After last season’s undoubted success I found myself looking forward to the release of the forthcoming season’s fixtures with more anticipation than in any of the past few seasons, since the Sir Bobby Robson era in all truth.
After looking through the fixtures and wondering where we could finish this season, I started trying to plan my first away trip.
If you take the first three months of the season our away matches are Chelsea, Everton and Sunderland (taking Reading out of the equation). In the 2011-2012 season, those away matches sold out very quickly, (despite the extortionate pricing of the Chelsea game) mainly due to the low allocation Newcastle chose to take for those games.
So, why are we getting fewer and fewer tickets for away matches? Well, fear of losing money it seems. To highlight this we chose to take an allocation of 1,800 for Old Trafford last season and only 1,700 for The Etihad Stadium. Yet in the Carling Cup game away to Blackburn Rovers on a Wednesday night at the end of October, we took between 4 and 5 thousand. Well, as many of you will know, Newcastle do not have to pay for any unsold cup tickets, the league however is a different matter.
Many supporters this season will be disappointed at not being able to get to as many away games as they would like to.
Surely there is some way the club can come up with a better way of calculating the amount of tickets they could sell for any given away game. To be fair it isn’t that hard, are we going to sell five thousand for Southampton away? Probably not, could we for Everton, Manchester United, or even Wigan? Yes, we probably would do.