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Newcastle United To Tax Their Travelling Fans

8 years ago

Newcastle United will be charging their own supporters extra money on every away ticket that they sell this coming season.

The club will add an extra £1 administration charge onto the price of your away ticket, a move that hits the fans who are the very lifeblood of the club.

While the amount of money is small, I find it totally unacceptable that NUFC will charge the people who are prepared to support their team around the country an extra £20+ over the course of the year.

Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias have long held the view that the cost of selling away tickets should be borne by the other club and indeed Llambias made this clear to supporters at a meeting a few years ago. This of course ignores the fact that it works both ways and when Liverpool, Southampton, Mackem fans are travelling to St.James’ Park this season, their clubs will have carried out the admin work to Newcastle’s benefit.

Some of you will no doubt be saying ‘why are you moaning, look at the league table’ but that is not the point. Of course Alan Pardew is doing a great job and it’s great to see a set of players playing their hearts out under a wage structure which most fans see as a progressive way forward, as opposed to the the mad transfer ‘strategy’ and wages of the past. Credit for much of that must filter up to those running the club as well.

However, we would be letting ourselves and you down, if we didn’t make comment on this. It is a petty and crass move by Newcastle United and one that will save a relative pittance, though create extra expense for the hardcore fans.

The tradition of large away followings has set English football apart from many rival leagues, creating the atmosphere that neutrals around the world really buy into.

Newcastle United had already made fans pay to become members if they wanted to travel away and weren’t season ticket holders, which combined with slashing the number of tickets they were prepared to try and sell, has led to Newcastle’s away support to be seen as a bit of a joke by many rival fans last season.

Many traditions fall by the wayside but Newcastle’s away support is one that we should always be proud of and do everything to encourage.

In these times of austerity, having Chelsea charge a criminal £55 for an away ticket is bad enough, without your own club adding their bit on top as well.

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