The Liverpool v Newcastle United match looks set to go ahead.

Liverpool releasing an official statement (see below) which makes it pretty clear that they see the match being played as scheduled.

The modern day facilities mean that the pitch is never a reason these days, whilst unless the weather suddenly got so bad in the Liverpool area very close to the kick-off- that won’t stop it going ahead as planned either.

I don’t have a problem with that BUT I do think there is a moral obligation on Liverpool Football Club to say now to any Newcastle fans (and Liverpool supporters) who don’t make the game, that they will get refunds on their tickets.

In their statement below they do warn fans to make sure they are aware of the travel disruption due to the weather, as well as the planned rail strike (you would hope that in light of the shocking weather that the RMT Union would be postponing that strike action as well).

However, advising Newcastle fans (and their own supporters) to make sure they are up to date with travel advice is one thing, that advice helping supporters to actually get to the game is quite another.

As I write this on Friday morning, the M62 is still closed and people have been trapped on that stretch of road all night, Police urging people not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

With Saturday’s match on Live TV, there is an extra massive chunk of money being made which in itself dwarfs any money that would be refunded on any tickets that were left unused.

The fact it is being broadcast live as well, means that Liverpool (and Newcastle United as well) could and should be saying to fans that if they still want to try and make their way to the match then great – BUT with the Police advice being not to travel and the weather conditions almost certainly having no chance of significantly improving, fans will definitely get their ticket money back and can watch it instead on TV.

Even if everybody is still intent on trying to get to the match, Liverpool do in my opinion have this moral obligation, with these weather conditions being so extreme. The last thing any of us want to see/hear are people getting into serious trouble trying to get to and from the match.

Liverpool Official Statement:

‘Due to the inclement weather forecast over the coming days, Liverpool FC would like to remind supporters to take extra care when travelling to Anfield and encourage fans to plan their journey in advance.

Supporters are advised to arrive early at the stadium and check the Merseytravel and Merseyrail websites for any updates before they travel.

Fans should also be aware of planned strike action by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union. The planned action will cause significant disruption to Merseyrail and Northern rail services on Saturday March 3, 2018. A reduced Merseyrail service will be in place between 7am and 7pm.

Saturday’s game against Newcastle United is planned to go ahead as normal.

Supporters travelling from Newcastle should also be mindful of potential travel disruption across roads and the wider transport network as the inclement weather is expected to mostly affect the east of the country. Visit nufc.co.uk for more information.’



  • Mark Davies

    Cant say I agree. Liverpool dont control the weather and tickets would be valid for any rearranged fixture. The scousers certainly have no moral obligation in my humble opinion.

    • Jezza

      I think the article concerns the match going ahead and Newcastle fans who have bought tickets not being able to get there because of the weather rather than no refunds if it is postponed.

  • Mike

    TV money runs Prem football. Clubs/fans dont have any say

  • Moxytoon

    Trouble is probably 20k Liverpool fans travel in for game to all the glory seekers

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    If you have a season ticket and you cannot make the game for whatever reason
    you do not get a refund so it’s the same for away supporters no refund given. Even if a game kicks off and fifteen minutes are played no refunds are given. We never got to Southampton as it took four hours to get to York and hundreds of fans missed the game and no refunds. The roads will be a lot better on Saturday and if all four lanes are open should be fine.

  • AliNUFC

    Hey liverpool based toon fan here. Does anyone know if I would be able to turn up as an aweay fan for the game as I know of a fair few people trying to sell their tickets

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      It’s all ticket and sold out. However, if you wait where the coaches drop off and ask about, there tends to be someone who’s mate couldn’t make it.

      Otherwise, just hang about the Corner of the away end near the Arkles pub ask for Newcastle end spares. Face value price was £25 + booking fee.

      If I manage to get there, I’ll be doing exactly the same.

      • AliNUFC

        Cheers man, will give it a go!

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Did you get a ticket?