Chairman Mort Leaves His Stamp On Newcastle

A singing section of the ground and more family seats are among the changes announced today by Newcastle’s Chairman Chris Mort, as the club introduced their season ticket plans for next season, 2008-2009.


Chris Mort – right in Toon with Newcastle’s supporters

Renewal forms are being mailed out and will be delivered next week. Included will be a price freeze for season-ticket holders who are willing to sign up for tickets for the next 3 seasons.

That’s sounds like a decent deal, with Kevin being at the club for the next 3 seasons. 😀

The most interesting change is the introduction of what is being called the Leazes Corner.

Prices there start at £390 for adults – and they are for fans who are willing to sing and generate a generally noisy atmosphere.

Another good change by the club, and most welcome, and they have almost tripled the size of the family enclosure – where season tickets will cost just £300 for adults and £100 for children.

That’s a great move by the club, who recognize it’s the youngsters who are the future support for the club.

On a personal note, I remember going with my Dad to St. James’ in the late 40s and early 50s, way before I was 10 years old, and being warned because I kept running after the ball when it went out of touch.

That was at the Leazes end when they had those big concrete barriers that took some getting over, to get onto the field, particularly when you weren’t too big to start with. 😀

The new plans were revealed by chairman Chris Mort after feedback from numerous Newcastle supporters. It’s probably one of Chris’ final acts before he is expected to step down later this summer.

These are good moves by Mort, and show how much he got in touch with the real fans while he was Chairman.

Chris Mort said today:

“Over the course of the year I’ve spoken to lots of fans about how we can improve things at St James’ Park.”

“Two themes have regularly cropped up in those conversations.”

“One was somehow creating a section in the ground where like-minded fans – who enjoy singing – can come together to generate a great atmosphere and get behind the team for 90 minutes.”

“The other issue was getting more of our younger fans into the ground.”

“And I really think with the changes we are making for next season we’ve been able to deliver on both.”

“We want Leazes Corner to be a place where the noise and backing for the team really causes a stir, and we’ve purposely reduced prices for fans to sit in that section of the ground.”

“The larger family enclosure, with reduced prices, furthers our commitment to looking after young supporters.”

“Something we started last season with the ticket initiatives for the friendlies, and which we continued with the 10-game season tickets after Christmas.”

The increased family enclosure will move to Level 7 in the Milburn Stand, and away fans will be moved to accommodate the new hopefully very noisy Leazes Corner.

Any fan willing to pay 3 seasons up front will also get a 10% deduction on the 3 seasons, another good deal.

Additional changes will see the expansion and relocation of the Press Box in the Milburn Paddock. That’s to house the increased number of journalists, as we challenge for the league and also for the European games we’ll be part of. Another good move. 😀

Finally, a club statement said:

“Any fan who is moving as a result of these changes will NOT have to pay a higher price – even if they are moved to a more expensive area.”

The club are finally listening to their customers, the loyal Newcastle fan base, and these seem to be very good changes made by the club. We can hear a lot of fans saying – “and about time”

In business, you can’t go too far wrong if you listen to what your customers are telling you – and that’s exactly what Chris has done – we knew he was an excellent businessman.   😀

The deadline for 2008/09 season tickets will be Tuesday, June 17.

73 comments so far

  • toontoon

    May 23, 2008 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #1

    Great idea this singing section, but my seat is where the away fans are!!! What will happen?

  • ED

    May 23, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #2

    wall virginity!

    the plans sound gd tho…

    no doubt we will soon hav a depressing story about another player that got away to counter this one.

  • Petworth (DC) Mag

    May 23, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Anyone here planning on getting tix in the Leazes Corner?

    I am seriously considering finding a job on Tyne-side, crossing the pond, and joining the choir!

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 23, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #4

    leave your stamp by bringing us gomez or turan and veloso

  • Eric

    May 23, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #5

    This news shows the direction NUFC is really going. Just shows what a load of tripe the Daily Mail and others peddle about what they think is going on in the club! Let’s hope Mort’s replacement is as enlightened – but please no roulette wheel on the centre circle!

  • OzZyMagpiE

    May 23, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #6

    blah blah blah any news of potential signings lads?

