Ambler: Millwall's allocation for Palace is a "mistake" by police

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CHIEF executive Andy Ambler says he did everything in his power to increase Millwall's ticket allocation for the London derby at Crystal Palace next month.

The number of Lions fans who will be able to attend the game at Selhurst Park on October 20 has been limited to 2,600 for a second successive season – despite the fact that nearly 4,000 travelled to the same fixture in October 2010.

The Metropolitan police have argued they cannot afford to stretch resources any further to accomodate an increased allocation, with a Trade Union Congress march and four other football matches being staged in the capital on the same day.



"I applied for the allocation and I desperately want 4,000 fans there to get behind the team – last time that happened, we won," Ambler told NewsAtDen.

"If the police turn around and say, 'there's a TUC march, forget it', what can I do? All I can do is tell them that I'm very disappointed and that I think they've made a mistake

"They haven't reduced the allocation. We asked for 4,000 tickets because it's a London derby and we had that many a couple of years ago.



"That request has been declined on police grounds because of the TUC rally. I've been inundated with complaints, especially from members who don't think they will get tickets.

"We voiced our concerns to Crystal Palace and the police. Our police are talking to the Croydon police and they are still doing that at the moment.

"However, the police are telling me that there aren't enough resources to cover the rally and the football in London that day – there's also Tottenham vs. Chelsea, Fulham vs. Aston Villa, West Ham vs. Southampton and Charlton vs. Barnsley."

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7 thoughts on “Ambler: Millwall's allocation for Palace is a "mistake" by police

  • September 21, 2012 at 13:11
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    So why not move to Sunday, I am sure it would have done if Sky had planned to show it?

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  • September 21, 2012 at 13:34
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    I have a friend who is a Palace fan and she says that it's all down to the police costs, apparently Palace now don't pay for any police to save money so just have lower away allocations. I get the impression it started a couple of years when they were very close to going bust.

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  • September 21, 2012 at 16:12
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    Tottenham vs. Chelsea, Fulham vs. Aston Villa, West Ham vs. Southampton and Charlton vs. Barnsley.

    So what % of usual allocation are they being cut?

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  • September 21, 2012 at 16:18
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    Have a lot of sympathy with the club. Not a lot they can do.

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  • September 21, 2012 at 16:18
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    Become more public. Give us copies of letters they have sent to OB/FL/FSF etc on the OS?

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  • September 22, 2012 at 15:01
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    Why build a 20,30 40,000 seat stadium if the police say 'Sorry you cannot sell all the tickets' you will never recoup the money spent to build the stadium in the first place.

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  • September 24, 2012 at 12:25
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    Out of all the other games in London that day I wonder how many others have reduced away attendances

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