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Why 10,000 free Newcastle United season tickets are going to boost atmosphere – Or maybe not…

11 months ago
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It is the season of festive cheer.

As fans we have had the early visit of Santa Ashley to St James Park (giving out 10,000 free Newcastle United season tickets).

Now, I am not going to go through the good/bad side of that festive saga in this little tale.

Instead I would like to share a tale that has arisen in my mate’s family.

I have had cause to come home to Newcastle lately, only unfortunately for one day, but one day is better than nothing.

It wasn’t on a match day either, so no decision for me to make on going/ not going, not that I would have.

The visit was to meet a mate and visit some old college haunts, we had to refrain from alcohol as we would both have to drive back over the border, we’ll just have to visit again then as we had make do with coffee, over which this tale was told, previous to which I hadn’t known about this wonderful Santa Ashley gift to the fans.

Now my mate is unusual, he isn’t interested in football, nor is his son or his wife or ex-wife, I ask you what sort of family is this.

His son’s father in law and his ex-wife’s husband are fans though and are indeed season ticket holders.

So the tale unfolds that my mate’s son’s father in law gets my mate’s son a season ticket (one of these very expensive Santa ones) in the hope he will go with him.

Now to add to the fun, my mate’s step father doesn’t get on with his step daughter in law. or to a large extent his step son, so when told, he decided that it would be good for my mate’s ex-wife to accompany him to the games and another of these ‘expensive’ Santa tickets is purchased.

This has to do with the fact that next to him in the stadium were two empty seats, he didn’t want them sitting next to him.

The upshot to this is, that the seats that the son and his step father in law had, were nowhere near that which had been bought for the wife.

When asked why she was going to be now going to the games, my mate’s ex replied “well I get a free meal.”

This is really going to improve the atmosphere…

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