The deadline for Newcastle United season tickets was on Tuesday.

Fans having to renew by then, or else there was no guarantee you would get that seat, or indeed any one.

That was of course a second deadline, as the club added an extra week due to so many people waiting and not renewing.

I’ll always support the team and no doubt I will still get to most games this season…but I had promised myself that I would only renew my season ticket this time, if I got some encouragement.

A totally unjustified price increase and the free transfer signing of Ki Sung-Yueng wasn’t quite what I had in mind.

My first time writing into The Mag and I was prompted by reading an article on the site this morning by Dean Wilkins.

He looked at the frenzy of recent transfer links, suggesting there was interest and even bids in for the likes of Kenedy, Townsend and Alassane Plea.

Specifically, that this frenzy of transfer speculation happened to coincide with the impending Newcastle United season tickets deadline.

We are still waiting for Rafa Benitez to speak, then we might get some idea of how he is feeling about how the transfer window is going, or not going…

The good thing is that the manager is giving no indication of leaving. However, by the same token, there is absolutely no suggestion he has any intention of signing a contract extension beyond next season.

I wasn’t expecting massive leaps forward so far in this transfer window but I did think we would have had at least one or two significant signings in by now. Ki Sung-Yueng is a decent squad player whilst Martin Dubravka is simply keeping the goalkeeper who impressed late last season, with Kenedy not here (currently) you can only say NUFC are still weaker now than the team in those final three or four months of 2017/18.

I have surprised myself by feeling pretty relaxed after not renewing by Tuesday night. At least it means I am in charge of what happens and not feeling like Mike Ashley is pulling my strings.

Nearly every other club has kept their season ticket prices the same and yet Newcastle United haven’t felt it was needed to give any explanation/justification whatsoever as to why they felt the need to raise prices. This is at a time when there has never been more money flowing into the football club.

Instead of raising a couple of million (maximum) through the pockets of people on Tyneside already feeling the pinch of austerity and a tough jobs market, why not ask Sports Direct to finally pay a nominal couple of million for their massive worldwide coverage, if cash was desperately needed?

It is laughable that the Ki Sung-Yueng signing saw all photos/video heavily showcasing Sports Direct, benefiting all their shareholders for absolutely nothing.

One of the biggest lies/laughs of all is the club trying to tell us that NUFC season tickets are amongst the cheapest in the Premier League. It is simply not true.

Unless you qualify to be in the family enclosure, and of course want to be in the worst seats in the ground, the cheapest season tickets are £628 (apart from a handful in a small wedge between Milburn and Leazes).

That works out at over £33 per match and that is if you have a season ticket! Imagine what the matchday prices are going to be?

This at a time when the club are signed up to a PL scheme that says £30 is the maximum that any away fan should pay in the top tier.

It is when you feel like you are being taken for a mug that it really grinds on you.

If I go for a cheap pizza/pasta I have certain expectations but if I splash out for the wife and myself on a posh restaurant then I have other expectations.

When Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson were serving up a treat, you couldn’t argue with whatever price and would have happily left a hefty tip on top…

However, a basics diet of Joselu, Manquillo, Atsu etc and then you put the prices up as well, somebody is definitely having a laugh.

I’ll be sitting back and waiting, ready to buy tickets match by match if necessary. Although it will only take a small amount of ambition and backing for Rafa Benitez to be then ringing up the ticket office for a season ticket.

Until then I will simply keep on enjoying the sunshine and the World Cup, leaving my Newcastle United worries for a little while longer.

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  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    Where’s your seat Tom? I’m going to wait until Monday when the good seats become available.

    • TheNutJob

      Nee chance Monkseaton`s buying them all

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Cannot even get through on the phone to buy three more it’s jammed full of supporters trying to get tickets.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          😂😂😂
          Loony Toons

          • Wezza

            His last comment wreaks of false PR.

  • Graham Thompson

    No disrespect Tom but this is nothing that hasn’t been written before. So you’ve joined the ranks of those who refused to renew their season ticket and like those that made the same decision before you you’re trying to explain and justify your reasons. The way I see it, you either want to go to St. James Park and watch the lads in black and white or you don’t, whatever the reasons or personal logic, it honestly doesn’t matter to the vast majority of supporters and it certainly doesn’t matter to Ashley. Fair play you’ve made a choice but it smacks of ransom (and some may say glory hunting), if we unveiled 2 new quality strikers and a 5 year extension to Rafa’s contract, the scramble for season tickets would be unprecedented whether Ashley was still at the helm or not. It is what it is, much like paying upfront for a music festival, you can’t guarantee who will be playing but if you really want to go you go!

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Yep, he can’t come back moaning the club have sold his seats!

  • panther

    Havent been back for over a decade and no intention to change until Ashleys gone

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      The people who do not go it’s all down to Ashley . If we win the league or cup some would still not go.

      • panther

        we could win the treble, still wouldnt go with Ashley profiteering

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          When you go to a supermarket and buy a loaf of bread they profit Ashley does not.

          • panther

            Next time I’m in asda I’ll get some jam too

    • grantham mag

      Like wise brother.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Fairweather supporter

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Gloria Hunter

      • Mark Andrews

        Who’s Gloria hunter ? Why drag her into this?

