Trouble Selling Season Tickets Points To Bigger Problem

It really does seem that Alan Shearer was accurate when he said a number of fans were not going to renew their season tickets for next season – and of course some of Alan’s pals had a box, and they decided not to renew it.

However Shearer said he will still attend the games at St. James’ Park – when he can.

With Alan doing the BBC Match of the Day on Saturday nights, it’s sometimes difficult for him to get to the games

two young Newcastel fans today

Have these two got their season tickets yet?

According to reports from season ticket holders – there have been three letters sent out asking them to pay up the money for next season.

And in the letters they have been tempted by promises Newcastle will have a better team than last season, and that we’ll play (great – really great – really really great)  attacking football.

Having  a better team than last year is not saying too much.

If the club has to go to these extremes it shows some fans are completely disillusioned, and because of what’s happened in the second half of the last two seasons – it’s hardly surprising.

Those behind the Ashley-Out campaign – whoever they are – will never support Ashley whatever he does – but Ashley and Newcastle have  a window of opportunity this summer – created in large measure by Mike’s appearance on Sky Sports.

Last season John Carver almost single-handedly took Newcastle down into the second division, and we got only 13 points in 19 league games with Carver in charge – and 3 of those points were in the very last game of the season.

If John has ambitions of being a head coach elsewhere, he may be well advised to reconsider that goal.

But we were even more shocked that nothing was done about our demise until after our 8th loss in a row at Leicester City.

And then when we tried to get Steve McClaren in, he refused to come and we risked it big time with John still in control for those last three games.

We were convinced we were going down – but we were wrong – again.

Newcastle have to manage the club a lot better than they have done over these last several years, and Lee Charnley in particular must get more involved – when he’s supposed to.

Hopefully the fact the club are having trouble selling season tickets will show in no uncertain terms that fans are not happy at all with the way the club is being run.

We have had a complete lack of success on the field for the last three seasons.

Fans have been promised a lot this summer – but the powers that be have to deliver on those promises.

They haven’t done that in the past.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 20, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #1

    It astounds me how Ashley hasn’t realised that inaction has lead to a drop ST sales

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 20, 2015 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #2


    He still thinks ST holders believe in him. I think this has come as a genuine shock. I think he thought his gobsh1te before the whu game would have been enough to get those tickets renewed. I hope the people in question keep holding back until they aee a massive change.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 20, 2015 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #3


  • Jib

    Jun 20, 2015 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #4

    I don’t think it was ever more than paper talk that SM was asked to join before seasons end
    McClaren has said he was only asked 3 times .After the the end of the season and the other twice years ago.

  • Shot Bru

    Jun 20, 2015 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #5


    I reckon Ashley and co genuinely thought that the appointment of the ex England manager..The Wally…would placate the the fans and show ambition!

  • NezzaNUFC

    Jun 20, 2015 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #6

    Afternoon guys, Liverpool have signed Joe Gomez for 3.5 million!

    He’s going to be a cracking player when he develops better, same with Trippier and Juanmi and many others we are ( supposed to be ) linked with.

    With all these rumors about us being linked with someone but they move on to other clubs it may seem tat Newcastle should hire these journos as scouts for us because it seems that our own ( 3-4 of them ) can’t find the talent we need.

    Thoughts anyone?

  • Offkey

    Jun 20, 2015 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #7

    I didn’t really understand this ‘flappy bird’ nonsense mentioned by one of the most productive WUMs. As a result I looked it up, I could only find reference to it on ‘Urban Dictionary’……..personally I think he is just projecting his own hobbies on to others.

    Flappy Bird
    The act of taking the foreskin of your p*nis and stretching it out and flapping it like a bird.
    “My internet went down, and I was so bored I just flappy birded for a couple hours.”

  • Pootle2118

    Jun 20, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #8

    Afternoon nezza

    As mentioned a couple of posts ago, anyone with access to a pc, or even a tv, can spot the kind of players we need to improve us. He’ll, even a blind man on a galloping horse could spot them.
    The problem is the transfer fee and wage package we try to offer is (if the rumours are true) way below what is expected of a PL team, especially one with an average attendance gate of 50,000ish for the last 10 seasons or so

  • NezzaNUFC

    Jun 20, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #9

    Oh and Iv’e had a chat with a few of my employees ( who are Derby fans considering I own a business in Derby ) said that SM would be very good at managing Newcastle and that most Derby fans are p!ssed off because SM in many ways dropped points at Derby to stop them getting promoted so he could take over Newcastle after the season ( apparently SM had this planned with NUFC since January )

    this is what my employees have stated about SM!

