Just thinking about this weekend's match. I can't go for work reasons and I have a season ticket, but this post concerns the floating, casual sort of fan who is not allowed to make his mind up on a Saturday afternoon about whether to attend a match. I wonder if the day will ever come when we can drop this "no ticket sales/no pay on the day nonsense". What a shame that the idea of deciding to go to the match (maybe at 2pm on a Saturday, while having a drink) has disappeared for these high profile matches. I bet there will be loads of people in town late Saturday morning with their mates who have tickets thinking "Hmm, wouldn't mind carrying on the afternoon down at Oakwell. Why not - they might even beat Wednesday for a change. Right, come on, let's get down there!!" It's a simple, perhaps old fashioned scenario; mates sticking together, making a late decision to go. But no - it's not allowed. Of all the bad things about football in this modern world, that must be one of the worst. Security/crowd safety considerations over-rule everything else. I'm not for one minute saying that safety is not important but surely it would not be beyond the wit of a football club to say "Ok, come to the turnstiles and hand over your cash, but you better have some kind of id with you (preferably showing your address)". I know that proves nothing really but at least it would be something in place to make trouble makers think twice, and it would certainly give the last minute waiverers a chance to change their minds and get down to the match after all. Not everyone is able to, or even willing, to organise their life in advance. Why should they, and the club, be penalised for that? I suppose there will be around 15-16,000 there on Saturday but that figure could increase to 16 or 17,000 if pay on the day was allowed. I KNOW this might tempt some idiots from Sheffield to get into the home ends but there is a simple answer to that. The first bit of trouble/intimidation/risk of disruption then get them out of their seats and down the steps immediately. What you do with them then is up to the ground security staff. Just leaving them to shout the odds and potentially cause trouble would be just stupid and is easily avoidable. Too simplistic? Too outrageous to suggest that it's ok for police decisions to interfere in the running of a well-established business? It's bad enough being forced to kick off at 1215, but excluding people without pre-bought tickets is just STUPID.