Ticket prices have been in the news again all this week, both Liverpool and Newcastle fans condemning the £52 away fans are being charged for their Monday night fixture in April, and Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust showed us how expensive following your team can be, particularly if they're a "Category A" side. However, this weekend fans of Everton and Newcastle United will be backing affordable football and thanking their clubs for coming to a reciprocal pricing deal. Read their full statement below...
The Cities of Liverpool and Newcastle have many similarities. The people from both areas are cut from the same proud and passionate working class cloth. This passion shines brightly in their love for their respective football clubs. They can both boast some of the most dedicated, knowledgeable and sporting fans in the game.
The Blue Union and Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust (NUST) have campaigned tirelessly for affordable tickets in line with the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) “Twenty’s plenty for Away Tickets” campaign.
A national campaign, coordinated by the FSF, Twenty’s Plenty has saved fans more than £350,000 so far. One of the main ideas behind the campaign is that clubs should offer away fans cheaper deals on a reciprocal basis, preferably for £20 or less. This has already made football more affordable for thousands of supporters.
We would like to place on record our appreciation to the management teams of both clubs for agreeing to enter into reciprocal pricing deal for the game at St James’ Park in December, and for Sunday’s encounter at Goodison Park.
Before kickoff, a 25 ft banner created by both sets of fans, carrying the message of thanks, will be unfurled across the home and away fans’ partition.
Dave Kelly from the Blue Union said: “Away fans are the beating heart of football. The hardcore. Travelling supporters bring colour, atmosphere and vibrancy to any arena. We are proud that The Peoples’ Club has introduced this fine initiative.”
Michael Martin from Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust said: “I’m not the slightest bit surprised that Bill Kenwright and Everton Football Club have entered into this agreement and have recently also agreed to introduce the living wage for its employees. “Hopefully this is something that Newcastle United will introduce.”