Newcastle United are to drop their prices, in an attempt to lure back missing fans to St. James’ Park.
It’s not really a price cut but more accurately Newcastle will simply pass on the 2.5% VAT cut in this week’s emergency pre-budget report to the fans, but the reduction will not come into effect until the visit of Spurs on December 21st.
That’s because matches between now and the December 21 game have already gone on sale. This will not impact Newcastle’s take at home games.
Steve Wraith, editor of fanzine Fans Inc, had the following to say about the move:
“I think it’s a good gesture on behalf of the club,” he said. “It’s good PR and a step in the right direction.”
“In the whole scheme of things we’ve lost numbers because of the credit crunch but a lot of fans won’t come back while the current regime are still there and unfortunately I can’t see that happening for a while.”
“I don’t think there will be any big change (in attendances) until then.”
But of course Steve is right that it’s not just the prices that are keeping away Newcastle fans, but the total mismanagement of the club in the last several months, which is now on the chopping block to be sold. But the state of the world economy is hardly conducive to a sale at the moment.
Until new owners come in, and a new permanent manager is appointed, it’s hard to see fans flocking back to St. James’, unless of course Joe Kinnear can put together a big winning streak, which would certainly start to fill the terraces again.
The cheapest adult tickets for the Spurs game is now £29, and the discount is also valid on official Newcastle United merchandise purchased from club shops.
Our next home game is against Stoke City on 6th December, which is a must win game against fellow strugglers.