As a Newcastle fan that doesn’t live in Newcastle, I tend to go to as many away games as I get to visit St James’ Park.
It has been noticeable (to me at least) that this season it has been more difficult to get tickets as away fans.
If you take our recent victory at the King Power for example, as a member I was unable to get an away ticket so had to sit in with the Leicester fans. In Newcastle’s previous 3 visits to that ground I have been able to get away tickets for me and my son.
A similar situation when visiting Wembley this week, coupled with tens of thousands of empty seats, made me wonder…
Why isn’t it possible to have a more organised approach to segregation, that allows for the away end to be expanded should there be both demand (Newcastle tickets sold out to season ticket holders) and supply (Tottenham were never going to sell 85,000 plus tickets to their supporters)?
It’s hard to gauge, but I would hazard a guess that dotted around the home crowd, there must have been at least a few hundred Newcastle fans .
You could tell who they were as they hung around to applaud the team off at the end, whereas most of the Spurs fans got up to leave at 80 and 85 minutes!
Furthermore, I am sure there are plenty who would have traveled had they been able to get a ticket in the away end. The same was true at Leicester, where there were hundreds of empty seats and, judging by Twitter, a number of Newcastle fans in amongst the home fans.
Not only is it frustrating, as it makes it more far more difficult to support the team, but it also means you have to listen to the annoying whining from the home ‘supporters’.
Whether it’s Spurs fans booing their team because they are drawing at half time, or calling Harry Kane a moron (amongst other things) because he didn’t score 100% of the chances presented to him…
Or Leicester fans complaining that Claude Puel should only be given another five games as they are only 9th in the Premier League.
It makes you proud to watch, even from across the stadium, see the Newcastle fans getting behind the team.
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