    1 – Very organised from defense, mid and attack

    2 – Sets tactics around players instead of players around tactics ( opposite to what Pardew did )

    3 – nice attacking flair style football with a hint of pressing from midfield to attack to chase the ball quicker ( Similar to Klopp style )

    4 – Likes up and coming young players ( English though ) to fight for first team places.

    5 – Likes to have use of good rotation players ( probably why he stated clean slate )

    6 – Favourite formation – 4-4-2 but very attacking 4-2-4, 4-3-3 similar to the season we came 5th, 4-1-2-2-1 what he had at Derby at Twente solid at the back attacking mixed with speed at the top, and a 4-2-3-1 with 2 mids as holding mids who can tackle, solid defense and again fast attacking front 4 ( LW,RW,AMC,ST )

  • Bri

    Jun 20, 2015 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #10

    What is wrong with you Ashley,for god sake give the board sum decent funds and pay the going rate for players and wages,that’s all we ask of you.How hard is that.

  • NezzaNUFC

    Jun 20, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #11


    That’s the problem mate every player has a rice but for some reason Newcastle offer lower than the asking price.

    Joe Gomez 3.5 million and I bet Newcastle offered 2-2.5 million for him when or if enquired.

    We wonder why we miss out on ll the deals!

  • NezzaNUFC

    Jun 20, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #12

    rice-price lol

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 20, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #13

    offkey @7 – I must say I didn’t know the meaning of that phrase. Good research – looks like Blockhead Blackley is a dirty dog if he’s suggesting others are involved in such things.
    Blockhead Blackley = “handyman”.
    Clearly a dirty dog and a filthy devil.

  • Offkey

    Jun 20, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #14

    @11 They did the same with Keegan – he set up a deal for Hyppia, they wanted 1.25 mil – they said they would offer it (Wise and Jimenez) but only offered 500k……..

  • Barton

    Jun 20, 2015 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #15

    Na m8 its Keith Bishop in desguise lol

  • Offkey

    Jun 20, 2015 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #16

    @13 Offkey thinks that Blackley is so furious with Offkey’s statement that he flappy birding right now to calm himself. 😉

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jun 20, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #17

    Sister Muff
    You’re scraping the barrel with your comebacks fella. It’s getting embarrassing for you.

    Did you check your atlas for Corbridge btw?

  • Offkey

    Jun 20, 2015 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #18

    Looks like it worked

  • Lynny

    Jun 20, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #19

    We are utter dog shite in every sense of the words! That will be all

  • sks_toon

    Jun 20, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #20

    I disagree ED, those behind the Ashley out campaign could come around if there is actually some good investment in the team over the next few seasons. I dont blame them or anyone for that matter for wanting Ashley out. That is the main reason they dont want Ashley, not a lot of investment in the club and selling our best players in january without replacing them, which is also a lack of investment. Ashley is the problem and until he proves people wrong he put himself in the hole he is in.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 20, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #21

    surely the slow ST sales shows the power is swinging towards the fans now.

    Things were building to a head which forced ash into his hollow speech where he probably thought he had done enough to pacify the fans . He was clearly wrong.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jun 20, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #22

    I wonder if this will be another Kinnear-esque window, and we don’t actually manage to get anybody at all “over the line”. Ashley’s load of old rubbish about money there to spend is about as convincing as the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow theory. McClaren’s appointment appears to have been a masterstroke – nobody wants to play for the wally, so we won’t have to worry about transfer fees at all. So simple, it’s genius.

  • will die for the toon army

    Jun 20, 2015 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #23

    No one know wats going on at NUFC every one is having guess work. Every one needs signings to come in but nothing idms happening. Articles r repeated over and over contradicting stuff only.

    I love NUFC I have renewed my season ticket with my family. No use not paying and still go to the bars or listen to radio while I can b in e stadium. My children have to love NUFC like I have thru good and bad.

  • will die for the toon army

    Jun 20, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #24

    Except if something comes out of the mouth of a board member hell no I will listen to sh&t again.
    From a transfer war chest of 100 to 60 to 50 to 50 now 25. We have been linked with 93 players woooo. Amazing.

  • mactoon

    Jun 20, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #25

    And nothing has changed since that interview. Austin was the main target and we haggle over £5 million so he will go to west ham, Bamford would rather stay and fight for a position even though he is 4th choice and McClaren cant even get a number 2 in. God what a joke


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