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.

15 comments
jD Sports
jD Sports

So in hindsight, was Ashley's decision to sell Carroll a good one?


Michael Maximus Moose
Michael Maximus Moose

People seem to forget the Shearer was out for 6 months at Blackburn & nearly a Full season at the Toon,

He was Andys age & then had no more serious injuries

mentalman
mentalman

When Carroll allegedly fell off the bar stool and injured himself just before we sold him I was told by a physio that the injury he suffered would ruin his career and medical staff told the club this and that was a factor in the sale (obviously there was 36 million others to) looks like the physio was right.

As others have said I'd take him but there would need to be clauses in his contract about pay as play or only paying a percentage of his wage when he's injured

It'd all depend how desperate he is to come back

NufcToon
NufcToon

Should be claiming incapacity benefit he's that much of a crock

The Adelphi
The Adelphi

For Andy Carroll read Duncan Ferguson. The similarities are uncanny in every sense of the word. Enough said in my opinion

stepaylor
stepaylor

great player when fit but nobody surely would take that much of a gamble on him again. On his day is worth the money five times over but on his day is less than ten times a season. Its a shame because i would love to see him leading the line for us again. he is obviously a good player and a toon fan but would have to let the head rule the heart on this one

Conman
Conman

In hindsight, we were lucky to offload him and get the money.

Why would anyone buy him now. Big wages and very injury prone.

Jarra MIck
Jarra MIck

Conman what was that? WE were lucky to get the money! I didn't see any of it did you? nor did the club it went straight in tubby's Sky rocket. Having said that Ashley would be a fool to risk buying Carroll and he's many things but not a fool when it comes to the green folding stuff.

Larry Adler
Larry Adler

Ashley wouldn't pay £95,000 per week wages for messi, never mind crock Carroll. I wouldn't go anywhere near him.

Paul Patterson
Paul Patterson

I would be mortified if went anywhere near him.

It was probably the best business ever done in the transfer market and I don't want the crock at the club anyway.

1957
1957

He was injured when he left us and seems to have spent most of the time since injured.

We can't afford to buy another player with an injury record like Michael Owen or as unfortunate as some of his problems have been Siem de Jong. In a club where austerity isn't the driving force it might be ok but not here.

toonfifer
toonfifer

I would have him back in a heartbeat.


£6 Million and put him on a pay as you play contract with a goal bonus. 


On his day he is unplayable and an ideal partner with Perez feeding off the knock ons and De Jong playing the Nolan role.


Get Andros Townsend on the other side with Colback and Veretout in a 4-2-3-1 formation

stepaylor
stepaylor

@toonfifer yes but im not sure he would agree to a pay as you play contract, would be great though

NicholasDryden
NicholasDryden

thank god, 1 reason is enough, like saylor he is a perma-crock.