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 23, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #7

    ozzymagpie- i would love if i could tell you some good news mate……. but i cant!

  • chennai toon

    May 23, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #8

    ozzymagpie are u from australia

  • Newcastle United.

    May 23, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #9

    This is brilliant. Everyone shut up about signings for now lets talk about who’s renewing and where etc.

    Leazes Corner here i come.

  • ED

    May 23, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #10

    does anyone know the age boundries for adult?


  • Bill F

    May 23, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #11

    Ennui, ennui and even more ennui.

  • ED

    May 23, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #12

    and please no sarcastic comments. I was wondering the price for 16 year olds as we get charged adult prices for certain things (bus, cinema) but not for others.

  • Bosck

    May 23, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #13

    not that i want to be a pessimist, but if the leazes corner season tickets are cheaper how are they gonna monitor if people are actually singing or just signing up for the cheaper tickets in that area.

    i am sure that most people who buy them in that section will do so honestly to sing non stop, but some will do so just for the cheap tickets.

  • obafemimartins

    May 23, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #14

    i will be renewing my season ticket in the john hall stand

  • Andy C

    May 23, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #15

    I feel sorry for the people currently sitting at the ‘glass’ end of the leazes – the only place they can move to is ‘leazes corner’ and the view there is definatly not as good. And also the leazes corner is supposed to be the singing section and the people being moved there dont currently make much noise from the ‘glass’ end so will they now sing?/do they want to sit in a singing section?

    I thought there was already a singing section – to the right of the away fans on level 7 leazes. This noticeably improved the atmosphere last season and is helped by the close proximity to the away fans, which will now be lost. It wouldve been easier to let everyone know that this is the singing area and swap people who didnt want to sit there anymore with people that did.

    Also I thought the whole point of having the away fans in ‘leazes corner’ was because they are the worst seats in the ground. Now NUFC fans have to pay to sit there.

    I think this move has more to do with saving money on stewarding than anything else.

  • OzZyMagpiE

    May 23, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #16

    yea chennai toon i’m livin in perth,Western Australia now.. but was born in Ontario, Canada.
    Whatz up?

    geordie gerrard i hope u could mate.. was gutted abt the modric saga n juz hopin not to be for turan…. i kno we’ve got to get over modric n all.. itz juz dat.. in e postion we’re in, such players are diamonds in a rough and we shud snap em up asap…. juz hate the anxiety…was feelin the same way when Wor Al was decidin btwn us and da mancs =p

  • daiv

    May 23, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #17

    It would be nice if he left some money to buy players. So far its all talk and no product. Come on Ashley get your hand in your pocket or get out. I’d rather be in debt and he spent £100M on players. It looks like he’s getting the finances in order so he can sell up and make a profit. He must be the tightest owner in the Prem.

  • Andy C

    May 23, 2008 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #18

    Judge MA on signings at the start of the new season not 5 minutes after the last one finished.

  • daiv

    May 23, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #19

    Andy C
    Fair point. I smell a rat thats all. All the senior management really support other teams, so what is Ashley and his mates doing at NUFC? Never saw him at NUFC (with or without shirt) before he bought the club.

  • faustino

    May 23, 2008 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #20

    TBH why every fan in the place isn’t singing is still a f*ck*n mystery to me it really is.

  • Marat18

    May 23, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #21

    that’s a really boring day today.

    just a thought – Galatasaray president and ArdaTuran’s agent were quite loud in the first few days, not we have not heard any single word from them.
    May be Dennis Wise and Jimenez just said them to shout up and do the bussiness propely?

  • daiv

    May 23, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #22

    Too many old disillusioned fans in the ground. They couldn’t raise a cough.

  • daiv

    May 23, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #23


  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 23, 2008 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #24

    oh suprise suprise, another day with no news.


    May 23, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #25

    werent there plans to rise the capactiy to 60 thousand?

    Did Ashely stop that? – was really looking forward to seeing the glass around the threee stands,

  • Steven1979

    May 23, 2008 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #26

    not lose ur belief fella..
    may be we’ll have a Friday surprise tonight..

  • Andy C

    May 23, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #27


  • macitect

    May 23, 2008 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #28

    Good stuff CM has done!

    Can’t believe how affordable tix are!!! (NHL tix here in Montreal start at $5,000 for anywhere that you can actually see the puck from).

