Late Fixture Change Creates Havoc For Faithful Fans


Newcastle’s game at Goodison Park has been moved from Saturday 21st April to Monday night two days later with a kick-off time of 8:00pm.

This has caused real problems for the Newcastle fans and others who are planning to attend the game and these late changes really mess up the fans.

Newcastle will refund the ticket price for fans who cannot attend, but they have made travel arrangements and they wonder if they can get refunds for both travel and lodging for the game.

Loyal Newcastle Fans

Here is the announcement Newcastle made yesterday after Sky Sports changed the date of the game:

Newcastle’s Premier League game at Everton has been selected for live television broadcast.

Sky Sports will show the match from Goodison Park, meaning a new date of Monday, 23rd April. Kick-off will be at 8pm (UK time).

Supporters who have purchased tickets but are unable to attend on the new date should contact the box office with the key, relevant details to help identify the sale, and they will be given a full refund.

Tickets for the game are currently on sale to season ticket holders with 15 or more loyalty points.

United have received an allocation of just under 3,000 tickets, priced at £30 for adults, £23 for over-65s and £18 for under-18s.

A small number of restricted view seats are available at £29 for adults, £22 for over-65s and £17 for under-18s. Supporters aged 12 or under must be accompanied by an adult.

To buy tickets, please visit tickets.nufc.co.uk, call 0844 372 1892 (calls cost 7p per minute plus your network access charge) or visit the St. James’ Park box office in person.

Meanwhile, the Premier League will confirm a new date for the Magpies’ game at Tottenham Hotspur as part of May’s broadcast selections, which will be announced in early April.

Everton have said they are busy ‘liaising’ with supporters clubs to assist with the significant problems caused by this late change of date for the game.

Fans have taken to Twitter to register their absolute disgust at this change in the fixture.

Comments welcome.


6 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 23, 2018 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #1

    Shocking disregard for the fans. Is there no way to apply for an injunction against this? Surely there must be some kind of legal recourse the fans can take?

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  • Jib

    Mar 23, 2018 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Being brutally frank
    Anyone who makes travel arrangements
    for a PL fixture a month in advance after
    the last few seasons experience needs
    to talk to themselves.
    Stop press
    Sky don’t take consideration of travelling
    fans into their calculations.

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  • RobLeenio

    Mar 23, 2018 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #3

    Jail, evidence for Ashley’s recent change of approach (if not attitude / motives):
    1) He has suggested publicly (via Charmless) that he is prepared to sit down with Rafa for talks about a contract extension, a courtesy not offered to other fans’ favourites such as Alan Shearer and Chris Hughton – quite the contrary in their cases.
    2) Eventually, Rafa was able to bring in at least a few of the players he wanted in the last January transfer window, which is in contrast to both the previous Summer window and the January window of our promotion campaign.
    3) He didn’t sell any of the club’s top players in the past transfer window, which has been his modus operandi in previous Januarys. In fact, there have been contract extensions given to senior players in recent months (Dummett in Feb 2018, Lascelles in Oct 2017 for eg)
    4) Rafa has been speaking far more positively about his relationship with the chubby one, as per these quotes from January:
    “We have to be sure we stay in the Premier League. Then this conversation (contract extension) will be easier. I told Mike what I thought, and what I think, about that. He knows my opinion and we don’t have to talk now.”

    Finally, and I know this is woolly as owt (but we’re football fans and live and die on emotion) – doesn’t it just feel like there is a better atmosphere around the club?

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 23, 2018 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #4

    Most hotels do refunds or amendments even up to 24 hours notice. I’ve cancelled a lot and never had problems. You can amend megabus for £1 (plus any extra cost if ticket price is higher). National express depends on whether you bought a refundable ticket or not, otherwise I think they charge £5 to amend. Train tickets depend on the type of ticket you bought, but should be OK with 28 days notice. Flights can’t be changed unless it’s the same day you bought them (used to be 24hrs) but you can change them up to about a an hour or two before check-in at a cost. I can’t remember how much it is now, but I think I got about 50% off when I changed my flights last minute.

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  • lochinvar

    Mar 23, 2018 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #5

    It’s not just that Sky have changed the dates with all the associated costs and time involved.
    It’s more that they have no regard for fans who have work commitments, family arrangements and may have other holiday plans worked around match choices.

    If Sky have some TV/Media awards ceremonies that all the luvvies go to then maybe they should try rearranging that from a Saturday to a Monday and see what reaction they get.

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 23, 2018 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #6

    Mike flights are a killer but hopefully not many going by plane from over here etc but Everton has a solid support base in Ireland. Wudnt it be nice if the two clubs said no to sky.

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