Stoke City fans’ council have asked the club for an extension to the early bird season ticket offer for 2020/21.
Stoke last month announced they were holding season ticket prices for a 13th consecutive year, with adult prices starting at £294 in a discount period up to Monday, April 6.
But a lot has happened since then, leading to professional football being postponed due to the coronavirus crisis. There are nine fixtures remaining this season but the campaign is delayed until at least April 30 – and could be much later.
The club is understood to be reviewing a fluid and unprecedented situation. It is hoped that an announcement will be made early next week.
Angela Smith said: “As the chair of the fans’ council, I’ve gone to the club and said there’s a real problem.
“People are having to budget in an unprecedented situation. There are issues with payments and, as the club has gone cash-free, there are supporters who don’t own a credit or debit card. There are some who don’t have the internet.
“People have been getting in touch and asking for an extension. We’ve asked the club if they will consider it and will let us know as soon as possible.
“We are expecting this to become a higher priority now that the club has assured staff that they will still be paid and kept in work.
“This hasn’t been forgotten and we’re hoping for a decision early next week.”
Stoke have been in a battle to stay in the Championship all season but Michael O’Neill has guided the club out of the bottom three with excellent form, particularly in the New Year, and up to 17th in the table.
He said earlier this week: “I didn’t realise maybe things were as bad as I thought and perhaps underestimated how difficult it is to win games in the Championship as well. I thought you could go in and win eight out of 10 games. That’s very difficult! The norm is to perhaps win five out of 10 and that’s perceived as good form. There are inconsistencies within the league and how the teams are.
“It’s a massive challenge but I believe I am capable of improving what the current situation is at the club.
“In the long-term – there would obviously be a huge satisfaction in taking the club back to the Premier League – but the immediate future is about fixing what’s wrong at this minute in time. The experiences I’ve been through, I think, will help me do that.”