Revealed: Actually 15,000 empty seats but Aston Villa still refuse to sell to Newcastle fans
Yesterday we brought you news that Aston Villa were putting plans in place to prevent any Newcastle fans getting further tickets for the penultimate match of the season on Saturday 7 May.
The 2,900 original allocation was quickly bought up by United supporters for what is a pivotal match in the relegation battle, then on Wednesday (yesterday) another 100 restricted view tickets that are normally not made available by Aston Villa to away fans, were put on sale and quickly snapped up.
We pointed out that the crowd for the last home match at Villa Park (v Southampton) was less than thirty thousand (29,729), leaving some thirteen thousand empty seats.
However, Aston Villa are refusing to sell tickets to anybody who doesn’t have a previous history of buying tickets at Villa Park (see info from the official Aston Villa website below), to try and ensure no other Newcastle fans get into the stadium.
Newcastle United yesterday confirmed that they had asked Aston Villa to let Newcastle fans buy some of these thousands of guaranteed empty seats but Randy Lerner’s officials had refused.
Now it has been revealed that there are actually more than 15,000 seats that remain unsold only nine days before the match, with the Birmingham Mail confirming that despite this, they understand Aston Villa will still not enlarge the away section..
With Aston Villa guaranteed to be not only relegated but also finish rock bottom, no matter how sad the Villa fans have proved to be in the past, even they will not trigger a mad late rush for tickets in the hope of seeing Newcastle go down with them.
There will of course be a decent number of Newcastle fans who will still get tickets, United having many ex-pat fans in the West Midlands, with thousands of Geordies having moved there in past decades for work. Countless numbers of them will have friends who are Villa fans and of course many others will also have bought tickets direct from Villa before themselves, rather than paying the now £35 yearly membership that Mike Ashley demands before you are allowed to buy a single Newcastle away ticket.
There really is no excuse for Aston Villa not making at least a couple of thousand extra seats available when they are guaranteed to have such an embarrassing low crowd as they play their last game in the Premier League.
At the moment they are looking at over a third of Villa Park being empty and it is surely laughable that the 100 extra restricted view tickets, that aren’t normally sold, were made available, when there are over 15,000 tickets with a perfect view that remain unsold!
This is the ticket info on the official Aston Villa website:
Villa v Newcastle
Date: Saturday May 7 Kick-off: 3pm
Category B game
Prices: £25 to £42 [adults], £25 to £42 [concessions], £17 to £35 [U18s], £12 to £35 [U8s]
On sale to supporters with an Aston Villa booking history
Tickets for this match are sold strictly on a one ticket per client reference number basis subject to the above sales criteria. Maximum of six tickets can be purchased per transaction.
To buy tickets, contact 0333 323 1874, visit the Ticket Offices at Villa Park and New Street or BUY ONLINE.
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