Many of you will have tried to get Newcastle v Sunderland tickets when they went on sale on Tuesday, members snapping up non-season ticket seats within hours.

You are never going to be able to satisfy all Newcastle fans because for the derby demand will always exceed supply.

However, what happened straight afterwards leaves an especially nasty taste in the mouth, particularly if you didn’t get a ticket..

newcastle v sunderland ticketsA link on the Newcastle United official website stated;

‘If you have a ticket but can’t make the game, you can sell your seat to another fan on viagogo, the official ticket marketplace of Newcastle United.

Don’t let your seat go to waste. Give another supporter the chance to see the game live if you can’t be there.’

The rules of using the club’s ticket partner, viagogo, state ‘You can list your seat at or above match day price’.

What this means is that you aren’t allowed to charge less than match day price, you have to charge match day price or MORE!!!

So within minutes of the Newcastle v Sunderland match selling out, tickets were on sale at (the Newcastle United approved) viagogo as follows;

Leazes End £120 (£100 + £20 viagogo fees)

Gallowgate End £161.30 (£135 + £26.30 viagogo fees)

East Stand £179 (£150 + £29 viagogo fees)

Milburn Stand £200.24 (£168 + £32.24 viagogo fees)

Basically, if you had a spare ticket and tried to sell it outside St.James’ Park at face value you would very likely get nicked.

However, by using this NUFC approved company you can sell your season ticket for 4 or 5 times face value and due to a loophole it is ‘legal’, although clearly immoral for the vast majority of fans.

I know many other clubs use viagogo or similar companies but that does not make it right.

This is ticket touting on a sickening scale and everybody involved should be ashamed of themselves, including/especially those fans who are ripping off fellow supporters.

18 comments
Harry Todd
Harry Todd

We all no he is out of his depth just like Shearer was when he was appointed caretaker manager but we are stuck with him till the end of the season so lets get on with it and support the team and chew the fat in the Summer.

Brown Bottle
Brown Bottle

He's straight out of the Sam Allardici, Pardew play-book. Excessive self-aggrandisement especially when it's completely unwarranted and shifting the blame onto the players when their tactics fail yet again.  

Classic muppet management and hated by all who love the game.

MickWatson
MickWatson

The editors removed a swear word from that last sentence

Toonarden
Toonarden

The letter was good but should have ended after "Please go John". The following six words  weren't necessary.

A lex
A lex

Exactly. All that effort in the letter, then he goes and gives him a ready made excuse righ at the end. Hopeless!

GToon
GToon

Why does he think he is hard? Thats just silly. He's an old bloke who would get brayed by the kids hanging outside my local shop!!! I do feel sorry for him as he was the last choice for the poisoned chalice but he obviously isnt up to the job. Shame for everybody really. Apart from Ashley of course. I can put up with his current role as long as he doesnt suggest extending it come the end of the season,  

1957
1957

I wish 'Geordie' John could do what one of his mentors, Ruud Gullit, did and resign. For all his faults Ruud knew he had made mistakes and could see the writing on the wall and had enough personal honour to resign, I respect him for that.

In Carver's case it won't happen though. John it seems has one thing in common with most football managers/coaches they don't resign, they have to be prised out of the job no matter how bad they are. He must realise that he won't get the job, even in the bizarre world of Ashley such miracles don't happen. I suspect that despite his record of positivity, motivation of players, being a Geordie and having worked with Sir Bob John wont even see out his remaining contract

GToon
GToon

@1957 Who would we get then? That would be funny!! Wanted - person with no control of football team to stand on pitch side for 4 games. 

Brown Bottle
Brown Bottle

@1957 ....Where's the evidence he worked with Sir Bob ?  I've never seen any. 

I see evidence of Mourhino & Vila-Boas having worked with Sir Bob but that's it.

truemagpie
truemagpie

does anyone has his number? he said that he would talk to anyone who wants to talk to him. don't woory, i will talk with my clenched fists.

cwtoon88
cwtoon88

Sorry but in what ways has he shown he is a decent hardworking man? because he is from up here?


A decent bloke doesn't try and start fights with his customers and F and blind at them and as for hardworking our side hasnt looked like its done anything on the training pitch for a long time despite his protestations


Also how does Lying make him a decent man?

amacdee
amacdee

Without delving into the obvious 6 years remaining on his contract, Carver does as he's told and Fatman is the one who tells him. While I perfectly understand the points raised in your article I'm now inclined to believe that relegation should be the answer to Fatman's indifference towards the club. 


It'll finally help push the "faithful" out of their comfortable seats and get them to react rather than sit on their hands. What Fatman needs to understand is that NUFC's fans will not make it as easy for him to trample all over them in the future. We've been subservient for far too long.

kestrelbite
kestrelbite

Can't take Mick Watson seriously after his first article in which he blamed the 'ignorant' fans for hounding out Pardew. But you'd do the same to Carver now presumably? Or perhaps you've just come to realise that Pardew, Carver, Ashley - all of them - are the problem. Who knows, I'm pretty ignorant.

MickWatson
MickWatson

Pardew's record speaks for itself, Palace are flying, despite yesterday's result.

Carver on the other hand has no record. He should never have gotten the job.

Ollie Burtons Grandad
Ollie Burtons Grandad

Pardew is a one season wonder. I guess you must have been in a coma since we finished 5th and missed a few years. Let's look at his record then.

West Ham Sacked. Charlton sacked. Southampton sacked; totally astounding record indeed. You Terry F*ckwitt then?

Brown Bottle
Brown Bottle

@MickWatson ...it sure does speak for itself. Apart from the dead-cat bounce he manages at all the clubs he's worked, he's a minger.

mickg
mickg

Don't know what all the fuss is about. We've been told that we have "experience" coming back in the shape of Dummett.

Should solve everything .........