No Alkmaar tickets for casual travellers

Last updated : 26 October 2005 By Reggie Holdsworth

Boro have today confirmed that, on Police advice, the club’s ticket allocation for their UEFA Cup tie away to AZ Alkmaar will be made available only to those supporters who travel on the official fans’ flight.

Boro have received an allocation of only 408 tickets for the tie on November 24, which will be screened live on ITV.

Boro’s Media & Communications Manager Dave Allan said: “On the advice of the Police, in Cleveland and in Holland, as well as the football authorities, our ticket allocation will only be made available to those travelling with the trip organised on our behalf by TravelCare Sports.

“We understand that, despite our earlier advice not to do so, many fans have already made their travel arrangements, but we trust supporters will understand that we must follow the advice we have been given on safety grounds.”

Priority for the ticket and travel package will be given to Boro’s longest-serving season ticket holders who have traveled to most UEFA Cup away games this season and last, irrespective of how they have traveled in the past.

The official fans’ flight is priced £199 including a match ticket. The flight will leave Durham Tees Valley Airport on the morning of the game, returning to Teesside soon after the end of the game. The price will include all transfers in Holland.

Supporters have until 5pm this Monday (October 31) to register their interest in the package via the TravelCare Sports website at, by calling their hotline on 0870 112 0123 or via MFC Travel in Captain Cook Square, Middlesbrough.

TravelCare Sports will require the name, address, passport number and season ticket patron number of any fans interested in the trip.