In just over 2 weeks time, Newcastle United travel to Hillsborough to take on Sheffield Wednesday in the 5.30 kick off under the Sky Sports cameras.
Naturally, this is a stand out away trip for several Newcastle fans, involving two big Championship clubs with great history and tradition, as well as the Yorkshire side offering one of the shorter trips for the travelling away support.
Just recently however, the Toon Army were left bemused after Sheffield Wednesday announced a disgracefully low ticket allocation along with ridiculously high ticket prices.
We looked into Twitter’s reaction to the news, looking at both sets of fans views on the matter.
See below for Newcastle’s take on the news:
A 2300 allocation and a £42 ticket price is nothing short of an embarrassment by Sheffield Wednesday. #NUFC
— Michael (@rooney03) March 17, 2017
For the price of 3 Sheffield Wednesday away tickets you can buy a Buyern Munich season ticket. Absolute shambles
— Joe Devine (@Joe_Nufc1892) March 17, 2017
#nufc 2300 tickets for Sheffield Wednesday at £42 , disgrace
— Gary (@garynufc68) March 17, 2017
Sheffield Wednesday not giving us full away allocation then charging us £42 to make up the difference! #nufc
— David (@ToonArmyDave) March 17, 2017
— Sean (@Grahamy76) March 17, 2017
Following the furious response from the Geordie faithful, it was good to see several Sheffield Wednesday fans take to twitter to support the Newcastle fans frustrations, agreeing that prices were too high and criticising South Yorkshire Police’s decision to offer such a miserly away allocation:
South Yorkshire Police giving #NUFC a smaller allocation than Sheffield Wednesday's local derby game against Leeds, baffling. Clowns.
— Joe Gray (@Joe_Gray21) March 17, 2017
— Rich Giles (@rawkinrich) March 19, 2017
— SWFC Supporters Club (@swfcsc) March 19, 2017
Some have tried to justify the £42 ticket price but Newcastle fans are having none of it. The fact that you could buy a Bayern Munich season ticket for the price of three adult tickets says it all.
— Nathan (@SevenNathanArmy) March 17, 2017
It has been announced in the last few moments that Newcastle United’s allocation has been increased from 2,350 to 3,100 for next month’s fixture. While this is a huge boost for several travelling fans, the additional 750 tickets on offer will cost you an extra £5, being sold at a whopping £47!
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) March 23, 2017
I must said, it was rather baffling that South Yorkshire Police granted such a small initial away allocation for this one, given far bigger numbers were offered to bitter local rivals, Leeds United, earlier in the season. The away stand can host up to 5,000 away fans and several Sheffield Wednesday fans have encouraged their club to hand out bigger allocation’s to boost the atmosphere.
With regards to the outrageous £42/£47 ticket prices, the tweets say it all. While many English league tickets cost an arm and a leg these days, the fact you can buy a Bayern Munich season ticket for equivalent of three away ticket’s at Hillsborough tells you everything you need to know.
No doubt, it’s big game for us in the closing stages of our promotion push, so let’s hope the travelling fan’s get their money’s worth and bring the points back home to Tyneside.