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Details On Tickets, PLEASE!

I thought one of the good initiatives of the rebranded Singapore Premier League (SGPL) is to allow fans to buy their match tickets online, which is a laudable move as it is a practice in tandem with many other sporting events held in Singapore.

However, I wish to highlight matters pertaining to those tickets, which are now printed on better quality material, bought on match days at the game venues.

After a few rounds of matches, it is regrettable tickets purchased over the counter not longer detailed those match information except these words, as shown in the picture below.

The "22/7/18" match saw Albirex Niigata (S) clinched the SGPL title

No one seems to be able to give an answer when I asked causally why the changes were made.

As one may never know these ticket stubs, which were usually discarded by many after games, may be an important testament to something significant that happened during that particular match.

I, myself, still have those match ticket stubs that witnessed some of the significant moments of the S.League which I detailed in this old entry back in June 2010.

Fast forward to the year 2014 on 31st October at the Jalan Besar Stadium, I bought a ticket (below) which I requested Aleksandar Duric to sign on it as it was his last game as a professional football player.

The hosting club only stamped the date of the match on this ticket stub

In fact, ticket stubs from some of the most famous matches played are now highly sought-after collectibles, such as the 1930 World Cup final match between Uruguay and Argentina and Pele's last game for New York Cosmos against Santos in 1977 is now worth US$425 (face value US$6).

In the past, I used to receive emails from one particular collector from Belgium requesting used match tickets from games featuring Singapore national teams.

For someone who may be a ticket collector, it is important to have those details of those matches and I hope the league authority will reinstate the printing of the essential information on those stubs in the coming season.

If not, one would have to write the details on those stubs for recording purposes on their own - a move that might cast doubt of its authenticity years down the road since it was handwritten and unpresentable too.

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