Anger over ticket for eight-week-old baby

Dave Haworth was shocked to pay for a seat ticket for his 2 month old daughter Bethany, at the recent Blackpool FC game.

Dave Haworth was shocked to pay for a seat ticket for his 2 month old daughter Bethany, at the recent Blackpool FC game.

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BETHANY Haworth probably won’t remember much about her first football match.

For starters she slept through most of it. The other reason is she’s eight-weeks old.

But she still had to pay £5 to get in or, to be more accurate, her parents did – and they aren’t happy.

Dave and Felicity decided to take their five-year-old daughter, Eve, to Blackpool’s first match of the season – a League Cup clash with Morecambe.

Unable to get a babysitter, they also took baby Bethany – but got a shock when it came to getting in the ground.

Mr Haworth, 32, of Garstang Road West, Poulton, and a Seasiders season ticket holder, said: “We queued in the ticket office and when they asked how many, I pointed at the baby and said ‘well, three, because surely we won’t have to pay for her’.

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“The girl who served us was very nice but she was told by a supervisor that she had to charge us for health and safety reasons.

“We were told if there was a fire, they had to account for everyone. Now if there’s a fire as if everyone is going to stand outside and wait to be counted!

“But it’s the principle of having to pay for a two-month-old child who is the size of a backpack and had her eyes closed throughout.

“Babies were allowed in the Olympic stadium free of charge so why it is different at Bloomfield Road I’m not sure.”

Blackpool FC insisted their hands are tied.

A club spokesman told The Gazette: “As is commonplace in football stadiums across the country, we don’t operate a babes-in-arms policy.

“It is a condition of our safety certificate that everyone has to have a ticket. Even our defender Ian Evatt experienced similar problems with his twins at Wembley in May.”

The spokesman added: “For League games we circumvent this policy by asking parents to enrol their youngsters into the Young Seasiders club which gives under sevens free admission to League matches.

“However, as the game in question at the weekend was a Capital One League Cup game, we were unable to accommodate supporters under seven for free as the gate receipts are shared between the two clubs and the Football League.”

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