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Newcastle United refuse to take full away ticket allocation for another match

1 year ago

Newcastle United aren’t doing very well with tickets.

Struggling ever harder to sell tickets at St James Park.

As fans are so sick of Mike Ashley they are staying away from home matches, with the Brighton game seeing a new low for the season. An official attendance announced of 43,360 but widely estimated that there were less than 40,000 who actually turned up for the game.

However, there is a different problem developing at Newcastle away games.

I wrote about the Norwich game last month (see below), Newcastle United almost two weeks before that 3-1 defeat announced that the full 2,000 away ticket allocation had been sold.

What they declined to mention though was that for some reason they had decided to send 700 of the original FULL allocation back to Norwich, before the tickets had even gone on sale. Why they would decide to deprive another 700 fans of an away trip (especially those ex-pats living down there) and the team of the extra support, is anybody’s guess.

However, it has now been revealed that Mike Ashley and his people have done the same for another away game.

Last season, Leicester away was one of the best trips. A win and a brilliant atmosphere, Newcastle fans easily filling the full away ticket allocation despite it being a Friday night match.

However, this season, instead of taking the full 3,305 allocation (That was the Spurs allocation at the King Power last Saturday) for this Sunday’s game, Newcastle only took 2,250 tickets, over a thousand less than they could have.

That quickly sold out.

With Leicester then struggling to sell that part of Newcastle’s allocation, they then sent NUFC another 400 tickets which have also sold out.

Newcastle United’s final allocation is 2,650, still some 655 less than they could have had. Ironically, Leicester are still struggling to sell all the tickets that should have been Newcastle’s but which can’t be given to NUFC now as some tickets in the section have been sold to home fans.

So four away trips sold out so far but two of them have seen Newcastle, for whatever reason, decide to not take their full allocation.

Depriving Newcastle fans of an away trip and the team of extra support.

Maybe it is a clever ploy to fill some of those thousands of empty seats at home games, fans gutted at missing out on an away trip and deciding to give Mike Ashley their money instead…or maybe not.

The Mag – 7 August 2019:

Thank you for your fantastic support!

Newcastle United made an announcement about the Norwich away tickets yesterday.

The club stating (see below) that the tickets were now sold out.

They said ‘Newcastle were given an allocation of 2,000 for the long trip to East Anglia, and the last remaining seats were sold on Tuesday afternoon.’

I was amused to see this as I wrote about the Norwich away tickets on Friday (also see below).

I went to buy some Norwich tickets then (Friday 2 August) but the club’s ticket site showed them as sold out.

So not sure how they were still selling any yesterday, unless it was some returns.

What is definitely out of order is that Newcastle United are pretending that the allocation was only 2,000.

As I wrote on Friday, almost three weeks before the match, Norwich revealed that Newcastle had agreed to return 700 tickets rather than sell them to their own fans. That was well before tickets had gone on general sale to Newcastle fans.

Chelsea visit Norwich the week after us and they have an allocation of 2,669, which appears to be the normal allocation as it is around 10% of their capacity, which is what away fans are entitled to when a capacity is below 30,000.

Newcastle United official announcement on Norwich away tickets – Tuesday 6 August 2019:

‘Tickets for Newcastle United’s first Premier League away game of the season, at Norwich City, have sold out.

The Magpies travel to Carrow Road on Saturday, 17th August (3pm kick-off) in what will be Norwich’s first outing on home soil since their return to the top flight.

United’s last trip to Norfolk came during their 2016/17 Championship-winning campaign, when skipper Jamaal Lascelles popped up with a late equaliser to secure a point from a 2-2 draw.

Newcastle were given an allocation of 2,000 for the long trip to East Anglia, and the last remaining seats were sold on Tuesday afternoon.’

My original article on The Mag – 2 August 2019:

I went to buy some Norwich tickets this morning.

When I went on the NUFC ticketing website though, I was surprised to see that they were now sold out.

I was disappointed but thought fair enough, it’s my own fault for not sorting them earlier.

However, when I was having a look around generally online, I came across this…

Norwich City official announcement – 30 July 2019:

‘Norwich City are delighted to confirm that following negotiations with Newcastle United, we have an additional 700 tickets available for our opening league fixture at Carrow Road on Saturday, August 17.

Tickets initially went on sale to Home Premier members at 9am on Monday, July 22, but sold out soon after.

As a result, the additional tickets will be released to Home Premier Members first, followed by Home Standard Members, Season Ticket Holders and then General Sale (subject to availability).’

If Norwich announced this on Wednesday morning after ‘negotiations’, you then assume you have to go back at least a couple of days for when the decision was actually made by Newcastle United.

So that means, three weeks before this first away match, Newcastle agreed to send back 700 tickets.

I’m sorry but just who decided this and why.

The Norwich tickets only went on general sale to NUFC fans on Wednesday and then within 48 hours they are all sold out.

So Newcastle United have deprived 700 of their own fans of tickets.

Plus, they have given Norwich another 700 fans to back them.

This was already a very tough match, Norwich’s first home game after promotion and they will be throwing the kitchen sink at it.

Yet we deprive the team of the support of 700 extra fans.

There was no figure I have seen where Newcastle United said how many tickets they had originally received.

However, Norwich play Chelsea at home a week later and the official Chelsea site states that they received 2,669 tickets.

So assuming that is the norm (10% of the stadium is what you are entitled to if capacity is under 30,000), Newcastle fans bought 1,969 tickets – Nobody can tell me that now on general sale we couldn’t have sold another 700 tickets to fans up here and down south/more local to Norwich.


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