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Football fans criticise daily over contest to win tickets for club based off-patch

Football fans have criticised a regional daily for running a competition allowing readers to win tickets for a club not based on its patch.

Fans of Shrewsbury Town and Telford United took to social media after the Shropshire Star announced the contest offering entrants the chance to win tickets to every Aston Villa home game for the rest of the 2017/18 season.

Villa are based in Birmingham, but the club’s exploits are covered in the Star’s sports pages on a regular basis.

However, dozens took to Twitter to protest about the competition – with some even calling for a boycott of the newspaper.

A tweet promoting the competition

A tweet promoting the competition

The competition was promoted on the Star’s official Twitter account with the caption: “Tickets to [Aston Villa] for the rest of the season? Why wouldn’t you enter?”

Among those to respond on Twitter was Neil Handley, who posted: “You are the ‘Shropshire’ Star – not the Birmingham Mail. You should be promoting Shropshire clubs.”

Shrewsbury Town fan Aleix Gwilliam added: “Absolute disgrace that you run this. Why not show support for your local team who, if you hadn’t noticed, are doing quite well this season.”

Some of the criticism levelled at the Star by fans

Some of the criticism levelled at the Star by fans

Dave Jackson wrote: “Because I’m a Telford United season ticket holder. Prefer to follow my local team.”

And a user posting under the name ‘kitcub’ said: “What an absolute shambles. Should be ashamed of yourselves normally but especially this season with [Shrewsbury Town] flying as they are. Boycott.”

A spokesman for Star owner the Midland News Association told HTFP: “The Shropshire Star continues to focus primarily on the clubs in the county and has reported on the successful League One campaign to date by Shrewsbury Town at every step.

“The Star retains strong links with all the county clubs and has regularly run competitions for their fans. It has provided readers with editorial coverage on Aston Villa for many years so this competition provides Villa fans living in the county with an opportunity, if they wish to enter.”


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  • October 25, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Non-story based on a few Twitter comments and a disgruntled former employee. Shropshire has fans who support loads of different teams and plenty of people who have moved out from the greater Birmingham conurbation. Many believe Wolves are the best supported team in Shropshire by weight of numbers in towns like Telford and Bridgnorth.

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  • October 25, 2017 at 10:01 am

    As a Shrewsbury Town fan, I really don’t have a problem with this.
    The paper continues to provide good daily coverage of the club (and Telford) and has supported both sides for a long time.
    It is clearly a competition and not the paper “changing teams” and anyway, as Shock Horror says, many football supporters in Shropshire follow Birmingham/Wolves/Villa etc anyway.
    Non-story with football fans overreacting as usual!
    One thing I would have done differently is changed how it was promoted on social media…

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  • October 25, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Let’s all “get a life” and stop being so small minded about what a newspaper is promoting.

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