Derek Llambias has today defended the increase in membership costs for season ticket holders at Newcastle United.
Along with the announcement last week that the club are willing to keep prices unchanged, if season ticket holders sign up for the next nine years, the club are charging an extra £10 for membership this year.
The proviso is that all of the funds will now go towards helping the club improve the Newcastle Youth Academy.
Derek LLambias tried to explain the increases in the Sunday Sun today:
“Here, father and son – if they are season ticket holders – will pay £400 for the season.” “That’s £20 a game. It is not huge. Of course you have your travel and your burger which is maybe another tenner.”
“That is a day out and that is what it should be about.” “It is about families – it should not be about posing or whatever.” “We do not want to put prices up. People might say we have put membership up on the season tickets.”
“But that is going straight into the Academy.” “It was discounted for the first year but that is going into the Academy because we need to find the money from somewhere.”
Generally it seems that the new deals Newcastle have brought out are good for the fans, and it’s a little surprising to us that the club area limiting most of the season ticket revenues over the next nine years or so.
But the Board have probably rightly worked out that having sell-out crowds at St. James’ Park is good for almost everybody linked with Newcastle United.
It’s good that the fans are coming to the games – hopefully we will remain successful – and their support is enormous to the players and the manager and coaches, and on those grounds it’s a good call.
What do you think?