Newcastle utd fans to get cut-price tickets for West Brom and Swansea trips

Alan Pardew
Alan Pardew

NEWCASTLE Utd fans will get cut-price tickets for the club’s visits to West Brom and Swansea.

Supporters will have to fork out just £15 to watch their team at The Hawthorns on New Year’s Day – and £20 at the Liberty Stadium on December 4.

Concessionary tickets will be £5 for both fixtures.

And United are inviting other Premier League clubs to agree reciprocal pricing agreements for away fans this season amid fears travelling supporters are being priced out of stadiums.

The Premier League has set aside £12m for clubs to use over the next three years to improve the experience of away fans.

And the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) launched the “Twenty’s Plenty” campaign earlier this year.

FSF chief executive Kevin Miles said: “This is a significant breakthrough in turning the concept of affordable prices for away fans into a reality, and Newcastle United, West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City are to be commended for taking a lead.

“We would urge all other Premier League clubs to follow the lead of these clubs, both by taking up this offer and by extending similar arrangements to other fixtures too.”

United fans paid £39 to watch the club at West Brom last season – the price cut means a reduction of more than 42 per cent – and £35 at Swansea, a saving of 40 per cent.

Away fans watching their teams at St James’s Park last season paid an average £29.63, while United supporters had to stump up £39.87.

United finance director John Irving said: “Keeping football affordable continues to be a key priority for us.

“Ticket prices are too expensive generally across the Premier League.

“We believe the right way to encourage people to attend is to look at charging reasonable prices.

“While we respect the right of clubs to choose options which suit their individual circumstances, we believe there is room for clubs to work more closely to try to charge a fair amount, rather than discounting very small amounts on match tickets in isolation.

“We are delighted to have reached an agreement with two of the first clubs we spoke to – West Brom and Swansea – and we applaud them for taking part.

“As prices indicated last season, fans of some clubs continue to pay far more than those of others, and we hope this initiative will lead to a fairer system which can ultimately benefit all supporters.”