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Chelsea fans helped by club for Newcastle United trip – Why won’t Mike Ashley do the same?

2 weeks ago
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Chelsea fans watched on as their team won the  Champions League earlier this year.

Now those same Chelsea fans see their side is top of the Premier League as we enter this international break.

As Newcastle United supporters, we simply know our place now when it comes to (not!) being competitive on the pitch…

What about off it?

Well, the two clubs are worlds apart, Mike Ashley continuing to treat the supporters with absolute contempt. Newcastle is the only Premier League club that refuses to even communicate with its fans either directly or through the media – apart form Steve Bruce’s press conferences.

I saw an official announcement for Chelsea fans from their club today. It was giving them details of when they play up on Tyneside at the end of this month.

The official announcement gave ticket details and how to get them, the usual prices for away matches now that all away games for all Premier League clubs are capped at £30 maximum for the time being.

They are taking the full allocation of 3,227 tickets for the Chelsea fans, however, there was something of particular interest when I read on.

Their club are supplying coach travel at a heavily subsidised price of only £10 each for Chelsea fans wanting to come to Newcastle. The way it is just casually mentioned I take it this isn’t just a one-off, although it is their longest Premier League trip of the season.

In this day and age with times tough for so many people economically, especially in the north east, plus general price rises and specifically home energy charges going up, taxes (national insurance for starters) as well. Why can’t Mike Ashley do anything whatsoever for Newcastle fans, in particular the hardcore supporters who regularly travel away?

The latest round of TV changes announced last month (see below, next lot of changes provisionally due to be announced next Monday 11 October), saw ridiculous changes made to Newcastle’s away match schedule and yet our club do absolutely nothing in terms of objecting to the massive inconvenience for the supporters.

The Arsenal away game moved to 12.30pm on a Saturday when we already know there will be delays anyway on trains, due to work on the lines.

Worst of all though, Brighton away moved to a 5.30pm kick-off on a Saturday, meaning it is impossible to get back by train / public transport to Tyneside that night.

At the very least, why can’t Newcastle put on £10 coach travel for anybody who wants it for games moved for TV that massively benefit NUFC financially.

Even more specifically, surely as the barest of minimums, at least put on cheap travel for Brighton, preferably free, with the option as well for fans to say travel down by train if that is what they’d prefer, BUT have the option of getting a free / heavily subsidised coach back to Newcastle?

Up to the end of November 2021 this is how the NUFC Premier League schedule looks:

Sunday 15 August 2pm – Newcastle 2 West Ham 4 (Sky Sports)

Saturday 21 August 3pm – Aston Villa 2 Newcastle 0

Saturday 28 August 3pm – Newcastle 2 Southampton 2

Saturday 11 September 3pm – Man Utd 4 Newcastle 1

Friday 17 September 8pm – Newcastle 1 Leeds 1 (Sky Sports)

Saturday 25 September 3pm – Watford 1 Newcastle 1

Saturday 2 October 3pm – Wolves 2 Newcastle 1

Sunday 17 October 4.30pm – Spurs home (Sky Sports)

Saturday 23 October 3pm – Crystal Palace away

Saturday 30 October 3pm – Chelsea home

Saturday 6 November 5.30pm – Brighton away (BT Sport)

Saturday 20 November 3pm – Brentford home

Saturday 27 November 12.30pm – Arsenal away (BT Sport)

This announcement of November games was six days late compared to the original planned schedule (see below).

The next scheduled announcement for the next set of Newcastle United Live TV matches is Monday 11 October 2021, when the live TV choices for December 2021 and January 2022 are set to be announced.

Premier League Official Announcement:

‘Fixtures are amended throughout the season for several reasons, including live TV broadcast selections and to accommodate domestic and European cup competitions.

For this reason, Premier League fixtures are always advertised as being subject to change.

Below are the approximate dates for when the announcements on matches that have been selected for live TV broadcast will be made.

Period of matches (Provisional date of announcement)

September 2021 (5 July 2021)

October 2021 (6 August 2021)

November 2021 (16 September 2021)

December 2021 and January 2022 (11 October 2021)

February 2022 (14 December 2021)

March 2022 (24 January 2022)

April 2022 (21 February 2022)

May 2022 (4 April 2022)

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