I cancelled my season ticket for next (2014/15) season, I did this at the end of January in disgust at what is being done to my/our club by the owner Mike Ashley.
The February payment was the twelfth and last one of my direct debits for the current (2013/14) season and that was it, or so I thought.
Some 3 whole weeks after cancelling for next season I have received a copy of the letter to fans below, which starts;
I was straight up the club this morning as I don’t trust them (Ashley etc) one bit, although I actually feel sorry for the staff having to do all his dirty work and put up with a llot of the anger caused by his running of the club.
The person I spoke to explained that everybody had got this letter whether they’d renewed or not, which just about sums up the mickey mouse way Ashley runs the club. Probably the person capable of deleting names from the season ticket list got made redundant in the latest round of cuts!
In the letter it refers to Newcastle ‘sitting 9th in the Premier League‘, it was only on February 11 that Southampton won and pushed United down to 9th, so that is at least two weeks since I cancelled and they still haven’t bothered/weren’t capable of removing me from their list.
It gets better (or is that worse?), loads of my mates have tried to cancel since I did, some have been successful after not being browbeaten by the ticket office staff, who are obviously going to be shot at dawn if X number of fans successfully cancel.
There are still a canny few in dispute with the club and the ticket office insisting they can’t cancel, even though the payments don’t start until next month, the ticket office claiming that the deadline was 31st January. Which looks like an absolute load of rubbish as when my mates (and me) started the ten year deal the date we were given for cancellation was 28th February and we have never ever had a change of that date despite a few seasons having gone by.
So my mates who are still in dispute are furious at getting this letter which is telling them how great everything is and what great value their season tickets are….especially when they don’t bloody want them!
An extra laugh is given by the fact that while thousands of fans are battling to get themselves out of this direct debit trap set by Ashley, the letter also says that they are adding an EXTRA(!!) three years onto the scheme. My mates aren’t impressed and if this is something that Ashley thinks will make disgruntled/trapped season tickets reconsider, then he’d better think again.
It sums up Mike Ashley, he thinks making things cheap(er) will buy off people but what we all want isn’t ‘cheap’, what we want is value for money.
An ambitious club, owner and fans who will all dig deep to make Newcastle United the best it can be, past times have shown that when the fans believe in what’s happening they will always find the money.
We are not buying cheap socks at his discount shop, what we want is a football team and club to be proud of. One day.