Fans were shocked to see Mike Ashley increase the price of Newcastle United season tickets ahead of this season.
The new prices were announced the day before the Premier League fixtures were scheduled to be released on 14 June 2018 and some fans discovered they would be paying more than 20% above what they’d paid in 2017/18.
The decision was laughable in itself because the vast majority of Premier League clubs have accepted that there is absolutely no justification to put prices up, when the cash from TV deals is so massive and rising with each new deal.
However, to raise Newcastle United season ticket prices AND make a £20m profit on summer transfer deals was a real Mike Ashley special treat for supporters.
Now a new report into season ticket prices across the big five European leagues (England, France, Germany, Spain, Italy) has shamed Mike Ashley even further.
The research by My Voucher Codes has revealed the 20 clubs in Europe’s big five leagues who charge the most for their cheapest adult season ticket option. That is a season ticket that doesn’t have conditions attached, such as part of a longer term deal or in a family section where you also have to buy a child’s.
A massive 18 of those clubs are in the Premier League, with only the champions of Italy and France, Juventus and PSG making the cut from outside of England’s top tier.
The two English sides not to feature in the top 20 are Manchester City and Huddersfield.
No surprise to see Arsenal leading the way, charging £891 for their cheapest.
They are then followed by Tottenham, Chelsea and Liverpool.
In fifth are Juventus charging £579 with Newcastle just behind on £571.
However, this relates to only a handful of seats between the Leazes and Milburn stands, with the cheapest season tickets for most fans being £628 which is what it costs to sit behind the goal in the Gallowgate and Leazes.
Mike Ashley and his minions have often tried to claim that whilst the football might be rubbish, Newcastle fans are supposedly getting it on the cheap…
This new research rubber stamps the fact that you shouldn’t believe anything that comes out of the NUFC owner’s PR department.
Some of Europe’s giants offer real value to fans:
Bayern Munich charging £125 for the cheapest
Real Madrid £218
AC Milan £209
Borussia Dortmund £191