Supporters Club:Barnet

by Scott Thornberry - 28th October 2009

supporters club:barnet

 

 

The Supporters Club have been successfully running coaches to all away games played by Darlington F.C. for over 20 years, however, due to the current recessions and the low numbers of supporters currently travelling to away games, the  pricing structure for the FA Cup tie at Barnet has been reviewed and the following fares for this tie will apply:

 

 

 

(Prices are per person)

Number of People Travelling

Fare (Per Person)

15

£60

20

£45

25

£36

30

£30

In these difficult economic times, it is vital that the Supporters Club cover their costs.  Previous trips to league games have incurred huge losses which the Supporters Club cannot sustain.  This trip falls outside the contract currently in operation with Atkinsons coaches, and therefore, all costs must be covered.  The Supporters Club will not cover any losses which could be incurred by this trip.

If anyone wishes to travel to Barnet then their firm intention to travel must be known by Wednesday 4th November.  However, if there are insufficient people travelling to cover the overall cost of the coach, then this coach to Barnet will not travel.

If anyone books a place on the coach and does turn up on the morning of travel, will be charged the appropriate fare for this trip.

If anyone wishes to travel on this coach, then please contact 01325 243911 as soon as possible.

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wylam_rangers - 28th October 2009 21:28:59

Those prices will not be beaten on the train at this late stage and petrol is approx £70 for the return journey so to be cost effective that needs 3 or 4 in a car

Spyman - 28th October 2009 21:34:33

wylam_rangers wrote:
Those prices will not be beaten on the train at this late stage and petrol is approx £70 for the return journey so to be cost effective that needs 3 or 4 in a car

I want to make a joke here, but I feel you're starting to dislike me :lol:

quakersam - 28th October 2009 22:21:04

I appreciate that times are hard and what have you, but prices like those aren't going to attract many people are they. I've used the supporters coaches to Port Vale, Lincoln and Leeds this season and it is a great way to get to matches when the train is more expensive. But, if they aren't under contract for this game, why don't they approach a different company or put on a smaller bus? Surely then costs would be kept down and they wouldn't have to charge people so much? How many went on the coach last Saturday; 15 on a 53 seater? Less than a third full :roll:
I think it was in Aldershot's programme they were trying to keep every trip to £15 per person, so what they make on short trips, they can then cover for the longer trips.
For example if I turned up next Saturday and there was only 15 people, I would have to fork out £60. The Grand Central train is only £44 return whenever you book it, so more people are likely to take this option in my eyes.

Just a thought :?
QS

Markodarlo - 28th October 2009 22:28:49

I have a seven seater and am considerig traveling down, not 100% at the moment, if i did go would anyone be interested in jumping in and sharing the fuel costs?????

wylam_rangers - 28th October 2009 22:31:23

quakersam wrote:
I appreciate that times are hard and what have you, but prices like those aren't going to attract many people are they. I've used the supporters coaches to Port Vale, Lincoln and Leeds this season and it is a great way to get to matches when the train is more expensive. But, if they aren't under contract for this game, why don't they approach a different company or put on a smaller bus? Surely then costs would be kept down and they wouldn't have to charge people so much? How many went on the coach last Saturday; 15 on a 53 seater? Less than a third full :roll:
I think it was in Aldershot's programme they were trying to keep every trip to £15 per person, so what they make on short trips, they can then cover for the longer trips.
For example if I turned up next Saturday and there was only 15 people, I would have to fork out £60. The Grand Central train is only £44 return whenever you book it, so more people are likely to take this option in my eyes.

Just a thought :?
QS


With Grand Central you just might arrive by Tuesday

quakersam - 28th October 2009 22:32:26

:lol: They're reliable now, and much better than that other rip-off I call National Express

Spyman - 28th October 2009 22:45:06

quakersam wrote:
I think it was in Aldershot's programme they were trying to keep every trip to £15 per person, so what they make on short trips, they can then cover for the longer trips.

Aldershot do have the benefit of having a lot mroe short trips than we do though, given that our closest opposition is 67 miles away - they have several clubs within that sort of range (Bournemouth, Barnet, Dagenham all within about 80 miles).

wylam_rangers - 28th October 2009 22:50:50

Spyman wrote:
quakersam wrote:
I think it was in Aldershot's programme they were trying to keep every trip to £15 per person, so what they make on short trips, they can then cover for the longer trips.