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          She was a writer for the Mag in the early days (when it was good)

  • Mxpx

    I think that this is the only way forward sadly I’m confident that we’re not going to see games at less than sold out yet but this will drop the value of the club (in Ashley’s hands at least) and push him towards selling up

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    It was not that long ago that I was paying £56.00 to get in at Chelsea and nearly fifty pounds at Man Utd and Liverpool so we are cheap compared to most clubs. Even remember paying £42.00 at Aston Villa. We have been cheap compared to other clubs and the price rise just reflects the 10% we were given off when we went in the Championship. I have being trying to get though to the club for the past two days to renew my other three season tickets but the phones are grid locked and there is no way you can get through. The best I got was no 34 in the queue so going up on Saturday to get my new seats. The new ticket system has meant many have not renewed yet but will do so next week. We finished tenth there will be further signing and Rafa has stayed yet you have not renewed wonder what he would think of that.

    • Megatron1505

      You keep harping on about this tenth place finish, but it wasn’t a comfortable tenth was it? Our relegation battle didn’t finish until a month before the season ended and the gap between us and the drop was far closer than between us and the top 5, too close for comfort in fact.

      We finished tenth, but it was a poor tenth, in context of how the manager was supported though it was a minor miracle.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        If we got the points we deserved off Everton, Bournemouth and Burnley we would have been in Europe so a great season with many players lacking Premiership experience.

        • Megatron1505

          And if your auntie had a winkie or she’d be your uncle.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            If you went to a game every now and then Mott’s, you’d know he’s right. We should have had A point at Burnley away, a win at home, Everton away should have been a point as at home.

            Not Champions league but we could have been ahead of Burnley.

          • Megatron1505

            Unfortunately Bibby points aren’t awarded for what “should” have happened, they are awarded for scoring more than the opposition.

            I am sure that Everton and Burnley fans also have their own sob stories of games that they “should” have won too, along with every other set of fans in the league.

            As usual your argument is nothing but a bucket of p!55 full of holes.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            I’m sure you are right but Everton have seemingly been atrotious all season. Burnley have been a bit lucky but so have we in some games.

            Either way we were 10th which was about right.

          • Megatron1505

            And our relegation battle lasted for nine tenths of the season, which is exactly right.

            Tenth was not comfortable, and to suggest so or wave it as a banner is completely disingenuous.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Not comfortable but ok. Everton splashed fortunes on a similar season and everyone including Everton were in a relegation scrap

          • Megatron1505

            Everton had a bad season for their outlay. We punched above our weight by staying up thanks to hard working pro’s and a manager who stuck to his plan despite the nay sayers.

            Only a complete moron would take that gamble again.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Everton’s outlay was huge but their team were not better than ours. Nobody is suggesting we don’t buy a player or two but I’m happy that we build on last season.

          • Megatron1505

            Yes, not spending nine tenths of the season fighting relegation would indeed be cause for celebration.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Every club bar 6 did that

          • Megatron1505

            And yet I don’t see their fans waving it around like some kind of triumph. Maybe they haven’t had their ambition sucked out of them ?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Every club that is promoted is looking to stay up in the first season.we finished above the two other promoted clubs. It may not be a celebration but judging where we are with some perspective and pragmatism.

            Having achieved a decent mid-table finish, we need to kick on to see what can be achieved. As it happens, to repeat 10th but with some ease may be kicking on.

        • Megatron1505

          You’re an absolute tool Pal, with a month to go we were still fighting relegation and you talk about it like we got a Champions League spot.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        He`s a s mad as a schitt house Rat
        without Kenedy & Dubravka we may well have gone down

        • Geordiegiants

          Don’t think we would of stood much chance of staying up with out them, it was starting to slip. We were also very very lucky with injuries.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          You actually speak a lot more sense than the other nutters on here those two players turned it round but with the results we deserved against Everton, Bournemouth and Burnley we would have finished seventh.

      • FatParosite

        Block Bagpipes….

      • Wezza

        Also he doesnt give Rafa credit for that tenth place. He is just a wind up merchant, Kevin/David Lee. Sad trolls.

      • Geordiegiants

        That tenth place has probably done us no favours Notts, the caner even said that’s it’s a disgrace to call the team a championship team. I don’t see many, if any premier league clubs knocking on our door for players.

    • grantham mag

      Chelsea = ambition, Man Utd = ambition, Liverpool =ambition, Sports Direct NUFC = NO Effing ambition, = No season ticket.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        So we should put our prices up? That went down badly earlire in the summer.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      Chelsea Man Utd Liverpool are successful, we have Joselu

  • Atilla McNamee

    Good lad

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Will Rafa think he is a good lad deserting him when he wants us to stick together no. In the hour of need he has deserted

      • Damon Horner

        Hour of need? The hour of need was last year and they got 52k each game, what happened then? We got Joselu and imaginary wage numbers all in the name of conservative spend with the long term aim of damage limitation.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          We finished tenth that is what happened not good enough for the likes of you I know.

          • Damon Horner

            You’re right 10th in isolation is not good enough. Integrity, unity, respect and a competitive nature from those at the top would be good enough and I’d take 15th now with that mindset than 10th without it.

            At the moment the club are currently riding on the wave created by Rafa being here. I hope that enough efforts are made to enable me to say that next year as well.

    • FatParosite

      Don’t listen to the to$$er below. The cretin is paid by Bishop to troll.

  • FatParosite

    I would hold off even setting foot in the ground until you’re convinced Ashley has significantly strengthened the squad player for player. He has upped your price I suggest you up his.

  • magpiefifer

    Even if we don’t sign another player there will be 50,000+ at the Spuds game – and Ashley knows it!!!

    • nufcslf

      Sad and pathetic all the same.

  • Dave Pattinson

    Lets stop pretending that the club is “our club’. Stop fannying about and just don’t go till Fatso has gone. We know he’s not giving Rafa significant amounts to spend. How much longer are we going to suck it up?