LLambias Defends Increased Prices For Season Ticket Membership

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?

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far


    Mar 11, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #1

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    Mar 11, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #2

    1 more day for the kick off , cant wait . :|>

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 11, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #3

    It seems the board are really trying to make us as successful as can be on all areas. The board are constantly finding ways to get a few quid here and there to improve the team and it’s paying off. I am very pleased with the amount of effort shown by the board to make us the best, long may it continue. Next season I see us much stronger as Cabaye, Tiote, Krul, Ben Arfa, Santon and Cisse will all be more experienced to our league and be stronger next season from the off. We will also have Marveaux back whom I rate very highly and he’s exactly what we’ve been missing to put pressure on Gutierrez for that starting spot. Saylor will be fit and ready again too.

    We will also offload Smith, Lovenkrands and possibly Best, Gosling and Guthrie. We will replace them with young stars with a bright future like Luuk de Jong for example.

    Vuckic, Abeid, Sammy Ameobi and Tavernier will be better after their short spells of action and will be pushing harder next season also.

    After all this penny pinching has set us up perfectly to improve when and where we can on the pitch and it’s already paying dividends.

    Now if only we could clinch a Europa spot then that will make us even more attractive for players, improve morale in the team, and more money to buy better players. It has to be our aim every season if we want to achieve silverware someday.

    Now bring on the Arsenal!!

    another 4-4 will do nicely 😉


  • geordiejamie89

    Mar 11, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #4

    It’s nice having so much good news related to Newcastle at the minute. With only the naming rights of the stadium annoying some fans ( I don’t know why, that money could buy us a 10 million player).
    Not so long ago Newcastle were in the news for relagation, Joey Barton (whether getting arrested or just on an ego drive), Nile Ranger in trouble, Andy Carroll the lassy basher. Now Newcastle are in a good place with only the things around Newcastle that should be, people are talking about how good we’ve been, and how our finances are setting an example. Howay the Lads.

  • billy

    Mar 11, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #5

    Llambias the guy who can change a 9 quid note in 3s!

  • chuck

    Mar 11, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #6

    I think it’s a rip off and if you were not so inclined to be the feelgood blog in favor of everything that management does at NUFC, you would agree.
    An obvious scam that adds to the price, which was meant to be overlooked, by fans not bright enough to realize it.
    And theres no guarantee that the figure will not be raised each season.
    About time youse guys started to call them as they are , instead of being shills for the club, that is unless you are being paid to be a PR blog for the club.

  • chuck

    Mar 11, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Easy for you to say as living on the rock suggests you are not a ticket holder.
    As for all the players you mentioned being here next season, yeah some may be here with visiting teams, being Llambias has more or less invited BIGGER clubs to bid on them, stating we would find it difficult to refuse certain offers.
    As for your certainty of selling the likes of Gosling,Guthrie, and Best (Smith is more or less gone as is Lovenkrands) they are the ones who would be difficult to unload (you forgot Williamson and Raylor, more deadwood) and would be lucky to get five million for all three, so whats the point.
    There’s no interest in Luk De Jong, too expensive, and where and for how much are we going to aquire all these “young stars”
    Better you get rid of those rose colored glasses and take a more realistic tude or you may become a bit dissapointed.

  • lesh

    Mar 11, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Crikey! What’s going on? Have the powers that be realised the need to communicate?

    Given the deluge we’ve enjoyed of late, it seems like its feast or famine and we’re now dining at the world’s best restaurant – http://www.theworlds50best.com/awards/1-50-winners/noma


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