Newcastle United have had an unexpected £1.2m windfall and are being urged to use it to help reduce ticket prices.
The bonus £1.2m has fallen into the laps of every Premier League club due to Norwich City bouncing back into the Premier League.
Their promotion means that a £24m parachute payment that they were due to receive thanks to their 2013/14 relegation, has instead been split between the 20 Premier League clubs, including themselves.
The Football Supporters Federation (FSF) and many supporter groups around the country, would like to see this windfall used to help make the FSF’s ‘Twenty’s Plenty’ campaign a reality.
The idea of all away fans only paying maximum ticker prices of £20 for a Premier League match would be more than covered by this extra cash.
Some clubs have been proactive, with Swansea City committed to a scheme already this season that means their fans pay a maximum of £22 for an away ticket when travelling to support the Swans.
With the massive increase coming up this summer in terms of TV deals, there really is no excuse for supporters not to at last benefit, especially those travelling the length of the country to support their team AND provide the atmosphere that helps to generate those TV deals.
This was brought even more into the spotlight when it was revealed that in the last year agents had received £129m in fees from Premier League clubs, an increase of £15m from the year before.