Jack Doherty’s earliest memory of supporting Derry City is running from his house in Deanery Street, climbing a wall and sneaking into the Brandywell to cheer on his beloved ‘Candy Stripes’.
Jack is 90 years-old and is Derry City’s oldest season ticket holder and along with his son-in-law Sean Cassidy and grandson Andrew Cassidy, he attended the official Derry City season ticket launch in the Derry City F.C. Social Club on Crawford Square on Thursday evening.
“I am not as young as I used to be and I haven’t been able to get the Brandywell as much as I would like. Between you and me, I would do absolutely anything to get back to the Brandywell next season.
“Sean and Andrew are both season ticket holders too and after every game they call at my house and we talk into the night about the game, about who scored and who are next match is against.”
Jack insisted that he would like to see more younger fans at the Brandywell and the reason he said more people should support their local club is because of the memories he has.
“God, I have so many good memories of Derry City,” says Jack smiling.
“I remember going to the Brandywell and the stadium would have been packed to capacity. Maybe those days are gone but I would definitely like to see more young fans at the Brandywell. I was a young 14 year-old fan once and Derry City has given me over 70 years worth of memories - they were great days.”
The Deputy Mayor of Derry, Alderman Mary Hamilton, attended the event and wished the club the best of success for next year.
“The scenes in the city a few weeks ago after the cup win were great. I wish you all the very best for next season especially due to the fact that European football will be played at the Brandywell during the UK City of Culture year.”
Derry City director, Michael Doherty, who officially launched the 2013 season ticket event announced that the club will not be increasing the price of a season ticket for the 2013 season.
“The FAI Cup final and the subsequent homecoming of the trophy showed what our club is capable of,” he said. “That success demonstrated that we do things best when we do them in big numbers and when together. The cup win has guaranteed European football at the Brandywell next year and we believe that will add significantly to the buzz around the city during our City of Culture celebrations.
“So to kick on from the success of the cup final, we’re setting prices for the tickets at a rate that is fair to our loyal supporters in these tough economic times. The majority of the prices for next season are the same as prices for the 2009 season and we believe they offers tremendous value considering the fact that we will have extra home games in the 2013 campaign.”
Mr. Doherty also announced that next year’s season ticket will entitle supporters to special discounted rates with several local businesses.
“Those who visit our Social Club on the night of a home match will receive a 10 per cent discount on any drink purchased while local transport company Airporter will offer season ticket holders a 15 per cent discount on all online bookings made during the course of the 2013 season. In addition, they will offer a preferential rate for any private bookings made by Derry City Season Ticket holders.
“Paolo’s Pizza will also be offering season ticket holders two 10” pizzas for £10 on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings plus free delivery from Monday to Thursday and at the Brunswick Super Bowl, Derry City Season Ticket Holders will be offered half-price bowling from Monday to Thursday during the 2013 campaign,” declared Mr. Doherty.
Derry City’s season ticket prices for 2013 are now available at the following prices - adults seated stand £180; concessionary seated stand £125; child seated stand £75; adult terrace ticket £155; concessionary terrace £125.
The club have also introduced family season tickets. For the Southend Park Stand for one adult and a child the price has been set at £225 while the ticket for one adult and two children will cost £255.
For more information on the Derry City season ticket visit www.derrycityfc.net