When Newcastle United decided to make the whole of the Milburn Stand (below Level 7) corporate, they threw hundreds and hundred of fans out of their seats.

The supporters took the club to court (‘Save Our Seats’) but eventually lost, the Hall/Shepherd administration disgracefully succeeding in moving all of those loyal fans to alternative parts of St James Park against their will – some deciding to walk away totally after their treatment by the club.

Now hundreds and hundreds of Newcastle United fans once again face the prospect of being kicked out of their seats but it is outside forces at work this time.

The Premier League having agreed collectively that all clubs had to have at least one block of away supporters at pitchside, something which they claim is needed to help protect the atmosphere at top flight matches.

Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore saying at the time:

“Basically you won’t be able to be stuck up in the third tier, out in the corner, if you’re an away fan.

“It’s about atmosphere, one of the unique things about our game, particularly in England, is the amount of away fans and the noise they create.

“When an away goal is scored you want that atmosphere and interaction between the two sets of fans.”

If promoted, Newcastle are one of the very few clubs this would impact on, but salvation could be at hand.

Season ticket holders in the Leazes End who could have been forced to move to accommodate away fans from next season (if promoted…) may be saved after the club made representations to the Premier League.

The Chronicle report that NUFC have put together a ‘compelling case’ to be exempt from the new rule, if they go up this summer.

If successful, the exemption would be granted mainly for safety reasons, with Newcastle United arguing that the layout of the stadium means it would be all but impossible to segregate fans as they leave the stadium.

Fingers crossed that firstly, we are promoted, and secondly, that away fans stay where they are within St James Park.

  • Scottpaige

    Hence why I moved out of Leazes corner earlier this season to have a better pick of seats while available incase this plan went ahead. It’s always the fans that get shafted

    I hope this doesn’t go ahead. Home clubs should be the ones that decide whenre away fans go not the premier league.

  • Kev-82

    I’m sure the case will fail when they bring up that we managed to house fans in the Leazes/East corner for years in the Premier League. I don’t agree with the new ruling but there isn’t much we can do about it, it’s surely going to reduce capacity too with the need for segregation at both sides of the away support.

    • Scottpaige

      I’d thought if it has to happen to bring the away support down in one straight block from top of Leazes where they are now all the way to the bottom. Similar to the way it is at Man City

      I feel sorry for anyone having to move to make way for this plan. Just i feel the least home fans we move the better.

  • Steve Smith

    If I remember correctly they also intend to impose a cap on the price the club can charge away fans for the premium pitch side seats also.

    So guess who gets to swallow the cost…

    • Scottpaige

      Pretty much stinks if I’m honest. Can’t see how it will get rejected when this rule is only affect a handful of clubs. Most have fans pitch side now.

      So it’s not like we are gonna be backed by a lot of clubs to make a stand against the league forcing clubs to move fans to suit

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  • Vito Genovese

    It’ll be better for the atmosphere if they are pitchside especially if they go in the Leazes East corner. As long as those moved get the pick of tickets elsewhere in the ground then

  • 1957

    At least this is something that could potentially be forced upon the club by the PL as opposed to the actions of the Hall and Shepherd regime, who claimed it was an essential change to help sustain the financial clout of the club. It was nothing of the sort, I’m pretty sure that was the time when they severely restricted SBR’s spending while increasing their own dividend payments.

    For all the positive things the Halls did, whenever they did anything, the flotation or the creation of an expanded Platinum club, was ultimately for their own personal gain. They could teach Ashley a thing or two about making money from limited investment.