Saturday’s clash between Southampton and Newcastle is heading for a sell-out but most of the remaining unsold tickets are due to an unspecified number being returned by United.

The official Southampton website are reporting that only 500 tickets remain for the Premier League match but that 400 of those are in a block from a batch that should have been filled by Newcastle fans.

unsold ticketsDisappointing that United haven’t managed to sell their full allocation but understandable when you take into consideration the obstacles put in the way of fans looking to support Newcastle on their travels.

When you have a match at the opposite end of the country then it has always been the case in the past that the majority of our support would come from exiles living down south.

However, Mike Ashley has insisted that to buy any Newcastle away ticket you have to buy an annual membership.

So basically you could be a Geordie living across the road from Southampton’s ground but even if that was the only match of the season you could make, you would first have to pay a £30 NUFC year’s membership to then be able to buy a ticket to stand/sit with your fellow Newcastle fans.

The total cost for one match would be £68, which comprises £37 match ticket, £30 NUFC membership, plus the £1 surcharge Ashley has imposed on every away ticket sold.

Maybe a bit more understandable as to why we haven’t sold out, for those who weren’t aware of the extra taxation by Ashley.

Betting – NUFC Win 9/2 – Ben Arfa Score First Goal 14/1 – NUFC Win 2-0 33/1

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