If you could meet the above criteria you were eligible for purchase in regard to games from Aug - Dec.
In Nov the club released the second half of the season games and you needed to have a minimum of 7 from last season plus 5 from the current season.
If you could not meet the requirements you had to wait until a second members sale, only a few days later, where the criteria had dropped to 3 and 3.
If you could still not meet that then you had to wait to see if any tickets went to general sale (for which they did) or had to wait until late availability tickets (from returns) went on sale, for which happens also.
The club reward loyalty by offering tickets to those first who go the most.
With regard to cup games season ticket holders are able to tick the 'auto cup' scheme as are members, meaning they get automatic allocation for cup games.
It stops every man and his dog just trying to buy Liverpool v Man Utd and Liverpool v Everton tickets twice a year.
Rewarding loyalty is a fantastic way of ensuring those who make the effort to go all the time are able to see the best games, not having to queue or battle against occasional attendees.
When I first got a fancard i was only able to buy 3 tickets per season, over the years loyalty has been rewarded so now due to previous attendances when a ticket comes out now I am eligible to apply straight away.
The opening criteria for next season (league) will be a minimum attendance to 13 home (league) games from this current season. Both me and my son will be eligible straight away , and I feel that is right as the total cost for tickets I will have paid over the season is just over £800, factor in petrol there and back £40 for a full tank x 19 games which gives a grand total of almost £1600.
Surely you can't argue that someone who just wants to go to 2 or 3 games a year should have the same rights to purchase as someone who consistently goes to 17 - 19 games per season..?