Chris Mort To Give Kids New Deal at Newcastle

The Newcastle United chairman is set to launch new half-season tickets aimed at the children he knows have been priced out of the Premier League in the last few years.


Chris Mort – looking at getting more kids at Newcastle’s games

Here’s some of the good stuff that Chris Mort is doing behind the scenes at the club, and it just shows you how the new Chairman thinks. And it seems he ‘s been talking to Bobby Robson about some things too, along the way.

Let’s take a look at what Chris has in mind, it sounds good to us:

“At the Liverpool game (on November 24), we had 52,000 – a fabulous attendance, but less than five per cent were under the age of 16” “Originally, I didn’t think we’d do half-season tickets,” “I just thought that if people want to come along for games in the second half of the season, they could apply for tickets and it would be quite good to mix up the fan base.”

“But now I think we will do half-season season tickets for a couple of blocks and sell them cheaply to kids – maybe £50 for secondary school kids and £25 for junior school kids.”

“What do we want the profile of the club to look like in 10 years’ time? It would be good to get today’s kids coming to the ground and becoming Newcastle United supporters.” “Hopefully, that might make a good Christmas present.”

“Sir Bobby Robson has been telling me how, as a boy of less than 10, he’d come on the bus with his dad to games. And I’m thinking: ‘There are some little Bobby Robsons out there today, but they’re not coming!’”

“We’re also setting up a Newcastle United Foundation – a registered charity that will be the focus of all the community and charitable work we do.” “As part of that, we are going to start our own Football In The Community Scheme.”

“The Premier League and the Football League ended the old FITC scheme – which, although it bore our name, was run more or less independently of us.” “The new one will be more of a Newcastle United scheme.”

We knew Newcastle United was looking at doing more charity work in the community, and this is good news about their own FITC scheme. It’s also great that Chris is looking to get more kids at Newcastle’s games. That’s the way to bring our new supporters into the club, and they’ll have happy memories of Newcastle – especially if we can win some games. 😀

But we really like what Chris is trying to do at Newcastle, and he seems to be moving fast on a number of fronts, now that he has settled into running the club on a day to day basis.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • dobbo

    Dec 10, 2007 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #1

    good new on both fronts.

    lets hope we can find local talent to wear the shirts with pride, passion and save the club millions in the future.

  • George

    Dec 10, 2007 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #2

    nice move by the chairman and managing director. These half price tickets will make nice stocking fillers, but, in this world and the dangers our youngsters are open to, what about the price on the ticket for an accompanying adult. There are many parents who are on the breadline who would love to buy their child a cut price ticket but are hampered by the price it costs for an adult to escort them.
    I have no children but it would be nice if this cut price offer included a parents package aswell.
    Lets face it we need the vocal support of the genuine fan in the ground not the corporate sound of handshakes and glasses chinking like it is now.

  • Len

    Dec 10, 2007 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #3

    I like Chris Mort a lot. Maybe not having any football background is a big advantage, he is still sane and can see the obvious.

  • big pea ov the weab

    Dec 10, 2007 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #4

    giv us all cheap tickets mr mort

  • SW

    Dec 10, 2007 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #5

    This never would have happened under the previous regime. Fair play to Mort for his business savvy and desire to attract the youth on Tyneside.

  • Bill F

    Dec 10, 2007 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #6

    How about Mr Mort setting up a freeview channel for us exiles as well.

  • Leo

    Dec 10, 2007 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #7

    well im 20 so does that count me for cheaper season tickets??

  • Toon Al

    Dec 11, 2007 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Mort has impressed me with his outlook on the club, its not that i didnt expect changes, but he makes announcements about things that dont really occur to me haha. he does have an innovative business brain, but i think he could loosen the purse strings in jan a bit… he should know our net expenditure this summer wasnt THAT bad!


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