Brighton have announced on Thursday afternoon that the Newcastle match has still not sold out.

Only 72 hours before the game, the Seagulls have revealed tickets are still on sale – though sadly Newcastle fans can’t buy up what is left.

Despite the distance and awkwardness of the Sunday 4pm kick-off, the away allocation of 2,500 quickly sold out.

With a capacity of only thirty thousand, as well as being their first season and only third ever home game in the Premier League, you’d have expect the game to be sold out long ago.

The two PL matches so far at the Amex Stadium were:

Brighton 0 Manchester City 2 (30,415)

Brighton 3 West Brom 1 (30,381)

There are only around 400 tickets left according to Brighton but a shame that they didn’t make more tickets available to Newcastle fans, when they are left struggling to sell out.

Newcastle should have been entitled to 3,000 (PL rules of at least 3,000 for capacities of 30,000 or more) tickets but guessing Brighton allowed to get around this by claiming can’t give bigger allocation due to layout of stadium/exits/whatever.

Ironically, it was only this morning (see below) that Brighton announced they were looking to take action against their fans who were buying tickets and not bothering to use them!

This was after around 600 Brighton fans bought tickets for the cup match at Bournemouth with no intention of actually going, just so they could get a loyalty point.

The Mag – Earlier today (21 September 2017):

‘We have become used to the sight of around five thousand or more Arsenal fans not bothering to use their tickets for anything but the most high profile matches.

Sadly, a case of people who are rich enough to pay for season tickets or longer term deals, just so they have the convenience of going to the odd match that they fancy, whilst thousands of other Arsenal supporters would love to be inside the Emirates but are locked out.

However, we now have a club slagging their own fans off for buying tickets to matches and then not using them.

Brighton say that things came to a head on Tuesday night at Bournemouth.

Despite putting a reserve side out, Brighton fans bought up a respectable 1,235 tickets.

However, Brighton say that only around half the tickets were actually used.

The reason being that, like Newcastle, the Seagulls use a ‘loyalty point scheme’ for away tickets, with a point added for each away game you attend…buy a ticket for.

On Tuesday night, around 600 Brighton fans bought tickets with seemingly no intention of going, the cheaper League Cup pricing making it more enticing – Adult £10, Over 65s and Full-time students £7, Under 21s £3.

With younger fans tending to obviously have fewer loyalty points, if you were say a 20 year old who fancied adding another point, the £3 was maybe a no-brainer to spend.

Newcastle fans have often debated the merits of NUFC’s own loyalty points scheme and the fact that especially for younger fans it is generally tough to build up points – older fans with more points then being able to get tickets to all the most attractive matches, whilst often younger fans without a high total of loyalty points miss out AND fall further behind.

However, I have never heard of Newcastle fans actually buying tickets with no intention of them being used, just to build up loyalty points, although it is pretty widespread for Newcastle supporters to buy tickets to get the loyalty point, knowing that they can then sell on the ticket to friends and family.

Interesting to see what Brighton will do about the problem, will those 20 year olds who allegedly bought a loyalty point for £3 have to produce a letter from their mam to prove they were ill and couldn’t make it…?

Brighton and Hove Albion official statement:

Brighton & Hove Albion would like to thank all those supporters who travelled to last night’s Carabao Cup match at AFC Bournemouth. 

Your support of the team is, as always, greatly appreciated by all at the club.

The club is aware that of the 1235 sell out away attendance, almost 50% of those who purchased tickets chose not to attend the match. 

It is extremely disappointing to see so many supporters purchasing tickets and not attending the match, the majority in order to gain loyalty points.

The loyalty point system is, by definition, about rewarding loyalty of those supporters who travel and support the team up and down the country. 

Buying low-priced tickets simply to gain points is against the spirit of the system and, as bad, does nothing to support the team.

Furthermore, this practice not only prevents supporters who wish to go and support the team from attending the match in question, but it also stops those same fans from gaining valuable and deserved loyalty points to allow them to go future matches. 

This practice reached unacceptable levels at last night’s match and as a result we have now requested the attendance data from Bournemouth and will be reviewing this information very carefully over the next few days.

Going forward, it is clear that changes need to be made to the club’s terms and conditions where they concern loyalty points. The club will also take the opportunity to review the process of loyalty point allocation and, where possible, will also seek to reconcile the sale of ticket to away matches with attendance data from host clubs.

It is sad, once again, we find ourselves committing considerable time and club resources to dealing with individuals abusing the club’s ticketing system for their own personal unfair gain.

To those supporters who did attend last night’s match and supported the team, once again, the club would like to thank you for your attendance.’

  • Paul Busby

    Its almost as if creating system where the focus is to keep people spending money rather than offer the fairest opportunities to all fans, results in people just spending money for the sake of it rather than properly supporting their club.

  • TheNutJob

    Pity, but the tickets may well sell by Sunday & the local yokels will watch
    the Mighty Toon pagger their team

  • Steve Pearce

    What’s with this fascination with the fans of an away team? It is totally irrelevant to Newcastle supporters.most of whom will be watching the match on the telly anyway.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      I think it’s simply a way of cutting and pasting the other blog that manages to make 2 articles out of one.

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Away fans keep the game going without them the atmosphere would leave a lot to be desired. See you at Brighton on Sunday then Southampton Sunday again and if you have nothing to on a Monday night try Burnley nothing beats been an away fan rather than watching the telly.

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    The people of Brighton are a bit wary, Sunday will see the invasion of masses of violent, deluded, narrow minded, bigoted, drunken supporters, chanting obnoxious slogans at locals just trying to enjoy the day. Their leader is a dictator and hated by many supporters as well as being considered dangerous by many.

    But hey, enough about the Labour Party conference at least Newcastle United offer the opposite of all that.

    • Rich Lawson

      You missed out ”The Donkey Jackets”

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        I was teasing about the old view of football fans being unattractive when the reality is that left wing politics are riddled with hideous people, I don’t think football fans were aligned with donkey jacket wearing?

        • Rich Lawson

          It was a rant someone was having about Geordie fans on one of those ”must read” what other team fans are saying prior to game posts.Can’t remember who,but it made me laugh that we still suffered stereotypes from the 70’s.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I get’s ya, truth is that 5,000 united fans on an all day bender in Brighton will cause less bother than a few hundred angry lefty Labour supporters.

            I was at Man C two years ago where black n white shirts could prop up any bar and walk through the city without any bother. It helped that we got stuffed 6-1 but nevertheless, the following day saw people getting beaten up in the same city for looking a bit Tory.

            Lefties are the new hooligan scum.

          • Rich Lawson

            They don’t seem very open to debate !

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            That is true, in pretty middle of the road with politics but blimey, talk politics with a Labour activist and prepare to have your legitimacy questioned if you don’t agree with the party line.

    • Mick Mather

      I suppose you thought that comment was funny but a lot of the travelling supporters have voted Labour. Want to see capitalism in action – look at Fatman.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        By the laws of probability, yes, some fans, in a number of 4-5,000 may well have voted Labour as well as pretty much every party being represented.

        Voting for a party does not = support, I’ve voted 20odd times and I’d never say l supported a party like I do Nufc, it’s just the best choice I can make with the options given.

        The joke is funny because the old clichés for football fans are more applicable to political activists if which Labour (whatever you politics) are the worst.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    We were entitled to three thousand tickets but just took the two and a half thousand
    as would have had to pay for the rest if we did not sell them. As it happens loads want to go now and sold out after three wins in a row but we had a job selling two thousand for Swansea so the right decision.