Newcastle supporters waiting for news on Sheffield Wednesday away tickets got an update on Friday afternoon.

However, there were a couple of unpleasant surprises.

The match has been given the top rating by the South Yorkshire club and that means Newcastle fans will have to pay a shocking £42 per adult ticket.

This is even more than they charged when Sheffield Wednesday played their local derby against Leeds.

Most neutrals wouldn’t have expected Newcastle supporters to face this extra tax on their support.

What is even worse, is that whilst the likes of Leeds were allocated 3,100 tickets initially and then 1,400 more if they wanted them, Newcastle have been given a ridiculous allocation of 2,350.

The tickets go on sale on Monday to Newcastle season ticket holders with 100 loyalty points or more.

As for the explanation on the very low allocation, the club have followed up their initial announcement (see below) and have confirmed that South Yorkshire Police have intervened and insisted on almost halving the allocation that Newcastle United should have got.

All very strange when you would assume policing Sheffield Wednesday v Newcastle United would surely be expected to be no more troublesome than the Yorkshire derby against Leeds.

Newcastle United announcement on Sheffield Wednesday tickets:

‘Tickets for next month’s game at Sheffield Wednesday go on sale on Monday.

United travel to Hillsborough on Saturday, 8th April for a 5.30pm kick-off against the promotion-chasing Owls.

The Magpies have so far been given a maximum allocation of 2,350 tickets and season ticket holders with 100 or more away loyalty points can secure seats from 10am.

Tickets are priced at:

£42 for adults

£32 for over-65s and under-21s

£15 for under-17s

£10 for under-11s

£5 for under-fives.

Any supporters under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.’

The ticket prices Leeds fans paid at Sheffield Wednesday earlier this season:

£39 adults

£29 senior citizens 65+ and under 21’s

£15 under 17’s

£10 under 11’s

£5 under 5’s