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Half Season Initiative Is Just A Quick Fix To A Much Deeper Issue



Newcastle have announced that the December 28th fixture against Everton has been ‘sold’ out.

We suppose that the initiative to give away 10,000 half season tickets has temporarily resolved a massive problem in the short term. Though we’ll have to see on Saturday how many empty seats there still are at St James Park.

Newcastle announced the initiative on the Monday following our last home match against Southampton. That match saw only 43,000 fans turn up despite the club having been on an excellent run of results.

We think the club were shocked at the poor attendance despite Steve Bruce having a positive start to his Newcastle tenure. This measure was announced to try and get the stadium full.

However, it is just a papering over of the cracks. While this could resolve the low attendance for the rest of the season, they could still very well be faced with the same issue next year. So it is just a quick fix for a much deeper issue.

We do think a full and raucous St James Park provides a boost to the players. It’s what Newcastle is known for as well as the traveling support which continues to remain vibrant.

It’s just such a shame that the club had to resort to giving away tickets to get the stadium full. While we hope it helps the team get the results they need to have a successful season, it is devastating to see the effect one man has had on this great club.


24 comments so far

  • lesh

    Dec 18, 2019 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #1

    Neil

    You’re absolutely right about the cynical free half tickets. It solves nothing but as you say, papers over the cracks.

    Ashley’s happy to give away 10000 free seats for eight or nine games this season, then what? More freebies given away?

    Why the hello the owner just bite the bullet and commit to making the club an on-field success or better still, sell up to someone who will.

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  • toon22

    Dec 18, 2019 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #2

    Just another day and another way for JIB to defend Jabba
    Blame the fans for Jabbas greed and incompetence
    We should be happy watching Jabba asset stripping the club while serving up some of the worst football in the club’s history

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  • toon22

    Dec 18, 2019 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #3

    Lesh / Neil

    Agreed

    Who’s going to buy a season ticket next year ?
    Just wait a bit and you’ll get one free

    While ignoring the reason the fans have turned their backs on SDFC

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  • lesh

    Dec 18, 2019 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #4

    Jib

    First hit to a member of the bitter squad!

    I’ve presumed you afforded me the honour of being part of it and if not, please tell me how one qualifies for membership.

    Is there a waiting list and who approves applications? Or, is there an offer of free membership for half a season subject to a recommendation from an established member?

    We need to know

    🙂

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  • lesh

    Dec 18, 2019 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #5

    @4

    Should’ve read…

    * Why the hell the owner doesn’t just bite the bullet and commit to making the club……

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  • toon22

    Dec 18, 2019 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m not bitter
    I’m overjoyed at the thought of all that money Jabba has bled from us
    At all of those shops we bought him

    I hope he ends us as a club just to squeeze out every last penny and out of pure spite

    I’m lovin it

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 18, 2019 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #7

    I love real ales, they are basically bitter aren’t they.

    I’ve been a member most of my life!

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  • DubaiMicky

    Dec 18, 2019 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #8

    It’ll be interesting to see if there are gaps in the crowd then, I mean, SJP is a sell-out????

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  • Jib

    Dec 18, 2019 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #9

    Of course there’ll be gaps
    The free offer doesn’t kick in until
    the Everton game Sat 28th

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  • geordietom

    Dec 18, 2019 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #10

    toon22

    Dec 18, 2019 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #6
    I’m not bitter
    I’m overjoyed at the thought of all that money Jabba has bled from us
    At all of those shops we bought him

    I HOPE HE ENDS US AS A CLUB just to squeeze out every last penny and out of pure spite

    I’m loving it

    TOOL22 i put your comment on for everyone to see are you a NEWCASTLE FAN ? no proper NUFC fan would say that . i put it in Caps for people to read . you need your head sorted out ‘ I HOPE HE ENDS US AS A CLUB ‘ TOOL22’s words . so does everyone agree with him on that i??? dont how can a supposed newcastle fan say . tell you something i hope we meet up one day . f..king idiot …

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  • geordietom

    Dec 18, 2019 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #11

    know how *

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 18, 2019 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #12

    Pain
    To be fair, yedlin played a lot as a youngster on the wing. Not a bad shout I guess as his pace would be an asset. Might be worth a try. I know he sometimes has the odd game for the national team on the wing but doesn’t always perform well.

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  • toon22

    Dec 18, 2019 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #13

    JIB

    How many season tickets you think he will shift next season ?
    Now everyone knows they are going for free

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 18, 2019 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #14

    About these free tickets they’re giving away. So some of the empty seats will be current season ticket holders who don’t go and some will just be empty because haven’t been paying and turning up.

    How can the club give away seats that have already been bought by season ticket holders but don’t turn up?

    I’m assuming the club are giving the maximum amount bar around 2500 which have to be reserved by premier league rules for match to match general public sales.

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  • toon22

    Dec 18, 2019 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Ronaldo

    It shows just how bad things are at the club

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  • Paully

    Dec 18, 2019 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #16

    No Ronaldo they’ve only given away unsold season tickets.

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  • geordietom

    Dec 18, 2019 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #17

    this is TOOL22 …
    https://youtu.be/waJLv46_N6c

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  • geordietom

    Dec 18, 2019 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #18

    TOOL22 IS THIS YOU…

    https://youtu.be/S_3uaC8X-vo

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  • geordietom

    Dec 18, 2019 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #19

    https://youtu.be/S_3uaC8X-vo

    is this you TOON22 ? …

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  • Munster Mag

    Dec 18, 2019 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #20

    Don’t bother Tom, he lives in another world. Ask him a few nufc songs. Always worth a laugh. And remember, The Mags are what mackems call us lmao

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 18, 2019 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #21

    Paully
    Thanks. I did think it was odd but that’s just down to me misunderstanding it lol!

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 18, 2019 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #22

    Toon22
    Yes. You couldn’t even contemplate the idea of giving tickets away only a few years ago never mind before Ashley took over.

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  • Jib

    Dec 18, 2019 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #23

    Monterrey holding their own vs Liverpool
    1 – 1 after an hour

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  • boltonmagpie

    Dec 20, 2019 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #24

    Farce!
    Wanted to take the family to the Everton game as we are in the N.E visiting family then. Braced myself for the £45+ ticket price. Then he gives them away!!
    Knowing my luck the Everton fans will no doubt be staying at our Hotel- let’s hope we thrash them

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