Date: 12th December 2019 at 7:00pm
Written by: Tony O'Connell

Loads of Newcastle United fans have been left livid at Steve Bruce’s “dangerous” choice of words to defend the club’s decision to offer free half-season tickets.

United announced earlier in the week that 10,000 half-season tickets were being given away in a bid to fill St. James’ Park, in the wake of recording our lowest home attendance for a Premier League game since November 2010 when 42,303 watched us beat Southampton.

The decision to reward fans that already held a full season ticket was described in a club statement as a move to fill the ground and offer the first-team greater support, following discussions between head coach Bruce and Managing Director Lee Charnley.

Almost all of the 10,000 available tickets had already been snapped up in the space of just 24 hours, with the club having to close online applications due to the overwhelming response they had received.

Bruce has now added his praise to the club for going ahead with the imitative, claiming it rewarded the ‘truly loyal supporters’.

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Speaking on Sky Sports News (11/12/19, 13:02), Bruce said: “It took place very quickly after a conversation with Lee after the game on Sunday: ‘Is there anything we can do?’

“To be fair to the club, they have come up with this idea and it’s fantastic for the truly loyal supporters of the club. It’s a great gesture from the club, also at this particularly hard time.

“We want a full St. James’ Park. I’ve been here as a player and as an opposition manager, and when it’s full and in full voice, it can be a pretty intimidating place. It’s a reward for the truly supporters that we’ve got.”

Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to Bruce’s comment…

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