Loads of Newcastle fans have been slamming the United board’s decision to raise season ticket prices for supporters not on long-term price freeze deals.
The announcement was made on Wednesday night ahead of this morning’s Premier League fixture release, which saw the Magpies named as the home side for our season opener against Arsenal.
However, while we now know who and when we are playing – barring any re-scheduled matches cropping up – we are still in the dark over Rafa Benitez’s future and as to how close or far away the rumoured takeover is from completion.
For the gaffer, his contract will expire in just over two weeks, at which point we may be left without a manager if Mike Ashley continues to refuse to meet the changes and assurances the Spaniard is chasing.
We also finished lower down the Premier League table in the 2018/19 season than the campaign before, despite putting one more point on the board. And yet, season ticket prices for the 2019/20 campaign have seen a rise of around 5% on average, with the most expensive standard ticket for adults now priced at £811.
The same ticket last year would have set supporters back £772, while students & senior citizens have seen the price of their category one tickets rise from £635 to £667, and Under 18s have seen theirs jump from £311 to £327.
A ticket in the family area, meanwhile, has risen from £397 to £417 for adults, £324 to £340 for students & senior citizens, and £82 to £86 for U18s.
As for category three tickets, these have jumped from £571 to £600 for adults, £457 to £480 for senior citizens & students, and £166 to £174 for U18s.
While category two tickets have increased from £628 for adults, £510 for students & senior citizens, and £207 for U18s to £659, £536 and £217 respectively.
Following the announcement of the price rise, this is how these Newcastle fans reacted…
As an American who cannot participate in any kind of boycott – please, for the love of this football club, don’t buy. The only thing that can get Ashley’s attention is his wallet
— The Breakfast Club (@catsfan121) June 12, 2019
Don’t renew. Play the long game.
— Matt Guest (@Guesty22) June 12, 2019
1st home match=52,000
— Jordan Blackman (@JordanBlackman8) June 12, 2019
I have cancelled mine
— David Murphy (@davidmurphy1982) June 12, 2019
Has there ever been a club that disrespected it’s fans as much as @nufc? No shame
— Carol Collis-Palmer (@CarolCollis5) June 12, 2019
In the midst of this annual farce, it is worth remembering #nufc is supposed to be a sporting institution with ambitions to compete for honours. Sadly Ashley chooses every season that it will not be any of that. Remind me why you want to give him your money?
— The Clocktoys (@clocktoys) June 12, 2019
Don’t buy them use the mirroring technique and play delaying tactics
— michael laverton (@toonmadmike) June 12, 2019
The most Newcastle United thing, since the last most Newcastle untied thing.
— Daniel Mcgregor (@itsmcgregor) June 12, 2019
I’m not a St holder so cant really comment, lads and lasses will spend thier money how they want, but all I say people is this….. At this point in Nufc history as we find ourselves please please think about what/who you are about to throw your hard earned money at.
— Michael Errington (@MichaelErringt9) June 12, 2019
They will still be sold out
— Mup Murphy (@MupMurphy1) June 12, 2019
Well I think this tells it’s own story, of the takeover was real why oh why would they need to reduce the price of season tickets. This takeover is a smoke screen for the Fat Boy and co
— Kenny black (@black_kendo64) June 13, 2019
Shafted AGAIN, 5% is a big leap in prices from an owner who doesn’t want to invest in the supporters belief in the club, looks like another struggle to stay in Premier without Rafa maybes which doesn’t justify this price increase ????????????????????????
— John Maddison (@maddaz56) June 13, 2019
We literally pay one of the lowest prices in the Prem get real man #nufc
— Timmy labelle (@TimmyLabelle_) June 13, 2019