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Mike Ashley wants Newcastle fans to renew season tickets before buying any new players

1 year ago
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The deadline for supporters to renew season tickets is this Wednesday.

I’m just an ordinary fan and have no intention of breaking away BUT even I am waiting until the last possible minute before renewing.

Not much of a protest but I would hope that somehow it could register somewhere, in terms of telling Mike Ashley that many of us are not exactly rushing to renew.

I have known anything  like this at our club and I’m sure there may be other clubs as bad at times – but I can’t remember many being worse.

There is absolutely no incentive being given to Newcastle fans to renew.

I will be renewing because I am a fan who wants to watch her team, I also meet up with loads of family and friends every match day who otherwise I would hardly see, plus of course there is Rafa Benitez.

Just like Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby, we have somebody who whilst he remains, gives us hope and a little bit of self-respect once again.

Quite incredible the lengths Mike Ashley goes to, in terms of almost daring us not to renew the season tickets.

No new players obviously (only Dubravka converted from loan to permanent), no positive messages out of the club that this is going to be anything other than another year of struggle, whilst clearly Rafa Benitez refused to have his name used to try and sell season tickets. No quotes at all from our manager.

Mike Ashley is so convinced that he doesn’t need to do anything but sit back and watch St James Park fill up yet again this coming season, he even put the prices up in every area of St James Park.

Nothing much made of the fact either that only 13 days have been given for you to renew.

Bit unlucky if you had just gone away on a fortnight’s holiday, whilst I think it is quite disgusting that no consideration is given to anybody who has no access to the internet/social media.

I have a neighbour in his eighties, has followed NUFC all of his life, yet when I saw him this weekend he had no idea that his season ticket had to be renewed by this Wednesday (see below).

Sadly, he started to panic straight away on hearing the date was so close, so I have said I will drive him over to the ticket office on Wednesday when I will go in and renew mine. Surely Mike Ashley could allow at least those over a certain age to still get something through the post, informing them of renewal dates AND price rises etc.

I have never sent in anything to The Mag or anywhere else before but I just feel so disheartened.

Last season was enjoyable up to a point and you can take satisfaction from winning a relegation struggle but only if it then leads on to something better.

Or at least leads on to TRYING to do something better.

I’ll still be renewing because it is who I am, a Newcastle fan who loves going to matches and it is a massive part of my social life, I’m not going to go shopping and do jobs around the house on a matchday just like my husband does (he isn’t a football fan).

I just want to have some optimism in these just over six weeks before the season kicks off again, plus I don’t want to feel that I am completely having the p… taken out of me by Ashley.

I know us Newcastle fans are always claimed to be far too demanding but there is a bare minimum at least we should deserve.

Newcastle United Official Announcement – Monday 25 June 2018:

‘Deadline approaching for 2018/19 renewals.

Newcastle United season ticket holders can now renew their season ticket online for the 2018/19 Premier League season.

Current season ticket holders have until 5pm on Wednesday 27th June to guarantee their existing seat for the new campaign.

Supporters renewing their season tickets need to register on the club’s brand new ticket website – book.nufc.co.uk – before following simple steps to renew for the new campaign.

The whole process can be completed online, including a choice between a Direct Debit scheme or a one-off credit or debit card payment.

Please note that supporters who are not on long-term price freeze deals and who benefitted from the extension to the club’s Championship price reduction last season will now pay the new standard one-year season ticket price.’
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