Season Ticket Reduction One Good Step Forward At Newcastle


Newcastle United today announced a reduction of around 9% in the cost of next season tickets at the Tyneside club for next seasopn.

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Newcastle are very well aware of course of the discontent of many Newcastle fans, after the soap opera events, that has been Newcastle United Football Club this season, and they don’t like it.

Many fans are thinking of giving it a miss next year, which is hardly surprising, but this must be looked on as a good practical move by the club, as the prices are rolled back to what they were two years ago.

But there is a time limit to get these prices– and fans wanting to renew their tickets for the same seats will have only until the end of May to take advantage of this offer.

The new prices promise the following:

  • A Gallowgate End season ticket will be cut to £494 after being £543 this term
  • More than 50% of all seats will be available to season ticket holders for £26 or less a game
  • A further expansion of the family enclosure with the majority of Milburn Stand Level Seven seats available at special family prices and parent and child season tickets available at the equivalent of £21 a match
  • Increasing the eligibility of junior price concessions from 16 to 18.

These look decent moves by the club and Managing Director Derek Llambias said:

“At a time when money is tight for supporters, football clubs have to recognize the sacrifices people make to continue following their team and offer any assistance they can in making games affordable to watch.”

“We have decided to reduce the majority of prices back to 2007/08 levels to help fans because we appreciate the big commitment they make in buying their season tickets every year.”

“We are also further increasing the Family Enclosure and raising the age of the junior price concession to 18 because young supporters represent our future.”

Newcastle have also indicated that fans who had taken advantage of a three-year price freeze of last summer, can continue to pay for their season tickets in interest-free monthly payments by direct debit.

Ticket reductions will apply in most areas but there will be no changes to Platinum Club pricing.

And there were quite a few fans had have already committed to buying three years’ worth of season tickets in advance, and have already paid that money.

So what happens for them?

Derek said:

“Those fans who bought season tickets in advance have shown a great deal of faith in the club.”

“I will be contacting them by letter to outline why their continued support remains crucial to everything we hope to achieve at Newcastle United going forward.”

“It has been a tough season, nobody will pretend otherwise, but together we must all look to better times ahead.”

Season ticket renewal packs will be sent out in April with a closing date at the end of May, and while prices will remain the same after this , fans will not be guaranteed their seat after that period.

It’s been a little dangerous in the past to compliment the Newcastle Board on anyhting, since they seem to have done their very best these past six months, to be the very worst Board in Newcastle’s history. and that’s saying something.

But this is a good deal for the great Newcastle fans, which is of course what the club is all about, and it’s exactly what the club should be doing.

The goal has to be to have 52,000 fans at every home game like in times gone by, but whether this will guarantee that is hard to tell.

Getting in 8 good new players in the summer probably will, and thsose will further strengthen the very decent squad we have right now, and unload Owen, Viduka, Geremi, Cacapa, Xisco and some others.

Mike Ashley, before things blew up with Kevin Keegan, had said the club were determined to bring in players who would be proud to wear the shirt, and after all the mess we’ve gone through, the club seems to have done that, with the club having some great characters, only too proud to be at the club.

After all we’ve gone through, that may come as a bit of a surprise to fans, but nevertheless it’s great to see, especially now that we are trying to get our good image back.

We have to look on the bright side, and after what has been the worst season for Newcastle fans in living memory, we just have to think that things will start improving – very soon.

Maybe this reduction in prices is the first step forward.

Howay The Lads!!



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28 comments so far

  • Joseph

    Feb 24, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #1

    1st i think good move i say

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  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Feb 24, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #2

    Good piece of pr by the club……

    I am feeling positive…as per 😉

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  • MDS

    Feb 24, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Fair play to the Board for everything that has happended lately: lower prices, more communication, sale of Zog, and the adding of young players. Not thrilled by the Given thing but seems like he was determined to leave. If this keeps up and we are able to offload the scruff and add to the squad in the summer all will be forgiven and forgotten as far as I’m concerned.

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  • coyote

    Feb 24, 2009 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #4

    “Those fans who bought season tickets in advance have shown a great deal of faith in the club.”

    anyone else notice he didn’t say what the club are going to do for those that showed this great deal of faith or did I miss it

    has to welcomed overall though
    them empty seats are finally being noticed it seems

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 24, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #5

    Ok so we can have cheaper tickets over the season but a standing ban in the leazes corner for free – nice trade.

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  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Feb 24, 2009 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #6

    TG…..

    You not think the singing corner would be better where the away fans are at the minute?

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  • Whumpie

    Feb 24, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #7

    I think they need to offer a little more to those who took the 3-year deal than “ta lots – stick with us” but overall this is a good move. It’s also Llambias following up his interview with actions and clear communications. Promising stuff.

    BUT as you say, it’s going to take some good players coming in and some clear progress along this ‘5-year plan’ to convince most people.

    My worry is that they won’t get the renewals, which will have a direct impact on the club’s ability to buy good players, and also remove one of the main reasons players cite when they sign for us: walking out in front of 52,000 of the world’s most passionate fans.

    I think we’ve seen enough now to believe that there is a plan with reasoning (if not football nouse) behind it. I just hope people give it a chance and keep turning up to games.

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 24, 2009 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #8

    Good move by the club – we need to fill those empty seats !

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Feb 24, 2009 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #9

    If everyone in the singing corner knows people are going to stand then where is the problem. Red Tape me thinks !

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  • Whumpie

    Feb 24, 2009 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #10

    It could be worse – Blackburn have actually been told to keep the noise down!

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 24, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #11

    Born Again –

    Apparently its a legal issue.

    Something to do with the angle and placement of the seating and levels is at the top most acceptable under law!

    Well just try and throw out x thousand – Id predict a riot!

