Wigan’s Strange Stern Statement On Newcastle Ticket Allocation

Alan Pardew yesterday wondered whether there were extra tickets for Newcastle fans to travel to Wigan for the vital game at the DW Stadium on Saturday.

In the local press yesterday,  this is what Alan Pardew said about the game coming up on Saturday, and his hope that more tickets could be allocated:

“Wigan’s going to be massive for us. I don’t know how many tickets we’ve sold, but I hope we get some more tickets and fill the place up.”

“They could probably do with the money.” “It would be nice to see 8-9,000 Geordies somehow get in there, because it would feel like a home game.”

Wigan’s DW Stadium can hold 25,138, which is its official capacity, but the average home gate is around 18000, if that, so the Wigan fans themselves will not fill the stadium on Saturday.

It seems Alan was hoping that Wigan would give Newcastle extra tickets, but no such luck on that score, as the Wigan club issued this rather terse statement on their web-site today:



Posted today – Wednesday 25th April 2012

Ticketless fans should not travel – Latics CEO Jonathan Jackson

Wigan Athletic have moved quickly to deny any truth in the rumors circulating in the media that Newcastle United supporters travelling to this Saturday’s Barclays Premier League match at the DW Stadium will be given any more than their current allocation.

The stories have arisen following comments by Newcastle manager Alan Pardew this afternoon and Jonathan Jackson, Latics’ Chief Executive said:

“The crowd will be a near sell out if sales carry on at the present rate and to suggest that any more tickets could be available, or that ticketless fans should travel, is both wrong and potentially dangerous.”

“We strongly urge any fans without tickets not to travel because they will not be able to purchase tickets and therefore not gain entry into the ground.”

“Moreover any Newcastle supporters found to be in any of the Home Stands will on Police advice be ejected to minimise the risk of public order and to ensure the safety of all supporters within the Stadium.”

“We have contacted Newcastle United over the issue and have urged them to put out a similar message via their official communication channels.”


That’s a rather stern and seemingly inappropriate and out-of-place statement by Jonathan Jackson.

But of course Wigan are in relegation trouble again, and the last thing they want is to have more Newcastle fans at their home game,  than their own fans.

Stoke City use a very small pitch when they play at The Britannia Stadium, simply because it’s to their advantage, and they were forced to make the pitch bigger when they played in the Europa League.

So we suppose Wigan have every right to refuse to allocate more tickets to Newcastle fans, because that would not be to their advantage.

It will be interesting is to see what the attendance is on Saturday – because Wigan’s highest attendance this season is is only 21,379 against West Brom – and there’s only one other time that it has been over 20,000 – for the Aston Villa game.

So their highest attendance is still 4,000 short of capacity and the stadium was only 85% full.

Very unlike Newcastle’s support – when we had the fourth highest attendance in England – and that’s when we were in the second division.

We can understand the  Wigan club not wanting too many Newcastle fans at the game on Saturday – we understand the reasons for that from a Wigan viewpoint –   but that statement by Jonathan Jackson is simply out of place, uncalled for,  and even crass.

It does not portray Wigan in a positive light, and Wigan is a very good club.

And they have also done very well indeed in their last six games – beating Liverpool, Stoke, Manchester United and Arsenal,  and they were so unlucky against Chelsea, who scored two goals that were shown to be offside by TV replays.

We are expecting a tough game at Wigan on Saturday.

Comments welcome.

81 comments so far

  • Gateshead-Mag

    Apr 25, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #1

    now where is the love!!!!!! haway man jonothan free up the tickets n the toon will put on a show

    will be the biggest n best game the DW will ever see man

    turn wigan into little newcastle for the day

  • toonLYF

    Apr 25, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #2

    IF we did make CL football next year, i would absolutely love to see this team:



    —————–Tiote —–Capoue————–


    Ben Arfa————Cisse——————–Ba

    top 4 status would be going nowhere!

