Newcastle fans are facing a £24 increase in ticket prices when they visit West Brom this coming season.

United visit The Hawthorns on Monday 28 December and adults will be charged £39 a ticket.

Last season both clubs used some of their Away Fans Fund(***) cash to decrease prices, with adults paying only £15 and concessions £5.

West Brom announced their home ticket prices today and clubs were divided into two categories.

Newcastle are one of nine clubs to be given Category A status, alongside the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool.

Whilst Sunderland were amongst the ten clubs to be put in Category B, with adult tickets £14 cheaper for those games.

(***The Away Fans Fund is a Premier League initiative to try and stimulate interest in terms of increasing the number of fans travelling to away matches. £12m was set aside when the last TV deal came into being for the 2013/14 season.

Every Premier League club receiving £200,000 per season for three years, with the clubs having the right to choose whether it was spent on reducing ticket prices, cheap/free transport for certain matches, or any other alternative schemes.)

By including Newcastle in the top priced category, it would definitely appear to rule out any chance of the game being then included once more as a reciprocal priced match.

No doubt the timing of the match in the festive period will have played a part in the decision….an early Christmas present for Newcastle’s away fans!

West Brom Official Statement

There will be nine Category A games, priced at £39 for adults, £29 Seniors (60-year-olds plus), £25 for U21s and students, and £15 for Juniors and Disabled fans.

The rest are classed as Category B matches.

Prices for those games are £25 adults (Birmingham Road and Smethwick End) and £27 for adults in the West Stand Wings/East Stand.

Category B prices for Seniors are £21 (West Stand Wings/East Stand) and £20 for the Birmingham Road and Smethwick End. Under 21s/Juniors are £16 for the West Stand Wings/East Stand and £15 for the Birmingham Road and Smethwick End. Juniors and Disabled tickets are £10.

The Category A fixtures are: Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Stoke and Tottenham Hotspur.

The Category B games are: Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Everton, Leicester City, Norwich City, Southampton, Sunderland, Swansea, Watford and West Ham United