Toon For Change, a Newcastle United supporter group with 950 members has issued a statement regarding NUFC move to give away free half-season tickets.
Following the lowest attendance at St James’ Park for a league match since November 2010 at the weekend, the club has announced today that it will give away free half-season tickets, in a desperate move from a hierarchy that is clearly on the ropes.
The thousands of empty seats week-in-week-out at St James’ Park are a result supporters vowing to not return to the stadium until Ashley sells our football club. These same empty seats are an ongoing PR disaster for Mike Ashley, whose sports brand is now associated with an unhappy fanbase, that has been left with no option but to boycott their own stadium for emotional, not financial reasons.
Monday night’s move from the club is nothing more than a way to try and win over supporters. We will continue to call on fans to stand their ground and remember that every empty seat not only sends a message regarding Ashley, but also makes St James’ a less attractive proposition for broadcasters like Sky and BT.
This is typical Ashley, who is hoping that yet again we will just forgive and forget, while applying his bargain bin business model, to Newcastle United.