Stuart Mole for Outside90:
I have supported my club Newcastle United since I can remember. Honestly, I cannot recall not knowing Newcastle United being there. Wallpapered black and white bedroom as a nipper, posters of heroes from the 90s era, Andy Cole, Peter Beardsley, Rob Lee, Ruel Fox, Pavel Srnicek.
He then goes on to explain why he’s done with the club…
For a one-off ticket as a surprise; £77.
…and qualifies it with:
The point I am getting at, is the average fan, like myself, is being penalised for not attending every game. The simple fact is that I cannot. £77 to go and see the team you love is absolutely disgusting. Luckily I got home and explained this was ridiculous before my partner went ahead and booked. I will never ever pay £77 for one ticket.
So as I see it, I am being frozen out by the club. I am a commodity they can do without. They neither want me nor need me. I mean, why would they? Reportedly about to announce a huge operating profit for the last business year, a figure north of £50 million is the unofficial figure currently circulating.
Why would they want a working class, lifelong Newcastle fan, from the immediate suburbs, whose family has most definitely put thousands of pounds into the club in my lifetime, who has supported the team through thick and thin, paid money to play on the hallowed St James’ turf, and watched thousands of games, talking fondly of my team, my club right around the world? Collected hundreds of club merchandise items over the years, investing hour after hour to follow the club I love?
Great piece. Gives you the insight into the mind of a man wanting to support a club, but is being priced out of it.