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Fan Letters: “Why are some so negative about Denver Hume?!”

RR reader George asks why there is so much negativity around Denver Hume and more questions are asked about the club’s stance on ticketing. Email us:

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Dear Roker Report,

We’ve got a young lad here at the club who wants to stay and prove himself in Denver - why are some so negative about him? He’s a footballer who is entitled to try and do the best for himself... maybe he’s been undervalued, I don’t know. Whatever the case may be, he’s here now and he’s ours, so let’s back him 100% of the way.

Ha’way Denver lad, we have your back.

George Pressman

Ed’s Note [Chris]: Couldn’t agree more George. Nobody knows what went on behind the scenes and the bottom line is that he is a Sunderland player and that’s all that should matter. He’s a good League One player and provides more competition in what is looking on paper to be a pretty good squad.

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Denver Hume
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Dear Roker Report,

I cannot help but agree wholeheartedly with those complaining about the changes to the ticketing system at the SOL.

As someone who first visited Roker Park in 1954 (a loss to Doncaster Rovers) and, admittedly an irregular attender since, I feel that very little thought has been given as to how those like myself can obtain tickets for individual matches.

Although I have a smartphone, why should I put myself (a pensioner and PURCHASER!) to the expense of a printer to obtain something which should be provided by the seller?

Please SAFC, think again.

James Page

Ed’s Note [Chris]: It’s a strange one James, and it is not necessarily the decision they have made, it’s the way that it has been done. There could have been something put in place to help fans who don’t have that option or are unable to prepare for different methods of ticketing and/or providing only cashless options to pay at the stadium.

At the end of the day, people are trying to spend money with the club and they aren’t making it easy for people to do that. It’s a concern for many that the club aren’t dealing with at the moment.

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Dear Roker Report,

Now the ticket office is only open on a Friday, for tickets for the game on a Saturday - why are there no cash gates? Try getting a ticket on a Saturday if you finish work an hour before the ticket office closes... no chance!

Stephen Barron

Ed’s Note [Chris]: I can’t see why the option isn’t available Stephen, it’s not as if we are sold out for every home game and for some it’s convenient to have the option.

When I was a kid I remember many times when an adult only became available at the last minute to take me to the match and we ran down to Roker Park at the last minute to get through the turnstile just after kick-off. Not sure we’d have been able to to get away with that now.

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