Newcastle Pass On VAT Reduction To Fans

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.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 27, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #1


  • Ausgeordie

    Nov 27, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #2

    bit of a joke really… bout getting the important things sorted first. Cant believe the fat prick has not said anything yet… would seem he really does not give a stuff about the team or the fans….either that or he truly has NO idea how to run a football team.

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 27, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Ketspia has said he would jump at the toon job…might be worth a punt : )

  • Micky Toon

    Nov 27, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #4

    What a generous move from the club, so on a ticket for the milburn stand that can cost around £60 you will save a whopping £1.50 not even enough to buy a pint in the ground.
    You’ll save a massive 80p on a £32 ticket.

    So unless you are so strapped for cash that 80p would make a big difference to your finances then you are going to love this move. However in the real world it’s just another pile of crap to come from the offices at SJP.
    Did they really think that people would suddenly decide to turn up because they were saving 80p? I can’t believe that fanzine kidda thinks this is actually a good PR move for the club, when it’s actually taking the pee out of the fans as they think they can fool us with marketing spin.

  • rooks

    Nov 27, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #5

    incredible! and Owen will be available at the new lower price of £4.75M

  • UTD111

    Nov 27, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #6

    Who the hell is Steve Wraith and how come he gets his head everywhere claiming to speak on behalf of NUFC fans??? He’s just a self appointed fanzine editor – the only difference is that – as opposed to the Mag, nobody has ever heard of his fanzine!!

  • UTD111

    Nov 27, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #7

    Never mind passing on the VAT saving – Ashley should pass on a FAT saving or better still, just booger off with his mates the dwarf and the silent charman ….

  • brownrob

    Nov 27, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #8

    Is it just me… or is it that this blog is getting a lot of comments from eejits who yammer on at the same thing over and over. Getting a tad boring, and I know the response Ill get, and Im not going to go there! 😀

    Im not an Ashley sympathiser, Im just a Toon fan, but I cant help feeling anything done by the current regime will end up in scorn and ridicule. I do enjoy reading Eds blog and I will continue to do so, but Ed is in a very powerful position here, and can influence a lot of people on this site, I realise its his blog, but sensationalist reporting doesnt help anyone, and its the reason the red tops are despised.

    Rant Over!

  • Mark-o

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #9

    it’ll not bring the fans back.

    Not until fat ash has set sail back to cock-ney land!!! Lets just hope that ship goes the same way as the titanic!

  • Mark-o

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #10

    Ditto Brownrob

  • Rem

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #11

    Micky Toon –

    its still something, if you went to 20 games, then you have saved thirty pound. it is better than them not reducing the prices, even thou the tax has gone down.

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #12

    Don’t pass on the tax cut=The club are money grabbers etc…Do pass on the tax cut= The club are still whatever…Shit the bed!?!..

  • selly no skill

    Nov 27, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #13

    cant understand why a lot of the fans constantly go on about communication from ashley,infact ed,your the worst for it.mike ashley is the many times do you see abramovich address the chelsea fans,or glazer,lerner or gillett and hicks talk to liverpool fans.the guilty party is lambias,he should have grown some balls and said a few things by now.ashley is guilty for appointing him,guilty for the appointment and resignation of keegan,and the structure that he’s put in place.i cant help but think now that if i had bought a club for all that money,to put keegan in charge when by his own admittance never watched a game for 3 years and give him millions to burn would have been daft.whether dennis wise has been up to no good or just doing his job,we have some wonderful new players in jonas and colo.xisco was always for the future.bassong too,but he already looks class.we need to lift the negativity around the whole club to move what if ashley makes money.any owner would,but at least we can start enjoying the match again instead of bickering and sniping at each other.sometimes i think that is what people prefer nowadays.

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 27, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #14

    Aye selly!..

  • Micky Toon

    Nov 27, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Hold on a second. All I’m saying is that from what has been posted by Ed, that this is being trumpeted more than it actually should be. I was trying to point out that an 80p saving isn’t exactly going to suddenly start bringing the stay aways back into the ground. The club has done the right thing by passing on the savings, but it’s not like they had a choice really is it? If they kept the prices the same then they would be putting the price of tickets up. The VAT free price of a ticket would have to go up to keep the price on the same level as it is now. Imagine the out cry if that had happened! Old cockney mafia greedy boy mike putting the prices up. Fenwicks would have a massive rush on bedsheets. 🙂
    I’m not someone who has a go at the club, it’s owner or it’s board members just for the hell of it. People who’ve been on here for a bit will know that I’ve never been part of the whole ASHLEY OUT!!! COCKNEY MAFIA!!! DENNIS WISE IS A W*&*^&er!!! KEEGAN IS GOD!!!! brigade. If I feel someone has done a good job I will say so. If I think someone has done a good job I will say so and if I think the club and it’s “fans voice” from Fans Inc. are pulling a cheap publicity stunt I will say that too.


    Nov 27, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #16

    yet another transparent ruse,ashley really does not have any respect for the fans.

  • Whumpie

    Nov 27, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #17

    DISCOUNT??? What discount?

    Even the title “Pass on VAT reduction” is misleading.

    All that’s happened is that NUFC have DECIDED NOT TO RAISE THEIR PRICES to swallow up the extra the government’s given them. They’ve just done nowt, as you’d expect.

    Come on, Ed – get with their programme. You and this Steve Wraith blerk are making out the club has done something generous, when what they’ve actually done is nowt except decide not to increase prices by 2.5%.


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