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Mike Ashley Short-Changes Newcastle United Away Fans

8 years ago

A crucial match today against Queens Park Rangers, a game that could decide Newcastle United’s season…and future.

An occasion like this means the team needs the backing of every possible fan the club can get into the stadium.

To the eternal shame of those running Newcastle United at the moment, their ridiculous policy on away tickets means that the team will only have the backing of 1,600 fans.

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A match that could cost Newcastle their Premier League place and tens of millions of pounds minimum if the drop happened and yet they are so short-sighted as to not take the full allocation, unbelievable. As a comparison, Arsenal had 2,987 supporters for their match at Loftus Road last week…and won the match.

Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias argue that it is unfair clubs are charged for any unsold tickets if they take a bigger allocation. Whether that is right or wrong, the net effect is that Newcastle have gone from being one of the best supported teams on the road, to a laughing stock.

The whole thing is a total joke and anybody who used to go to watch Newcastle when they played Wimbledon in London at venues such as Selhurst Park, will well remember the incredible backing of up to around ten thousand away fans. Most of these were of course ex-pats living in the south and they knew this was the one match they could definitely get into. Many of them taking the opportunity to take their kids for the first time and the majority of them (the kids) proudly wearing a clearly new replica shirt etc.

Now though, to even stand a chance of getting tickets, an ex-pat would need to join the NUFC membership scheme even if they only wanted to go to one match! So a parent and child would have to fork out £50 (2 x memberships) before even getting to buy the actual tickets (plus the extra £1 a ticket surcharge that NUFC charge their own fans for the privilege of selling them an away ticket).

So we rely on our 1,600 representatives on the terraces to do the business as well as the eleven on the pitch, let’s hope it is enough.

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