Well they didn’t mess about did they? Norwich City Official put out on Monday that they’d nip any rebate issues in the bud and at 09:15 today I received the same message as many of our MFW readers and writers doubtlessly did too.
“On Monday the club made the decision to begin the rebate process, after the government confirmed that owing to the current COVID-19 pandemic that no professional sport, even behind closed doors, will take place in the UK until June 1, at the earliest.
“Following a significant response and further feedback from supporters, the club can confirm that three options will be made available for 2019-20 season ticket holders and members to claim or donate their pro-rata rebate.”
And I must admit that I’m impressed with the speed and the timing. For those who haven’t seen said message there are three options:
Initially this left me in a dilemma. If I’d booked to see any of my favourite bands at the Nick Raynes LCR, The Waterfront or Norwich Arts Centre and they couldn’t perform or reschedule I’d want all of the money back. Deffo.
I am sure many generous folks amongst us will choose not to receive their rebate and make a donation to either the Academy or the CSF but everybody’s financial circumstances are different.
Why pay for a “service” you do not receive, despite the fact that in this case it is not the fault of the service provider, as in Norwich City Football Club?
Very many of us have hardly chased the Club on this issue, certainly not me. But some folks must have done or they wouldn’t have responded so quickly.
A return to my dilemma. I look at it this way – I’m by no means rich but I’m not particularly poor either so I intend to keep my Direct Debit to NCFC going until we can start season 20-21 safely. Loads of us will do the same I am sure.
I don’t want to lose my seat in the Barclay although I do feel we will lose some supporters when we eventually restart. I hope not but I fear it’s inevitable.
What I first thought was “yeah take the rebate it’s your money after all”.
But then I realised that with five home games left that I cannot go to that’s fifty quid in the bin. I always walk three miles to the ground but these days I get back courtesy of Courtesy Taxis at roughly a tenner a go.
So what I’ve decided to do is to contact NCFC and claim my rebate [£150? I dunno exactly] but give £50 back to be shared between the Academy and the CSF as the Club chooses.
Maybe it’s an unusual approach – for so many it will be all or nothing – but it satisfies my conscience and that’s good enough for me.
Of course, £50 means nothing to football but if it makes me feel happy so much the better.
I’d love to know the decisions our readers, their families and friends have made.
Maybe my approach isn’t unique after all?