We have got used to some crazy prices in the Premier League but a bit of common sense has genrally broken out when it comes to cup tickets.

With hard times for everybody and weakened teams the norm, most clubs have seen sense and brought prices down to relieve the pressure on fans, especially those who feel they cannot miss any match, so choice doesn’t come into it.

When it was announced that our Capital One Cup trip to Old Trafford was going to be £45 a ticket I thought it was a misprint! Arsenal are charging as little as £10 for adult tickets and even Chelsea are ‘only’ pricing their home tie at £25.

I thought surely Newcastle United are going to be protesting on our (the fans) behalf but then a friend of mine got in touch after contacting the football league to find out who had been responsible for the shocking £45 price tag….

This was the reply from the Football League;

David,
Thank you for your email. 

I reference to Capital One Cup regulation 22.1, “Immediately after the draw is known the two clubs concerned must mutually agree the prices. All questions in dispute must be immediately referred to the Management Committee for settlement”.

To that end both clubs agree on the set prices for the fixture. Should you wish to query the prices that have been agreed then we would suggest you contact either of the clubs involved in the tie. Should you have aquery about the cup in general then please email this address [email protected]

Thank you for contacting the football league.
Regards
Andrew Pomfret
Customer Services Officer 
The Football League Limited 

So my understanding is that if NUFC had complained on our behalf then after looking at what other clubs are charging, I assume that the Management Committee would have been obliged to reduce the ticket prices if Newcastle hadn’t agreed to them.

I would have been great to see a massive old style turnout at Old Trafford but greed has put paid to that.

I feel sorry for our hardcore fans who never miss a match and will end up paying that price for what could be two teams of reserves. One word for everybody involved in this decision – Shameless!