The Newcastle club have surprisingly taken only half of their ticket allocation for the first two away games at Manchester United and Wolves.
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It turns out that Newcastle fans were offered just 1,800 tickets for the Red Devils game, although the club could have secured double that number of tickets, and surely would have been able to sell them.
It seems that the club is losing out on the terrific and valuable support offered by the best supporters in the land, by not taking their full allocation of away day tickets.
The Evening Chronicle quotes Bill Redhead, 64, from Chapel House estate, Newcastle, who organizes coach trips to away games, as saying:
“For the club to take such a little allocation when double that is on offer is ridiculous.” “At Manchester we could have taken easily 4,000 fans, like we did to Rangers in a pre-season friendly.”
The Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust (NUST) have rightly warned that the loss of away support could adversely impact the club’s chances of picking up valuable points in the Premier League, and NUST chairman Mark Jenson said today:
“Newcastle United went down 3-0 in a spirited but ultimately pointless performance at Old Trafford. “However, the most disappointing aspect for many was the fact that NUFC failed to take up all of their ticket allocation.”
“As well as making headlines on the pitch last season, Newcastle’s travelling support lived up to its reputation in terms of both the numbers travelling and the good natured vocal support to the team,”
A spokesman for the Newcastle club tried to explain things today:
“Newcastle United receives an allocation of tickets for away games from the home club, and this is often on the basis of 50% sale or return for the first batch – and then 50% sale only.”
“For each game the club looks at numbers of tickets available compared to the demand from our supporters and bases its decision on that.”
“For Manchester United, yes the club could have had more tickets but based on the demand we had, the number of tickets we would have to have taken from them did not justify requesting them.”
It seems that the second 50% allocation cannot be returned, so that if the club do not sell them they are left with the tickets and the cost. That would tend to explain the reluctance of the club to get the second batch of 50% to some degree.
But maybe an easy solution to this is for the Newcastle fans who want to travel to the away games to let the club know early that they are interested – and in this way, hopefully, the club will be better able to judge the demand.
After all we should be able to work out this problem, because it’s obviously in the best interests of the Newcastle club and players to have the most fans possible at our away games, which we did famously last season.
The next two away games following the Wolves game are at Everton on Saturday 18th September, KO 3:00 pm and then Manchester City on Sunday 3rd October, KO 1:30 pm – so if you are interested in attending these games – let the club know – now.
The Everton tickets are on sale now and you can buy them here.