan Rodgers
MANY loyal supporters are facing a frantic search for tickets to attend Tyrone’s seventh All-Ireland final appearance on Saturday.
The Red Hand county only received an allocation of around 8,000 for the Sam Maguire showdown against Mayo, and supply is nowhere near meeting the massive demand for tickets with Croke Park limited to half-capacity.
Ciaran McDaid, secretary of Omagh St Enda’s, one of the largest clubs in the county, said they had received upwards on 600 applications, but were only able to meet about 60 per-cent of that demand.
“It’s frustrating that we’re unable to cater for all our members and that will cause some resentment.
“But we have made the decisions around allocation to the best of our ability,” he said.
“The process is the big problem this year because there is effectively a third party dictating how tickets are allocated in pods of two.
“It’s not for any body other than clubs to say how we give out our tickets, but this system seems to be geared towards removing the ability of clubs to allocate their tickets as they see fit.”