Fair to say that pretty much all United fans were looking at Newcastle v Barnsley as simply a day of celebration.
A noon kick-off on Sunday 7 May perfect timing for hopefully a win to round off the season, a lap of honour for the promotion heroes, then a hard day and night of celebration in the fine public houses of our fair city.
All home tickets were quickly sold out in anticipation of the above but recently the team have been showing indications of wanting to do it the hard way.
Please no, we just want that Sunday to be a day to look forward to, not to have anything resting on it.
Barnsley have now released details of their away ticket allocation for that final match of the season and they start selling the tickets tomorrow (Thursday 20 April).
They have revealed that their initial allocation is 1,706 tickets, with the possibility of more depending on how quickly the initial supply goes.
Clearly a cut-off date must have been agreed between the two clubs and then a decision will be made as to whether the extra tickets will be made available to Newcastle fans, which would be sure to be instantly snapped up.
That initial 1,706 allocation is around 1,500 under the maximum away fans allowed, though with the need for segregation it would remain to be seen how many would potentially be made available to home fans.
Barnsley Official Announcement on Newcastle away tickets:
‘Newcastle United Sunday 7th May kick off 12pm – Sale Dates and Prices.
Thursday 20th April – 16/17 Season Ticket holders with 6+ away games.
Friday 21st April – 16/17 Season Ticket holders with 4+ away games.
Monday 24th April – 16/17 Season Ticket holders (no away games required)
Thursday 27th April – Flexi Members, Centenary Lotto Members (in store only) and non-season ticket holders who have been to 6+ away games.
Tuesday 2nd May – General Sale to those who have a checkable booking history. There will be no sales to people who have never purchased Barnsley FC tickets before.
We have been given an initial allocation of 1,706 tickets. A further allocation is available from Newcastle if the original allocation is sold quickly.
Senior Over 65 £26
Full Time Students £16
Juvenile Under 18 £16
Notes from Newcastle United – All fans under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Fans under 13 who cannot identify a chaperone will be denied entry to the game.’