Especially after spending over £50m on new players this summer, I have to question why Newcastle United are taking so few away tickets this season.
Having missed out on a ticket at Old Trafford, what caught my eye and prompted me to have a look at this issue, was when I saw the club making a big show of selling out at West Ham, fully two weeks before the game,
So I started looking at the away matches and seeing what ticket allocation we’d taken, as I’d hoped to go to Upton Park as well but had missed out again.
The figures below are from the official Newcastle United website.
Last season at Old Trafford, Newcastle took 3,000 fans, this season though it was only 1,800 tickets/fans.
Last season at Upton Park, Newcastle had 3,000 fans, this time though the club have only taken 2,200 tickets/fans.
This season at Swansea it was 1,300 and I couldn’t find an equivalent one for last season, although in this instance I think it was similar.
There is of course the ongoing extra hurdle for many supporters, particularly those living away from the north east, as unless you are a season ticket holder you have to pay an extra £30 for a year’s membership before you can even buy a single away ticket.
Plus Newcastle bizarrely make their own fans pay an extra £1 surcharge to buy an away ticket to support the team.
However, if we aren’t even taking decent allocations in the first place, then it makes it so much more difficult before you start.
Last season the club changed tack and started taking the maximum allocations, with clubs no longer being charged by the host club if they didn’t sell every ticket allocated.
So the question is, why would you deny your own fans the chance to follow the team away and why would you deny the team the extra support?
Do you honestly think we couldn’t have sold 3,000 for Old Trafford, especially with the new signings?
With two weeks to go, do you really think Newcastle couldn’t have sold another 800 for the West Ham game?
Yes it is Monday night in London but as most of you will appreciate, Newcastle have a massive fanbase down south, mainly Geordies who have moved for work. So much of our support on the 14th September will not be travelling from the north east but rather getting the tube over after work etc.
Sadly, there will be 800 sitting in the pub or at home watching on TV, instead of being there in the flesh.
Newcastle should be doing every single thing to grow and reaffirm their fanbase, not make it ever more difficult to actively support the team.
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