Aldershot do have the benefit of having a lot mroe short trips than we do though, given that our closest opposition is 67 miles away.


Good point Spy. I think our coaches are good value and it must be running "dry" that puts people off.

Easy solution. Put your G&T or Rum'n coke in a Thermos flask :thumbup:

RH79 - 29th October 2009 08:04:42

no cheap train tickets so the coach wil be the cheapset way to get to the match. Give it a try!

loan_star - 29th October 2009 11:32:09

Possibly one thing that can put people off, especially on a one off trip when they could use the supporters bus, is the joining fee just to get to book on the bus. I know that the fee goes towards the insurance against games being called off but why not, especially on trips like this, dont they let others on as well for maybe a quid or two more but on the understanding that they arent covered by the insurance? Could be worth a try?

DFCAnth - 29th October 2009 15:33:20

Markodarlo wrote:
I have a seven seater and am considerig traveling down, not 100% at the moment, if i did go would anyone be interested in jumping in and sharing the fuel costs?????


If you decide to do this, I would be interested.

walshys_wingman_11 - 29th October 2009 17:44:13

The supp club need the cash to pay for the buses used. They are esstentially a non profhit club because whenever they make cash they tend to put it back it to DFC as a donation at the end of the season.As Spyman say,it does not help is the fact we have no close games and therefore the actual trips cost more to run than the other teams so they cant do an offer like Aldershot. The more people who use the buses the better the chance that the supp club can make a donation to DFC.

Darlo_Pete - 29th October 2009 23:25:15

I think the price structuring is a very safe way for the SC to carry on their business of taking fans to away matches. The main problem is that people don't know what they're going to be charged when they book. So someone may only be able to afford £30, but may get clobbered with a £60 charge. So they'll not likely take the risk, which will be a pity. But I do realise that the SC can't afford to run trips at a loss, especially when localish trips can't even attract a full coach.

AndyPark - 4th November 2009 03:21:10

How many are booked on the coach then ?.. Does anybody know ?.. Hopefully we can at least half a bus load and then hopefully have around 200ish down in Barnet.

Darlo_Pete - 4th November 2009 12:14:07

I'd be surprised if they get more than 25, especially as there has been long trips on the two previous weekends. Which will mean that everybody will have to pay either £60 or £45, which isn't cheap, but the SC have no choice as they have to cover the cost of the coach. I can't see us taking more than a 100 to 150 to the game and the majority of those will be exiled Southern based fans.

danny_88 - 5th November 2009 12:17:36

At the moment there is 21 people on the bus and it is going to Barnet. It is £35 and setts off at 8.30am

Mullet69 - 5th November 2009 12:20:18

danny_88 wrote:
At the moment there is 21 people on the bus and it is going to Barnet. It is £35 and setts off at 8.30am


I'm glad it's going to Barnet, and not somewhere else

AndyPark - 5th November 2009 13:45:49

danny_88 wrote:
At the moment there is 21 people on the bus and it is going to Barnet. It is £35 and setts off at 8.30am


Not bad, thanks mate :thumbup:

FcEindhoven - 5th November 2009 14:25:13

it's 35 quid? I think I may be interested :D

quakersam - 5th November 2009 15:26:13

Any word on the minibus Marko?

DFCAnth - 5th November 2009 15:29:23

FcEindhoven wrote:
it's 35 quid? I think I may be interested :D


I know that you've just moved to Darlo so just to let you know, to use the supporters club busses you need to be a member. It is £5 to join and I think it will last for the remainder of the season.

AndyPark - 5th November 2009 15:32:10

To book call Mary or Glen on 01325 243911 :D

FcEindhoven - 5th November 2009 15:48:25

DFCAnth wrote:
FcEindhoven wrote:
it's 35 quid? I think I may be interested :D


I know that you've just moved to Darlo so just to let you know, to use the supporters club busses you need to be a member. It is £5 to join and I think it will last for the remainder of the season.


5 quid is a bargin! Fc eindhoven supporters club charge 20 euro! Although we do get 2 free matches :P