What’s Going On At Newcastle?


Amazing news today that Newcastle United season ticket holders are being given a 10 year price freeze.

The fabulous St. James’ Park

There seem to be some significant changes announced today by the Newcastle club, with the upper tier extension of the family enclosure being increased by 1500 to a capacity of 6,500.

It seems there has been a growing demand for families to go to the games, so the club have moved to meet the demand, which is good to hear.

And anybody signing up for the next 10 years for a season ticket – will get a price freeze over that time-frame.

It’s similar to what was offered in 2008 by Chris Mort, when season ticket holders were asked to pay up for season tickets for three years,  and got a price freeze over that time-frame too.

And also those supporters who backed the club during their dark times, after being relegated two years ago, will also be offered a 10% discount, and that’s really good to hear.

Those fans were priceless to Newcastle, as the club emerged from the second division in great style, backed by just tremendous support from the Geordie faithful.

News also that the Newcastle are introducing a Young Persons’ Area in the Sir John Hall Stand North West corner, and the younger fans between 18 and 21 years of age can now pick up a season ticket there for just £265.

Simon Esland is the Newcastle United head of customer operations, and talked about the news this morning on the official site:

“It means supporters can freeze their tickets right up to the 2021/22 season. We know it’s a difficult time for everyone so we’re trying to do all we can for the fans.”

“They will have to commit a minimum of one year and we will contact them every February to see if they want to renew their ticket. If they don’t then they can opt out at the end of the year, there are no ties.”

“The message to the singing section is this – if you are under 18 then you can stay with family and friends.” “We need a larger family capacity and rather than finding a family capacity – in the 2007/08 season we had 650 seats for families and now it’s 6,500.”

“We want fresh blood coming to watch the club. We are looking at our current support as well as the next generation of Newcastle fans.”

As part of these moves the away fan attendance will rise from 2,800 to 4,000.

These move seems like  good news from Newcastle, and could it be the club is actually thinking about their customers – the great Newcastle  fans?

Could be.

Just think, if somebody signs up for a season ticket for 10 years, Newcastle will probably have won the European Champions League at least three times by 2022 – so it seems a great deal to us. 😀

Now when is the Newcastle ground going to be increased in capacity to  60,000?

Comments welcome.



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57 comments so far

  • lewman

    Feb 8, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #1

    wow mike, that was nice of you

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  • lewman

    Feb 8, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #2

    is this really happening

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  • connor_nufc

    Feb 8, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #3

    1st

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  • skutball1892

    Feb 8, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #4

    Turns out you can pay for it monthly too, so no shelling out £3500 in one go. Really good news, can’t wait for my renewal sheet. And does this mean no more leazes end?

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  • john_cena163

    Feb 8, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #5

    Wow, 60,000 we are riseng

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  • john_cena163

    Feb 8, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #6

    We are a big club

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  • jettson

    Feb 8, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #7

    its a money-grabbing con!
    money up front before he has invested the 35m plus on players!!
    Until you see investment on the pitch then no more season tickets for me,had one for 22years but no more! i want to see a statement of intent by the FCB, i want to see money spent on quality!! to me this looks better to any potential buyer!
    No singing corner as he doesnt like the grief! so level 7 will only be away fans (4000 now) and families, would u want your family sitting next to away fans??
    make no commitment til the start of the season! once bitten twice shy!!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 8, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #8

    view to sell, i feel pocket all that one can pocket.

    Good news none the less.

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  • Davies

    Feb 8, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #9

    Jettson; it’s actually not a money grabbing con. When the new fair play rules kick off next season, clubs will only be allowed to spend the money they generate themselves.

    A lot of clubs will use these rules as an excuse to put their ticket prices up. This has been the main concern about the new rules.

    This is actually a very positive step by the club. It’s putting the supporters first. I doubt many other clubs will follow suit.

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  • Toon1892

    Feb 8, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #10

    We need a new singing section.

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  • john_cena163

    Feb 8, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #11

    http://www.sportinglife.com/football/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=soccer/11/02/07/SOCCER_Arsenal_Walcott.html&TEAMHD=soccer&BID=165
    “Newcastle taught us a lesson. They showed us how to play against 10 men. We are known for keeping the ball. On Saturday we didn’t.”

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  • skutball1892

    Feb 8, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #12

    Apparantly thee Leazes Singing Section is only being reduced by 1500 seats, not completely scrapped. Anyone know how many seats are in the corner?

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  • juliogeordio

    Feb 8, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #13

    easy to say of you have no intention of owning the club in a year or 2….

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  • k-man

    Feb 8, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #14

    Just a notice: I think many of you have too much faith to the new fair play rules.

    For the rich private owned teams like Man.City, it only means the owner must make a new marketing deal f.ex. with its own company and the club. This will still give the owner the possibility to pour all the money in the world into the club….. So no difference than it is today really…

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  • jettson

    Feb 8, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #15

    if the singing section is being reduced by 1500, and the away section increased by 1200, then theres 2700 seats taken plus segregation area, there goes the leazes singing corner!!

    i will hold my money in pocket til August, like i say after 22yrs iv had enough, im waiting for a atatement of intent, that means money spent on quality players!!to improve on what we have now!!

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  • Dax Trajero

    Feb 8, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #16

    Hmm, interesting.

    As was recently found by the European Court Of Justice, preventing someone from using an alternative decoder to watch Premier League football, would appear to contravene EU single market laws.

    If this decision remains, it would have a huge financial impact on Sky’s Sports channels, resulting in a large drop in revenue.

    The knock-on effect would mean Sky couldn’t pay huge amounts to the Premier League for the privilege of showing their football matches.

