After a barren 2020-2021 season, fans were back at games for the 2021-2022 season and we monitored the points cut offs once again, for your reference. The curtailed 2019-20 season meant that roughly 3.75 seasons worth of points were held on accounts at the start of August 2021, as opposed to the usual full 4 seasons of points, which may explain a minor downturn in the points needed to access tickets for some of the matches compared to pre-pandemic years.
The opening away fixture against Wolves saw a discernible drop from the previous season with fans present, which could be attributed to uncertainty around returning to full stadia with COVID-19 still present. Whilst the original cut-offs for Burnley, Leicester City and Brighton away are quoted on the infographic, the likelihood is these were reduced in reality as a result of returns for the rearranged mid-week fixtures after the original games were postponed for bad weather or as a result of COVID-19.
The lowest number of points required for a Premier League away game was 203 for Newcastle United. The three highest number of points required all came at lower capacity stadia, where our visiting allocation was significantly less than the usual 3000. 498 points were needed for Brentford, 415 for Watford and 413 for Norwich City. With Fulham and Bournemouth both promoted to the Premier League for the 2022-23 season, and with the limited allocation at Brentford, high totals are likely to be needed again for at least three of Tottenham’s away games next year.
The highest cut off for a full allocation of 3000 visiting tickets was Liverpool with 388 points followed by Arsenal with 367 points. Points needed for Chelsea were lower at 332, possibly as a result of playing them three times in the space of three weeks. Let’s not mention the results.
The biggest increase in points needed for an away game was for the trip to Old Trafford in March, which jumped by 105 points last time out to 319 points in the 2021-22 season.
Looking ahead to next season, “older” Season Ticket holders will have points accrued during the 2016-17 season removed from their ticketing accounts over the summer, leaving points accrued during the 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2021-22 seasons, along with points accrued during the upcoming 2022-23 season. “Newer” Season Ticket holders who joined during the Wembley season of 2017-18 will keep all of the points in their accounts over the summer before having their first deduction at the end of next season. The 2020-21 season has been wiped from accounts as a result of COVID-19.
THST Board Ticketing Team
28 May 2022