Tottenham have reacted to the rescheduling of the Newcastle match for TV, by putting on a plane and charging supporters only £2.51 each ti fly ‘up north’ and back.
The nominal £2.51 charge for any travelling season ticket holders or members was needed so that the company flying the fans could accept the bookings and capture details for ATOL protection etc.
The game was moved to the Sunday (19 April) so that Sky TV can show it live with a 4pm kick-off.
Tottenham are also laying on free coaches to help ease the journey for fans who won’t get back to London until late on the Sunday night.
(To deter time wasters, Spurs will charge anyone who books but doesn’t bother turning up: £50 if they were going by plane and £10 if they booked a coach)
In contrast, Newcastle United are now charging supporters £4 to travel on the ‘free’ coaches to Sunderland on Sunday 5 April.
Tottenham made the following official statement:
We acknowledge that the scheduling of this fixture may cause inconvenience for supporters who travel the length and breadth of the UK and Europe to support the team. We have therefore sought to provide further assistance for the long journey north for our away fans supporting the team in this vital match.
A nominal £2.51* charge applies to enable Thomas Cook Sport’s system to accept bookings (to fly) and capture details for ATOL protection/CAA requirements.