Disappointing news today, with Newcastle United refusing to take up the full allocation of tickets for the match at Chelsea in a month’s time.

When Newcastle play at Stamford Bridge, instead of around 3,000 fans supporting the players, there will only be approximately 1,500 backing the team in the ‘relegation six pointer’.

Chelsea revealing that Newcastle chose to only take half the allocation they are entitled to.

Official Chelsea Statement 20 January 2016

‘Newcastle tickets back on sale

Tickets for our game against Newcastle on Saturday 13 February are now back on sale to members and season ticket holders as our visitors have opted to only take half of their permitted allocation.’

It really really annoys me. It is like Arsenal every season, why do they only take 2,000 tickets instead of the 3,000 Newcastle are entitled to?

Just like so many things under Mike Ashley, everything is short-term at Newcastle United.

Seeing it as just a hassle to sell tickets to our own fans to travel away because the club/Ashley make no money from it, apart from the £1 surcharge NUFC charge our own fans on every away ticket!

Forcing people to buy a £35 membership before they are even allowed to buy a single away ticket.

When Wimbledon were homeless and playing at the likes of Selhurst Park, Newcastle would have in excess of 10,000 fans at the game.

Newcastle United have a massive fanbase in the south, numbering tens and tens of thousands.

How are the club going to retain the support, never mind grow it, if they refuse to allow/encourage the maximum number of supporters to go and watch the team?

Yes the tickets for Chelsea are stupidly expensive £55 and £52 (£23.50 for OAPS and Under 20s) but for our fans down south it is (should be!) a rare chance to watch the team, plus of course they will generally earn more than the average Tyneside based Newcastle supporters, with better paid jobs the main reason they are living down there.

I refuse to believe that we couldn’t easily sell 3,000 tickets for both Arsenal and Chelsea, or indeed any other match down there, if all Newcastle fans had access to them.

I have loads of friends and family who would snap up tickets for games in the south if they were available and it is just sad and embarrassing when we now have the likes of Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal fans laughing at our levels of away support, when they all now bring 3,000 up to Newcastle for pretty much every Premier League match.

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