Sheffield pensioner upset by Owls ticket policy

Fans during the Irn Bru Scottish Third Division match at Hampden Park, Glasgow.  Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.

Fans during the Irn Bru Scottish Third Division match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.

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A Scottish Sheffield Wednesday fan says a decision to refuse him a ticket for tonight’s game with Scottish giants Rangers is ‘daft’.

Retired factory worker Alex Sinclair, aged 67, of Churchdale Road, Frecheville, intended to pay on the turnstile at Hillsborough Stadium for the pre-season friendly, but had to change his plans after it was made a ticket-only match.

And when he went to the ticket office, staff refused to serve him.

Wednesday said he was refused a ticket as he was not on their database of fans.

Alex, who has been watching the Owls since he moved to Sheffield from Glasgow in 1972, said: “It’s the first time Rangers have played at Hillsborough since I’ve lived here and I wanted to see the game, but the ticket office said I wasn’t on their database and, because of that, I couldn’t have a ticket.

“I’ve always paid on the turnstiles so I wouldn’t be on a database.

“It’s daft. I have been watching Wednesday for years. I’ve been treated like a hooligan because of my Scottish accent.”

John Rutherford, Wednesday operations manager, said: “The match was made all ticket after we were contacted by police and the safety advisory panel.

“He was unable to buy a ticket because he is not on the database. It had nothing to do with his accent.”

n Police are expecting 40 coaches carrying Rangers fans to travel to Sheffield and are warning motorists to expect congestion because the match coincides with the Sheffield Grand Prix cycling event in the city centre.

n Big night for Owls star: Page 38.