Newcastle Send Yet More Tickets Back For St Mary's Clash
Friday, 25th Mar 2016 10:12
Newcastle United returned a whole block of tickets to Saints earlier in the week and they have now sent another 500 or so back which are now on sale to Saints fans,
Newcastle United used to have one of the largest traveling supports in the Premier League, older Saints fans will remember back in 2002 when not only had the full allocation of 3,200 in the ground but at least that many again in the City without tickets.
But those days seem long gone and for the game in a couple of weeks they could have one of the lowest away followings of any Premier League fixture ever at St Mary's .
Of course the fact that they battling with relegation will have something to do with this, this game comes at a time just before the final games when the support rallies behind the team and it is of course their second longest game of the season.
But it is more than this, it is a story of a club whose supporters have been exploited by its owner and have had enough, Mike Ashley was initially seen as the saviour of Newcastle when he bought the club, but his stock is no longer high amongst supporters who feel that the club no longer cares for them and is determined to squeeze every last penny from their pockets.
Other clubs should take note, when things go well the crowds will be there, but if you don't look after them they will soon walk away, especially if like Newcastle's they feel they are being ill treated and taken for granted.
Charging supporters for the privilege of just being able to buy tickets is totally unacceptable, no one minds a small administrative charge but when fans have to fork out £25 just to be able to buy tickets its a case of clubs being greedy.
So in a couple of week's time there will be few of the Toon Army in the ground, but bare in mind it is a lot lot more than just fans walking away when the team is doing badly, it is about the fact that if you don't build loyalty amidst your fan base then you are heading for a fall.
Club's would do well to remember that without supporters they are nothing and Saints fans would do well to remember that there for the grace of God go I
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