Rotherham United have revealed that Newcastle United have been in touch to ask for special arrangements to stop extra Newcastle fans going to the match (Saturday 1 October).
Rotherham say that Newcastle have told them that the away end will quickly sell out and that action needed to be taken to stop extra supporters buying tickets for the home areas.
Tickets will initially go on sale tomorrow (Monday 22 August) to season ticket holders and others who have a recorded history of buying tickets for previous Rotherham games.
However, when tickets go on sale to the general public in Monday 19 September, Rotherham fans without a recorded history of previously buying tickets, will have to produce a utility bill and photo ID.
On top of that there is an extra layer of protection, with Rotherham revealing that they will provide Newcastle with details of any new fans buying tickets when they go on general sale, so that Newcastle United can then cross reference them with fans on their own database.
Any names that show up on both will then find that when they turn up at the turnstiles the tickets will have been cancelled.
The words ‘Top’, ‘The’ and ‘Over’, can be rearranged to sum up these ticket sale preparations.
Surely the priority should be Rotherham filling their ground and fair enough seeing how many tickets they can sell to their own fans first but why not don’t they not allow sales in a certain additional area which could be given to Newcastle to increase their allocation, IF Rotherham can’t sell them to their own supporters.
In the past (such as Villa away last season), the most frustrating thing is to turn up at an away ground that is half empty, when you know that thousands of Newcastle fans would have happily paid to get one.
Official Rotherham United Announcement:
‘Tickets for the Millers’ Sky Bet Championship game against the Magpies are set to go on sale at 9am Monday 22nd August to supporters who have a purchase history with us which includes season ticket holders.
Tickets will go on general sale at 9am Monday 19th September subject to availability.
Restrictions have been placed on this fixture due to Newcastle United advising the club that the away end will sell out, and to stop away supporters purchasing tickets in the home area of the ground.
When the tickets go on general sale, any supporters who have not purchased tickets with Rotherham United before will need to provide us with a recent utility bill and photographic ID before purchasing tickets.
Any visiting supporters found in home areas will be ejected from the stadium for breaching Ground Regulations.
Any home fans purchasing tickets in the home areas of the stadium for away supporters may face further action from Rotherham United Football Club, and we would ask everyone to bear this in mind when buying extra tickets.
The club will be communicating with Newcastle United FC to cross reference any new supporters who have purchased tickets in the home end to make sure that they are not away supporters.
Should the club find that any away supporters have purchased tickets in the home areas of the ground, these tickets will be cancelled and will not work with the automated turnstile system.
The club would like to thank supporters for their understanding and co-operation as we prepare for this exciting fixture.
There is a limit of five tickets per supporter for this fixture as with any other fixtures at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.’