There is good news and bad news regarding the Sunderland v Newcastle United kids derby match on Tuesday night.
The good news is that if you don’t have a ticket for the game, you will now be able to watch the game live on the club’s NUFC TV.
The bad news is, if you are sitting at home watching it in Newcastle, it is going to cost you an extortionate £10 to watch this Checkatrade match online.
The price is £10 if you are in the UK but half that if you pay to watch the game online from another country.
Newcastle United state: ‘Due to EFL rules, prices have been set at £10 for UK viewers and £5 for the rest of the world.’
Would love to see the wording of these ‘rules’ as £10 seems way over the top for this level of game.
Fans have been paying as little as £3 to watch these Checkatrade Trophy games in the flesh before this derby clash being pulled out of the hat.
Sunderland raising prices to £15 for tomorrow night’s game with the excuse that they will need to pay for extra staff/police due to it being a derby game.
Newcastle should have been allocated a minimum of 4,900 tickets as competition rules say away fans get at least 10% of the stadium’s capacity.
However, Sunderland objected to this and only gave Newcastle fans 2,800, a decision predictably backed up by Northumbria Police to make their job easier. The tickets quickly selling out to NUFC season ticket holders.
Newcastle United Official Announcement:
Newcastle United under-21s’ Checkatrade Trophy tie at Sunderland will be shown live on NUFC TV.
The young Magpies travel to the Stadium of Light on Tuesday, 8th January for a 7.45pm (GMT) kick-off.
Newcastle’s 2,800 allocation has sold out, but supporters will still be able to watch the Tyne-Wear clash on NUFC TV.
The full match will be broadcast live to fans all over the world, with commentary from BBC Newcastle’s Matthew Raisbeck and John Anderson.
Due to EFL rules, prices have been set at £10 for UK viewers and £5 for the rest of the world.
You can purchase here.
Ben Dawson’s under-21 side are one of only three Academy teams to reach the last 16 after beating Doncaster Rovers (3-1), Notts County (2-0) and Grimsby Town (3-2) in the group stages before overcoming Macclesfield Town on penalties after a 1-1 draw in round two.
Jack Ross’ Black Cats, meanwhile, drew 0-0 with Stoke City’s under-21s in their first group game before beating Carlisle United 3-1 and Morecambe 1-0 to secure qualification from Group A. They then beat Notts County 2-0 in the second round.