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“Stupid mistimed statements” -Accrington’s Andy Holt blasts Wrexham over ticket price

Wrexham faced criticism from Accrington Stanley owner Andy Holt for making “stupid, mistimed statements” amid a dispute over ticket prices ahead of their League Two fixture on Saturday.

Accrington went on to secure a 2-0 victory against Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney’s team at Wham Stadium.

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The public spat on X arose due to Accrington’s decision to raise ticket prices for both sets of fans for the weekend match, with tickets costing £5 more than the usual rate for games at Accrington’s home stadium.

“In response to Accrington Stanley’s decision to increase the matchday price by £5 from that previously charged at Wham Stadium for league games this season, we have decided to reduce the price of matchday tickets by £5 for the return game at the STōK Cae Ras on 02/03/2024,” Wrexham’s official account posted on X.

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In response, Accrington chairman Andy Holt said in a post on X: “When costs are already high, @Wrexham_AFC, the last thing football needs is stupid mistimed statements.

“It’s surprising how stupid you are given that a former CEO of @EFL is employed by you. Let’s have a great day for all fans safely, whatever the outcome on the pitch.”

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Shaun Harvey works as a special advisor to Wrexham’s board, having spent six years as the EFL’s chief executive until 2019.

In a response to a fan highlighting Accrington’s price rise, Holt said the increase resulted from an unusually large away following coming to the game, requiring extra police presence and more stewards, thus driving up costs for the club.

According to Accrington, there were 2,587 Wrexham fans in attendance, just under half of the total crowd of 5,261.

Goals from Tommy Leigh and Rosaire Longelo and a missed penalty in second-half stoppage time by Wrexham’s talisman Paul Mullin condemned the Welsh outfit to their first defeat in 12 games.

Wrexham slip to fourth in League Two, eight points behind leaders Stockport.

Source: The Independent Ghana

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