    The “knock-on knock-on” means Premier League clubs would only receive a fraction of the huge payments that make up the bulk of their revenue from Sky

    A cynical person could speculate ticket prices will drop considerably over the next 10 years.

    “Make hay while the sun shines” is an expression that springs to mind

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  • skutball1892

    Feb 8, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #17

    Just had a search around and there’s 3575 seats in the Leazes Corner, so it looks like there’ll still be 2000 seats there for the singing section. And I’ve heard nothing of the away end increasing =S

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  • Toon1892

    Feb 8, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #18

    skutball…the away end will increase from 2800 to 4000

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  • Toon1892

    Feb 8, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #19

    1500 extra for family enclosure,extra 1200 for away fans,take into account segregation…bang goes the singing section.

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  • skutball1892

    Feb 8, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #20

    Well that sucks balls, obviously this is happening from the abuse Ashley gets with the FCB chants etc. Gonna be hard to create an atmosphere now 🙁

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 8, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #21

    How would that impact if there was sale of the club, say in the next 3 years?

    Would new owners have to observe that 10 year price freeze?

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  • G

    Feb 8, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #22

    k-man @ 14. I think Platini has already warned that he will be policing this policy, and if it happens will deduct points or even relegate teams over this, but you are right, as it’s nearly impossible to police.

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  • Solaidback

    Feb 8, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #23

    Well from what I’ve read, its an ‘OFFER’, it doesn’t mean you have to take it, you can pay the increased prices if you want too, its entirely up to the individual what they do….. no one is putting a gun to yer heads & saying that you have to take the OFFER is there….. lol 🙂

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  • lewman

    Feb 8, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #24

    kman, that may be true but it means more taxes go to our country if they try that as any deals will be taxed aswell as player sales so there is a slight upside but probably one that no one will notice.

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  • dave 1961

    Feb 8, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #25

    I think what this does is make it impossible to turn your back if you then lose your discount it does make sense for those that will buy tickets over 10 years as there is no money up front just the commitment to buy for ten years, and the corner has had 1500 empty seats most of the season, and the family section has been sold out.

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  • G

    Feb 8, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #26

    @ kman / lewman. I can’t find the exact quotes from Platini a few weeks back, but he did direct them to the ‘Rich clubs who would try to circumvent the rules’, so I assume he will be watching for the exact type of precedence which kman quoted, however, I still think that unless FIFA / EUFA bring in most of the accountants in Europe to police this, it’s going to be a difficult task indeed.

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  • dave 1961

    Feb 8, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #27

    and the fcb chants as Ashley hate’s them, he hates the cockney bit more that the FB

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  • skutball1892

    Feb 8, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #28

    Bit off topic but check out these photos:

    http://www.soccer24-7.com/forum/showthread.php?t=179447

    Would have loved to have been there during these times, looked class.

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  • The Leazus End

    Feb 8, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #29

    ime a season ticket holder for level 7 and the atmosphere is unrivaled to anywhere else, iff that was taken away with a family section i think this would be a disaster as would be welcoming more away fans

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  • cally8793

    Feb 8, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #30

    And also those supporters who backed the club during their dark times, after being relegated two years ago, will also be offered a 10% discount, and that’s really good to hear.

    ——————————————————-

    Where does it say about the 10%? That’s not on the nufc.co.uk article I don’t think

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  • G

    Feb 8, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #31

    skutball1892, thanks for the trip down memory lane. The funny thing is, when I sit on the Barrack road side of the ground now I still see the old press box in my mind’s eye.

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  • MacToon

    Feb 8, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #32

    skutball1892, some class pics, tx for the link 🙂

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  • skutball1892

    Feb 8, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #33
  • Flair:20

    Feb 8, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #34

    @Dax Trajero

    Interesting point but you can pay monthly/yearly by Direct Debit with no extra charge and NUFC say there’s “no tie-ins or catches, with an annual opt-out clause included if you decide you need to give up your season ticket for whatever reason”

    So if ticket prices do drop over the next ten years, it doesn’t look like NUFC are being quite so sinister with this 10 year offer after all 😉

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  • Tel

    Feb 8, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #35

    Juries out, sounds like a deal, but price fixed who knows which division we would be in, surely with a sell all policy relegation battles year on year cant be discarded. For me it has to be a two way deal a statement of intent from the club and maybe I would consider it, but then again a year on year get out clause seems unreal. reading between the lines the fat man is worried the 3 year deal has ended, he gets us to sign up to this deal, (many will) he then has a large sale of season tickets, showing an interest in keeping for 10 years, the books look better because of this and player sales and bingo…..one super saleable nufc.

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  • wynsleap

    Feb 8, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #36

    10 year deal sounds OK but can’t for the life of me understand why we want to increase the amount of away supporters in the ground – unless other clubs guarantee our supporters similar amounts of tickets at away games.

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  • stuckdownsouth

    Feb 8, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #37

    This is good news, of course if Cashley sells the a new owner could scrap it, but it’s still good news.

    I’m not surprised that the singing corner is going, what do people expect? To be honest if I was in his shoes i’d scrap it as well. It’s as shame as it adds to our unique atmosphere but like it or not (and there are plenty of us who don’t) he owns the club.

    Could this have anything to do with us breaking even?????

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  • Jamma

    Feb 8, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #38

    Just the fat man’s way of trying to keep a large number of punters coming in in case we are relegated if you ask me. Not a nice gesture – just good “PR”.

    http://tiny.cc/mycashley

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  • skutball1892

    Feb 8, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #39

    http://www.nufc.com

    Has full details of the changes AND the reviewed seating plan.

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