FREE TICKETS FOR GLORY'S HOME KICK-OFF

The ticket initiative which helped attract an A-League record crowd to nib Stadium last season is on again.

The ticket initiative which helped attract an A-League record crowd to nib Stadium last season is on again.

After the success of last season-s venture, Perth Glory in conjunction with Football West will make available 5000 tickets to be distributed to junior clubs for the A-League outfit-s first home game of the new campaign.

Glory kick-off their season away to Adelaide United on October 13 before a trip to the Hunter Valley the following week to take on Newcastle Jets, whetting the appetite for a Super Sunday against Melbourne Heart at nib Stadium on October 27.

Football West Chief Executive Peter Hugg said the governing body was delighted to provide the logistical support necessary to ensure junior clubs could take advantage of the free-ticket offer.

“Perth Glory and Football West continue to work together in various initiatives for the betterment of football in WA,” Hugg said.

“And this ticket initiative is another example of how the football community benefits when we work towards a common goal.

“We have had a fantastic winter season across our various competitions and the arrival of warmer weather signals the start of the Hyundai A-League and a new campaign for Glory. We encourage our junior clubs to take advantage of this offer but also to continue to support Glory throughout the season.”

Glory officials were delighted with the response to a similar ticket scheme last season when almost 17,000 fans - including 8000 associated with Football West junior clubs - poured into the newly renovated venue for the last regular home game of the season against Adelaide United.

Glory midfielder Steven McGarry remarked after the game how the support had been instrumental in the home side-s 1-1 draw, which secured their place in the finals.

The club-s new Chief Executive Jason Brewer hoped Football West clubs would again lend their voices to create an inspiring atmosphere against Heart.

“Last season-s ticket initiative for juniors was a huge success and it would be fantastic to have the same sort of response from the many junior clubs in Perth for our first home game of the 2013-14 season,” Brewer said.

“Under coach Alistair Edwards, the team had an excellent pre-season, which showed last weekend when they beat Sydney FC 3-0 in New South Wales, and everyone-s now looking forward to the start of the season.

“With two away games to start the season, we-re hoping the State-s football fans will be ready for our first home A-League game on October 27 at nib Stadium from 2pm.”

Football West have already contacted clubs regarding their ticket allocation, which is based on the number used for last season-s giveaway.

A major prize of a Glory-run training session, a framed and signed playing shirt and iPad will be given to the club which uses the highest percentage of its ticket allocation.

Football West and Glory have urged clubs to ensure the tickets are used or returned as quickly as possible for redistribution.

The aim is to provide junior players with an opportunity to watch a young, exciting team with many local WA players and to demonstrate the strength of the local football community, while also sending a message of support for Glory by filling as many seats as possible.

For more information contact your local club co-ordinator.