As Newcastle fans enjoy a rare relaxed end to the season, there has been some amusement added by events down at Sunderland.
Obviously the fact they have been absolutely shocking on the pitch all season (six wins in 43 games) has been a bonus for black and whites.
However, this growing paranoia from the Wearside club that Newcastle fans are going to start helping them to fill their ground, is reaching epic proportions.
It started with rumours on social media that some Newcastle fans (pictured above queuing for tickets for the Sunderland v Burton match on Saturday…) were supposedly planning on going to the final Sunderland home game of the season, against Wolves.
Sunderland panicked at this and banned all cash turnstiles for the final three games AND insisted that all fans looking to buy tickets for these remaining Stadium of Light matches, would have to prove they were a Sunderland fan by having a previous purchasing history of buying tickets.
Wednesday saw Sky Sports come out with the most bizarre story yet on the subject (read it HERE), claiming that Sunderland had identified Newcastle fans who’d got hold of Wolves tickets for this last game of the season, and had cancelled those tickets.
The story has been repeated all over the media, without any local or national journalists stopping to thinks of how daft the story/idea is.
Wolves have had a brilliant season, already promoted, and will desperate to get a ticket for this final game. With less than 3,000 tickets allocated, it was easy to check (though not for journalists apparently…) and find out that to have got hold of one of these tickets, you would have to be a Wolves season ticket holder who also goes to loads of away matches.
So the idea that a number of Newcastle fans had got hold of them was laughable.
The article on The Mag ridiculing the Sky Sports claims was put up as a subject on the main Wolves message board (see below) and the truth about these mysterious ‘Newcastle fans’ quickly became apparent.
If you look at the comment in bold below, it turns out one Wolves fan posted a photo of his and his mates’ tickets on social media, then a Newcastle fan has used that image and claimed they’d got hold of them.
The sleuths at Sunderland have then on that evidence cancelled the tickets (which didn’t have seat numbers covered up in the image) and some very frustrated/angry Wolves fans are now attempting to get the tickets validated again.
Yet another own goal for our Mackem friends and Sky Sports.
Wolves fans react via their top Molineux Mix message board:
‘Sunderland cancel Wolves away tickets after falling into hands of Newcastle fans’ – Sky Sports | NUFC The Mag
Read into this what you will. I’m just a messenger.’
‘This is clearly rubbish designed to discourage Geordies from buying in the home end.
Unless these Newcastle fans have been to several Wolves away matches, they wouldn’t have even had a chance to get a ticket.
Did they arbitrarily cancel any ticket whose holder has a NE, DH or TS postcode?’
‘Utter rubbish thousands of us still want tickets for this game and I can’t imagine any wolves fan giving tickets away for this game.’
‘It’s a load of B……s.’
Newcastle fans noticing we play Sunderland on the last day of the season bought a Wolves season ticket and tickets for 8-12 away games throughout the season on the off chance Sunderland would be relegated?
‘Don’t worry, if there is some Geordies in our end we’ll spot them, the silly voice will be a giveaway!’
‘Just to clarify, not everyone in the Wolves end will have a Wolverhampton accent.’
‘Wonder how many Geordies are Away Season Ticket Holders, or Season Ticket Holders with like 1100 points? Because that’s all they went on sale to!
‘There is no chance Newcastle fans have tickets.’
‘Those are mine and my mates tickets.
One of the lads uploaded a pic of them to Twitter and some muppet from Newcastle has pretended he’s managed to get his hands on them, hence why Sunderland have cancelled them.
We’re on with the ticket office.’
‘Can you get on Twitter and tell the sky reporter! He’s swallowed it and the Newcastle fans are loving it. Embarrassing.’
‘Shocking journalism that – the journo involved just hasn’t thought this through, and he’s insulting Wolves fans on Twitter who are questioning him.’
I couldn’t get one and I’ve got 1080 loyalty points so how on earth would Newcastle fans get them? He’s not the brightest…’
‘They can’t, its utter tosh….I’m in dire need of 1 like a few thousand others !!’
‘Just received a text back from James Davies, stating that Wolves have repeatedly requested more tickets and will continue to do so but at the moment there is no movement!’
‘Seems a very odd decision by them considering we are already up , they will more than likely be relegated and no history of issues between both sets of fans with many of us already booked for hotels over night they will find it harder dealing with us outside then inside the ground?’
‘I’ve been offered them in there end and so have plenty of others. There will be plenty available on the day off Sunderland fans so I’m told. So people will get in if they really want to.’
‘My tickets have arrived.
Now to sort out a hotel in Newcastle.’