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