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  • Micky Toon

    Feb 24, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #12

    coyote – you said “anyone else notice he didn’t say what the club are going to do for those that showed this great deal of faith or did I miss it”

    He did say what they were going to do. He is going to write to every single person who is currently in the scheme. I bet that makes you feel a lot better. 😉

    Good move by the club, but the cynic in me says it was something they had to do. Numbers in the ground are down and people are talking about not renewing for next year. They HAD to do this to try and get people back in the ground because they know the football won’t bring people in. :-0

    If you haven’t already got a season ticket, perhaps it’s time to bag that half season ticket so you know what seat you are going to get next year .

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 24, 2009 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Micky – I chose my seat when I bought my half season ticket. They said where do you wanna sit. I told them and hey presto.

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  • vivadavidkelly

    Feb 24, 2009 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #14

    it is good pr but people like myself, who signed up on the 3 year direct debit scheme wont be rewarded for our loyalty of sigining up for this during a bleak time. i think we should get a cheque at the end of the direct debit with 9% of the money we have forked out back. that is only fair. i am actually one of the few who can see alot of good with this regime, but this particular issue just looks as if they are taking the hardcore loyal fans for granted, knowing that they will turn up come wind, rain or shine

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  • It Could Be Worse...We Could Be Spurs -DC-

    Feb 24, 2009 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #15

    Ed you really need to give this whole “offload Xisco in the summer” a rest, he was bought for the future, as in not being sold in the summer. Got it? doubtful…

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  • Nick D

    Feb 24, 2009 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #16

    Getting our good image back – Kinnear, Nolan Barton hmmm!!

    If we don’t get a real manager for next season, 9 % price drops won’t keep 45000 coming in.

    Obviously no point changing now, but as soon as the final ball is kicked and if we are still in the PL, we should be looking at any one of :-

    Houllier, Ranieri, Jol, Van Gall, Martinez, Aguirre, Ketsbaia, Di Matteo.

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  • batty

    Feb 24, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #17

    hughton and calderwood put in charge for the rest ov the season

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  • Girth

    Feb 24, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #18

    yep, pr move straight out fo the book of Ed’s official double fav man Chris Mort!!! good and sensible move though.
    Whats the deal with – like me and my dad did – with people who have taken up the three year option? Llambias just said they go on paying as usual! Fair enough but is the overall price frozen or are they coming down in line with other seat prices?

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  • hitman

    Feb 24, 2009 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #19

    so is this just to get new season ticket holders..

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  • Nobby_Long

    Feb 24, 2009 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #20

    posted this on another thread earlier, but its more relevant here…..

    So, basically there is no mention of a reduction for those people that have already paid upfront at an agreed price, or signed the direct debit mandate for the next couple of years. Our reward for doing this to provide cash up fron the club, is to have the club reduce the price to about the same amount for those people that opted not to take out their offer.

    If the club does not reduce the amount of my ticket, after agreeing to sign up for three years, then I am going to cancel mine – what would be the point of carrying it on???? to pay up front for no benefit?

    I bl00dy well hope they have just omitted this from their press release – I am NOT A HAPPY BUNNY……time will tell

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  • UTD111

    Feb 24, 2009 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #21

    This is just moving deck chairs round on the Titanic…

    As usual with Ashley, everything boils down to money….its all he knows….

    Really want to fill the ground? Easy Peasy:

    Boot out the dwarf
    Boot out Llambiarse
    Boot out Kinnear
    Scrap the Director of Football crap…..

    Get a decent manager and give him full control
    Say you’re sorry for your mess and for selling the family silver in Given and Milner

    Give us the £7M profit back and add another £xM to spend on real players in the summer

    Over to you Cashley….

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  • Nobby_Long

    Feb 24, 2009 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #22

    Oh – and did anyone notice the renewal notices will be issued before we know which league we will be playing in????

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  • Nobby_Long

    Feb 24, 2009 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #23

    I’m sure the timing of the renewals is nothing to do with concerns about relegation, and by offering an incentive to buy at a reduced price now, or pay higher later, is to reward the loyal season ticket holders and not in anyway casued by a big concern that renewals would fall through the floor if we go down…….

    No, they just love us really………..

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  • Tommy_PA

    Feb 24, 2009 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #24

    http://newcastleunited.rivals.net/forum/pgePosts.aspx?threadId=401443&boardId=103&clubId=55

    There’s some discussion about this on another site, don’t know ho accurate it is E&OE.

    The general take is that the 3 year deal holders get nothing, and with the VAT reduction it is actually 6.5% for new ticket holders.

    As Nobby_Long mentions the renewal notices will be issued and have to be returned while there is still no guarantee of PL survival.

    Some better dialog, but like any sales pitch it may not tell you the whole truth. Buyer beware…

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  • UTD111

    Feb 24, 2009 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #25

    I don’t think the timing will matter……loads of fans have already decided they want nowt to do with this shower, and fifty quid isn’t going to change that.

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  • Sav

    Feb 25, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #26

    A lot less to do with ‘recognising the sacrifices people are making to support this club’ and a lot more to do with empty seats which reflect empty promises. Sorry Ed, I’d like to stand in your shoes but I’ve left my rosy specs at home.

    “It has been a tough season, nobody will pretend otherwise, but together we must all look to better times ahead.” Llambias can stick his patronising platitudes where the sun won’tfade them. He has only been around the club a wet weekend and done a universally-recognised shite job since he started. So please, Derek, stfu.

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  • Sav

    Feb 25, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #27

    One thing this may prove, is that empty seats and other economic pressure from fans in concert is a language Ashley and Llambias understand and respond to.
    ….either that or they are preparing us for life in the Championship.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 25, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #28

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