  • hainesy

    Apr 25, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Any info on Wesley Said?

  • munch27

    Apr 25, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #4

    2 days 20 hrs 24 mins

  • bambams

    Apr 25, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #5

    I can understand why Wigan are doing this, mini St James’ park is NOT what they want when still fighting relegation.

    Its just typical, the one season we do so well and could possibly get CL place, could be snatched away by Chelsea who would be below us.

    We just have to remember…….WE ARE IN EUROPE and we would have ALL taken this if offered at the beginning of the season.

  • Rodney Cisse

    Apr 25, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #6

    you think they would want the money.

  • Ben3arfa

    Apr 25, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #7

    what a bunch of loosers , best thing to do is for the lads to give their team a hiding on Saturday .. will give a little justice back to the fans that were denied attending the game

  • Shearer.Milburn

    Apr 25, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #8

    He left the toon to join the scouse… CARROLL CARROLL
    He lived in Kevin Nolans house… CARROLL CARROLL
    He used to have a proper job but now he goes out on the rob.
    Andy Carroll, liverpool in decline!!!!

  • GeordieDan

    Apr 25, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #9


    Dave (I hate Mike Ashley more than NUFC supporters) Whelan’s team, Wigan refuse to accomodate selling more tickets to Geordies !?!

    Who’d have thought that? He’d rather give up thousands of pounds than do anything for us the little cretin.

  • Big Pappa Cisse

    Apr 25, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #10

    IMO the wigan team deserves a better fanbase, they play decent stuff but there crowds are abysmal, we had 3 times as many fans in the championship season

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 25, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #11

    They will give us a good go whether the ground is full or not. A strange team Wigan, impossible to predict. I’m hoping for a win for us to keep the pressure on Spurs and Chelsea (and Arsenal). Their counter-attack is very dangerous at times. If Colo plays well we should win. Goals from Ba and Cisse.

  • Rodney Cisse

    Apr 25, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #12

    obviously not many people live in Wigan which is understandable.

  • JDdubai

    Apr 25, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #13

    I personally dont blame Wigan one bit. The way Pardew’s comment was worded wasnt the best, made it sound like little wigan should take a few quid as they wont be used to it, whether its right or wrong its very arrogant to say that about a team and belittle them.

    And to be fair they will gain a lot more money if they win the game and stay up than simply taking a few grand on saturday and give us a better support to win the game and they end up relegated.

  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 25, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #14

    can any 1 not buy tickets from the counter on the matchday??????????, if any NUFC fan wants

  • obatoyou

    Apr 25, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #15

    haha i think pardew was right though
    interesting to see how many people show up
    wont be me as I live in Perth in Australia

  • Spuggy

    Apr 25, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #16

    Whether we win at Wigan or not we’ve had a fantastic season and we’re guaranteed 6th position – incredible.

    No matter what happened with CL it’s been a great season and we’re in Europa.

    In dreamland haunted by the ghost of managers past Chelsea would lose to RM in the final, and we’d finish in 3-4 place. But second prize is still phenomenal.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 25, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #17

    OOoooohhh! Touchy touchyyy!!!

    Alan, you scoundrel! Did you get your ‘they could probably do with the money’ off Mike? Did he dare you to say that? Ha ha you rascal. Now wonder they are tetchy and would rather listen to their echoing voices, people coughing, babies crying, dog yapping than have a full house and full coffers at the expense of having their own crowd outgunned while their team are getting stuffed alive. You have to admit, who would want their last memory of premiership footy being that awful scenario?

  • Offkey

    Apr 25, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #18

    Hainsey – Is this the Wesley Said we are supposed to have on trial?


  • Tsunki

    Apr 25, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #19

    Just veering slightly off topic, has anyone mentioned in the past that Santon’s pic in the header banner makes him look like a young Wolverine? How good would that be?

