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Sunderland fans comments call out Free Ticket Mags as Mike Ashley gives away 10,000 NUFC season tickets

2 years ago

Sunderland fans think they are having the last laugh.

Over many years Newcastle supporters taunted them as Free Ticket Mackems.

This due to the year on year policy back in the day, of Sunderland selling cheap tickets and even giving them away, to try and fill the Stadium of Light.

Monday night though has seen Mike Ashley announce he is giving away 10,000 free season tickets.

This is due to the ongoing boycott forcing crowds down to 42,000 at St James Park, over 10,000 empty seats at Sunday’s game against Southampton.

The thousands of empty seats not a great look for the worldwide promotion of Sports Direct and related brands, as well as the personal embarrassment for Mike Ashley at so many empty seats due to his actions. Leading to the 10,000 free season ticket give away, for the final 10 games of the season.

Predictably, Sunderland fans have been straight on the case, calling Newcastle fans the ‘Free Ticket Mags’ now, fair play as you can’t complain at them having a laugh.

However, for them to claim the 10,000 empty seats is NOT a protest, is a bit weak, considering NUFC averaged over 51,000 at St James Park only three years ago in the CHAMPIONSHIP.

Fair play to some of the Sunderland fans who do acknowledge the true motivation for Mike Ashley doing this.

Also, I have to admit that I find some of their mickey taking amusing, such as rather than NUFC giving them away with a happy meal (as Newcastle fans used to sing about the Mackems), instead ours are going to be given out free with any Greggs purchase…

What a club(s).

Sunderland fans commenting via their Ready To Go message board:

‘Newcastle fans took great delight when we had free ticket initiatives back in the day. They even had a song about it.

Now they’re literally giving up to 10k season tickets away.’

‘That banter has come back to bite them on the backside.’

‘But but what about the fifty two thoosand screaming jawdees who’s packing the ground out week after week?’

‘and the thousands on the waiting list….’

‘Be interesting to see how they spin this as being tight by Ashley.’

‘Free season tickets in a happy meal apparently.’

‘Dogs abuse when we used to give away tickets.’

‘SAFC give a few freebies away = sh.. fans.

NUFC give 10’000 away = it’s a prurtest.’

‘Bruce hinted to it after the game yesterday, it’s been low 40s all season and the includes season tickets sold, in reality its definitely sub 40s more like mid to lower 30s. The home form is decent though it looks like it’s made no difference to attendance what so ever.

Fair play to those staying away for whatever reasons.’

‘Mid table in the PL and protesting 😆 aye right. Sh..e fans.’

‘You get a Newcastle ticket with every happy meal


‘Greggs dishing them out with free pasties instead.’

‘Double for steak bakes.’

‘It’s been more like high 30’s to low 40’s for run of the mill games, Ashley is doing this as he can’t be having empty seats showing on the tv and to try and counter the stay away fans.

He’s basically telling them to fu.. off, it’ll polarise a lot of fans to their stance.’

‘The sad thing is this news will kill them more than anything else

10 thooosand free season tickets for the best fans in the werld.’

‘They give away 10,000 season cards, Newcastle are a massive club 😆


‘Would be interesting if we gave away 10k to see how many would actually accept them at the moment.’

‘The self obsessed best supported club in the werld are never ever living this one down.’

‘What if the ST holders not attending at the moment decide to go? Surely if they’re giving away 10,000 tickets they’ll not all get in?’

‘The world famous number 9….

thousand free season tickets.’

Ya dont even need to buy a happy meal.’


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