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60 season tickets to be give away at next Newcastle match…but not to Toon fans

4 years ago

The next Newcastle fixture will see 60 free season tickets handed out but sadly no United fans will be the recipients.

Any goodwill from Mike Ashley towards Newcastle fans is not exactly easy to find but it does exist in bucketfuls at Leicester City.

Whilst not a single penny is spent at St James Park that doesn’t need to be, it is a different matter at the King Power stadium.

Whilst Mike Ashley doesn’t even have any interest in attending Newcastle matches, Leicester’s billionaire owner is still very much hand on and loving it.

Buying the club in 2010, intelligent and substantial investment has seen Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha reap the benefits.

The end of the 2009/10 season saw Newcastle promoted as champions whilst Leicester finished fifth but missed out in the play-offs.

Rebuilding the club on and off the pitch, the Thai owner succeeded eventually with promotion in 2013/14, Premier League survival in 2014/15, then followed by Premier League (winning title in 2015/16) and Champions League (just missed out on semis last season) glory.

In the meantime, Mike Ashley has presided over an era of chaos and neglect, long periods of no/little money spent, only to then waste substantial amounts of cash when fighting relegation but still putting the emphasis on young foreign inexperienced players who might increase in value.

Rafa Benitez in these past two years trying to right a lot of wrongs, despite Mike Ashley undermining him in these past three transfer windows.

Ahead of Saturday I came across this, Leicester owner  Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha looking to celebrate his birthday (4 April) by sharing the joy with Leicester fans…

‘Leicester City Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is marking his birthday celebrations by giving free 2018/19 Season Tickets to 60 lucky supporters at this weekend’s Premier League fixture with Newcastle United.

– Leicester City Chairman to give away 60 free 2018/19 Season Tickets as part of his birthday celebrations

– The Chairman’s birthday is on Wednesday 4 April and he is inviting supporters to share in the occasion during the weekend’s Premier League fixture with Newcastle United at King Power Stadium

– A random prize draw from all current Season Ticket Holders will decide the 60 lucky winners, whose tickets will be renewed for free for 2018/19

– One winner from each stand will be announced at half-time with the remaining 56 to be contacted by the Club

The Chairman celebrates a landmark birthday on Wednesday and members of the Blue Army are invited to join in the celebrations at King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon as a thank you from Khun Vichai for their loyal support.

The Football Club and its supporters have enjoyed an incredible journey since King Power’s takeover in 2010.

Under Khun Vichai and King Power’s guidance, the Club continues to make great strides on and off the pitch in 2018 as the Foxes push for the highest-possible Premier League finish and plan for a future with a brand new world-class training facility.

It’s a journey that would not have been possible without the unwavering support of the Leicester City fans and the Chairman will show his gratitude for that togetherness as part of his birthday celebrations by rewarding 60 current Season Ticket Holders with a free renewal for 2018/19.’

As for my club…until everybody is pulling in the same direction, Rafa Benitez can only do much.

It is of course vital to have manager, fans and players pulling in the right direction, but without supportive owners, the job becomes all but impossible to make real progress.

Whether that is giving proper support in the transfer market and total freedom to Rafa Benitez, or delivering the state of the art training complex that was promised years ago, Mike Ashley has to deliver – or take a realistic price and sell the club.

Maybe you see the free 60 Leicester season tickets as a gimmick but it is a nice gimmick and the goodwill generated will probably worth far more than the thirty grand or so that it will cost the club/owner.

A little goodwill goes a long way and Rafa Benitez has proved this as manager, now Newcastle United just needs an owner who will do the same.


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