  • Big Pappa Cisse

    Apr 25, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #20


    Yeah he does lol ,its a shame his knee isn’t made from adamantium ha, although it seems to be holding up fine at the mo

  • Spuggy

    Apr 25, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #21

    Arga not roy keane, 2nd only to Shearer in the Charisma stakes!

  • munch27

    Apr 25, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #22

    ITV scraping the barrell the dog w@nker and horses heed i mean cmon.

  • obatoyou

    Apr 25, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #23

    not happy with our season yet,
    we better finish 3rd or ill be pissed

  • obatoyou

    Apr 25, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #24

    love it when u call me big poppa

  • check the toastie

    Apr 25, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #25

    Gotta say everyone is copying our 4231 formation now, even Mourinho must have looked thru Pardiolas special tactics book. love it. We have even cottoned on to playing a proper footballing formation before most of the dinosaur premier league. class. Our club is the best.

  • check the toastie

    Apr 25, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #26

    Hope Real Madrid win, as fancy Chelski against Bayern.

  • munch27

    Apr 25, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #27

    Real penalty

  • munch27

    Apr 25, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #28

    Ronaldo just proved he’s best player in the world

  • munch27

    Apr 25, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #30

    Written in the stars between the lines Real beat Chelski we finish 3rd – Pards takes England to the European Cup – Mourinho Honors his Promise to “Wor Bobby” and takes over the Toon!


    Apr 25, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #31

    What we need to do is just hammer them in their own ground !

    We are due a win by a big margin! Both to put them in their place and to improve our Goal-Difference!
    Wigan could be a potential Banana skin though and we will be need to be on our game!

    And Ronaldo is one of the best players in the world and Not The Best ! And his attitude has always sucked!

  • munch27

    Apr 25, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #32

    Ed why am i getting sent to shit sites when i refresh? sort it oot man


    Apr 25, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #33


    What ya doing having a go at Ed?

    If you got problems with yer computer! Sort it oot yerself mon!

  • munch27

    Apr 25, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #34

    @33 ppl had this problem all day so wind yer kneck in eh?

  • Toon Tang

    Apr 25, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #35

    we should all bumrush the DW. that would really put the willies up ’em believe me.

  • NorseToon

    Apr 25, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #36

    Off topic! I have a twitter-friend in Holland, a mad PSV fan who follows the Premier League closely as well. I asked him about Pieters and how he rated him and he said;

    “I’ve seen him right now for over 3 years, and he’s nothing special compared to the best backs of the PL, 7 out of 10 I give him. He’s better attacking wise than defending also, which is rare.”

    This lad goes to every home game and is, like us, a huge supporter of his club.

    I’m not to sure about Pieters. I’d rather have M’benge Two Cheicks, Two Dembas, Two Taylors

  • hainesy

    Apr 25, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #37

    Aye that’s him. Young French lad. Came the other day, seems we’re looking to move for the youngen’s now. CF he’s down as there. 1.70m so not the tallest either, potentially Bellamy type player, we’ll have
    To see over the next two weeks. We could have 3deals potentially done by the Everton game. (Amalfitano, Good, Said).

  • hainesy

    Apr 25, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #38

    Also off topic but Yohan Benalouane’s Cesena side has just been relegated. If interest ever was held and it wasn’t paper talk he may very well be on the radar! Knock down price of course.

  • pizzicatochan

    Apr 25, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #39

    Can you imagine the following squad for 4-4-3:

    FW: Said, JJ Hooper, Adam Campbell (Sub: Dan Taylor, Sammi Ameobi)
    MF: Amalfitano, Abeid, Inman (Sub: Miele, Richardson, Moyo)
    DF: Shane Ferguson, Good, Streete, Gosling (Sub: Dummett)
    GK: Krul (Captain) (Sub: Jak Alnwick)

    Would this work in a few years?

  • pizzicatochan

    Apr 25, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #40

    @NorseToon, Three Taylors that is! (Dan Taylor)


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