Newcastle fans who travel to support the team have already had a nasty trio of surprises when it comes to away tickets in the coming season.
The Football Supporters Federation (FSF) ‘Twenty’s Plenty’ campaign for away tickets has obviously not had much effect where those in black and white dare to tread.
The FSF campaign is to try and encourage/embarrass Premier League clubs into making all away tickets a maximum of £20 each, to help make football affordable and retain that special part of English football that sees the travelling supporters help to make an atmosphere.
With the ever increasing fortunes flowing into football, especially through the TV deals, there really is no excuse for the prices charged – apart from of course maximising profits.
Last season Newcastle fans could buy adult tickets for the following matches at these prices:
£25 Swansea City
£35 Manchester United
£15 West Brom
Prices for all three have been revealed for the coming 2015/16 season and the minimum prices for adult Newcastle supporters are:
£35 Swansea City
£45 Manchester United
£39 West Brom
Home and away last season saw an agreement reached between Swansea City and Newcastle whereby £25 would be charged for away fans, whilst the away fans fund was also used to cut £10 off the price of the £45 tickets for Old Trafford.
Swansea and Man Utd are the first two away matches and fans (members) can apply for tickets but West Brom isn’t until December 28.
Despite this, Newcastle fans already know that they will be charged £39 instead of last season’s £15 (again an agreement between the two clubs).
West Brom have moved the Newcastle match into the top priced category (along with Liverpool, Manchester United etc) because the game falls on a bank holiday between Christmas and New Year, with the Baggies obviously confident they’ll fill the ground at the high price, with both home and away fans paying a higher price.
Those three matches alone will see Newcastle fans paying £119 instead of last season’s £75 for the trio of matches, a full £44 more.
It surely is a massive tribute to the dedication of Newcastle (and other clubs’) fans that in these harsh economic times, there are still so many supporters travelling home and away.
The away fans fund was launched by the Premier League with the intention of halting a decline in the number of fans travelling away to matches.
The money came from the 3 year Premier League TV deal that came into effect for the 2013/14 season and saw £200,000 for each of three seasons (13/14, 14/15, 15/16) given to each Premier League club. The money to be spent as each individual club decided, just so long as it encouraged more away supporters (though this could include paying for improvements on away fan facilities at your own stadium!).
Surely the simple and decent thing, especially with the next TV deal (comes into effect for 2016/17) handing tens of millions to every club, is for all teh clubs to agree to the Twenty’s plenty deal and have no away fans pay more than £20 for a ticket.
Whilst we are at it, why not go the whole way and have every fan, home or away, pay no more than £20?
The money is more than there to fund it, only the commitment from clubs is missing.