More good news for Newcastle fans.
No Championship club took more supporters away from home than Newcastle United and now they are going to be doubly rewarded.
As well as watching Premier League football next (2017/18), Newcastle fans will actually pay less to watch it!
Newcastle fans have had to pay up to £37 at Leeds, £35 at Norwich and Aston Villa, £37.50 when watching their team lose at Ipswich, as well as a really ridiculous £42 to see defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.
However, as from August the travelling black and whites will pay no more than £30 for a ticket.
That price ceiling for away fans runs for the length of the current TV deal, meaning that the current (2016/17) season and the next two, will see no away fan in the top tier paying more than £30 for an away match.
So whether it is Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea or…Burnley, £30 would be the most you have to pay away from home in the next season (two hopefully!).
The FSF (Football Supporters Federation) has run a lengthy campaign calling for an away price tag of no more than £20 (Twenty’s Plenty) and the Premier League finally relented up to a point.
With that latest TV deal kicking in this season and every PL club getting tens of millions extra, even they were embarrassed enough to agree this small concession.
The £30 maximum price will also apply to Wembley, with Spurs confirming in recent days that they will be playing all home game sat the national stadium next season.
As for Championship clubs, with only a pittance from TV (unless you are getting parachute payments…) they are very reliant on the money generated through the turnstiles as they try to get to the promised land.
With the Premier League TV funds meaning gate receipts are almost irrelevant for some clubs once they get there, such as Bournemouth.
As for Newcastle United, when mentioning ticket prices around the Championship you can hardly say our own club has clean hands – for example Barnsley fans are paying £32 on Sunday for a second tier match.
There has been talk of Premier League clubs eventually meeting that £20 maximum away price target and indeed a one-off recently happened where all the clubs charged that price for away fans one weekend.
With the next TV deal very likely to see another major hike in income, there really is no excuse for this £20 maximum not to happen for all away fans in the top tier, or indeed home supporters…