    Signings and transfers – chill guys! The big boys at the club have said that they are serious about making NUFC successful on and off the pitch. I think they have given proof that they are serious about it. Slow and steady wins the race. You guys say you want success but with all these comments it seems many are simply after drama. Business is best done quietly. If NUFC are serious about certain players then I think, given what we’ve seen this season, they’ll pursue them seriously without overpaying. If none of your dream signings happen then wait for some of the lesser known signings to exceed expectations.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 23, 2008 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #29

    may well do, but whats the chances ey? very slim


    May 23, 2008 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #30

    The sad thing is i miss the drama – it all added to the excitement of transfers.

    To be fair though i like the fact that its not like that anymore too, its more professionsal now.

    The only thing that i really want to know, to which i speak on behlaf of everyone here is the direction/calibre of player the toon are targeting.

    Not hearing anything apart from poor journalism makes it hard, and frustrating

    e.g. One story we are competing with bolton and wolves the next spurs, chels, barca, madrid.

  • Marat18

    May 23, 2008 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #31

    but real Big Boys are not always so quiet.

    for example last season Bayern Munich finished 4th in the league and failed to qualify to CL. Then their president said: “expect big signings this summer, funds will be found.”
    AC Milan bosses say: this summer we will sign few star players (Flamini is signed already, Drogba and Ronaldinho probably to follow).
    Peter Kenyon made the same statement.

    That’s like in Pulp Fiction movie:
    I don’t wanna hear about no ifs. All I wanna hear from Mike Ashley is: “You have nothing to worry about, there are funds available. We know that we are short of midfielders and gonna sign some quality.”
    And then in ideal world Mike Ashley goes public and says: “You have nothing to worry about, there are funds available. We know that we are short of midfielders and gonna sign some quality.”

  • Taiwantoon

    May 23, 2008 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #32

    Don’t really think any dream signings would happen. I am just hoping the board to support KK all the way in the transfer market espercially after the excuse of last summer. Just wanna to see commitment really.

  • lee

    May 23, 2008 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #33

    i honestly dont think well make to many big name signings it will probably just be players who know one has heard of though thats not to say they wont be good and it doesnt matter whoi we sign as long as we do well next year as for the news on the stadium i yhink it is a good thing if any one wants to know a bit more about this log on to toon anfd for the few that have not heard about them no they are not a hooligan group

  • Steven1979

    May 23, 2008 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #34

    if we are really after players like Wokes or Remy or Shorey, our transfer funds for this summer should be really short and depressive..
    we’ve enough players like them in our team that they rarely come to the bench or first team..
    it makes no sense..
    but it shows Ashleys concept and plan..they will buy someone just for show..nobody and crap..
    like smith&co..

  • Toon1978

    May 23, 2008 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #35

    Smith was a good player at MANURE but has went down hill dramatically. The kid needs another chance IMO but we still need to bring in some top players.

  • toonoholic

    May 23, 2008 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #36

    turan , veloso , ashravin , gomez , kompany
    and then we can think of spending 1 mn on others .

  • Steven1979

    May 23, 2008 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #37

    I am watching Tuolon tournement..Italy-Turkey..
    LB from Turkey number 7 Caner Erkin..amazing kid..take a look if u can..


    May 23, 2008 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #38

    Toonaholic big fan of your dream team. However still not convinved with ashravin. But on the whole like it.

    however think we can drop the David Dein signing. As there are stories about Frank Arnesen;

    However, football chief Frank Arnesen is under pressure, according to sources. (tribal – which means its likely to be lies)

    but Arneson is good at what he does – Frank Arnesen – hes awesome would be a big fan if got him.

    But still players over board at the moment

  • Steven1979

    May 23, 2008 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #39

    italian number 7 Lanzafame is very good player too..turkish number 20 Yelen(Hansa Rostock) is a good defensive mid..I think Italian striker Pelle no:19 can be a new Ibrahimovic..

    i check the Turkish LB number 7 Caner(19 years old)..He plays in CSKA moskow..they paid him 2 years ago 4mn. lol

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 23, 2008 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #40

    noooooooooooooo news agaaaaaaaiiiinnnnn!


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