Why I Am Ashamed To Be A Newcastle United Fan
I was very interested to read earlier on here that Stoke City are putting some of the extra mega-TV money to the benefit of their supporters, giving every fan who wants it FREE coach travel to away matches.
This follows on from something I read on the site the other day where Swansea are playing a friendly at Exeter and have insisted the home club keep all gate receipts to help them with their financial struggles.
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It must be great to support a club that make you proud, doing things that they don’t have to do but which they choose to do because they want to…plus of course they get the free feel-good publicity when this information is repeated every, such as here!
I feel ashamed when I think of our club.
As Stoke City pay for their fans to travel away with free coaches, Newcastle United do everything they can to stop our fans travelling and supporting the team, while at the same time trying to MAKE money out of the fans who make that extra effort to give backing to the team all over the country.
You quite literally couldn’t make it up.
To go and watch any Newcastle away match (and sit in the United section) you have to become a member to buy a ticket, so unless you are a season ticket holder (which gives you automatic membership) already, you have to pay around £30 to become a member and then pay for a ticket.
(The insistence on membership was done on the back of hundreds of kids running onto the pitch at a Darlington friendly, the club claiming that making fans be members would bring more accountability, if that was the case then nothing to stop there been a a nominal (or no fee) charge to register as an away traveller, would there?!)
So say for example you are a Geordie exile in deepest East Anglia and you and your son/daughter/wife/husband wanted to go to and support Newcastle at Norwich last season, which might be your only chance to get to a match –
You would have had to pay for two memberships (2 x £30) and two tickets (2 x £45), so that is £150 to go to one match before you have bought a pie, programme or whatever.
Actually that is incorrect, it would have cost you £152 because shockingly, our club charges its own fans a £1 surcharge on every away ticket they buy! So that would be £76 each to support Newcastle at one match.
Of course finding the £152 to get a couple of tickets might be the least of your worries because in another appalling short-sighted move, Mike Ashley has insisted that not a penny can be risked when it comes to the fans.
Newcastle United were at one time famed for the massive travelling support and now we are laughed at by almost every other team’s support. Mike Ashley refuses to take full allocations of tickets for nearly every Premier League away match because if you take the full allocation then if some are left unsold you may have to cover that cost to the other club.
So on trips to the likes of Arsenal, Newcastle now never take more than 2,000 tickets. Years ago you’d have more than 10,000 turn up to watch us play against Wimbledon at whatever ground they happened to be at…and you are telling me we couldn’t get more than 2,000 to go to the Emirates?
Our club is a joke with no integrity and the fans deserve so much better. One day.
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