Newcastle United and Sunderland fans react to Checkatrade Trophy ticket price hype

Newcastle United and Sunderland fans have reacted to the ticket price increase for the Wear-Tyne derby meeting in the Checkatrade Trophy next year.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 13 December, 2018, 11:04
Checkatrade Trophy

The Black Cats will host the Magpies' youngsters on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at the Stadium of Light, where the travelling Geordies are expected to be granted a full 5,000 allocation.

Sunderland announced yesterday that ticket prices had increased from £3 to £15, which sparked a huge social media response.

Donald explained why the club had opted for a £12 increase from the 2-0 win over Notts County in the previous round by citing policing and stewarding as a prominent factor.

While Sunderland fans expressed their disappointment and understanding, some Newcastle supporters saw it as an opportunity to mock the Black Cats' League One status.

Sunderland fans:

@chris4981: "It’s been £3 every other match in this competition but suddenly went to £15? Would it have been that much if we drew anyone else I wonder very poor that like."

@tfshippingltd: "I don’t see any problem with the cost of this. If away fans allowed the policing costs are huge. People moaning about £15 are frankly ridiculous. Yes it was £3 for lower league teams but this is totally different. If you can get there go - as we all know they will bring loads."

@52CAL: "People need to realise £3 a ticket is ok when you need no police presence but it would cause chaos if we kept it that low. £15 covers high police costs and deters any kids and nackers who’d look to cause trouble. The club have played this one perfect and it’s certainly not greed."

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@b3nxf 15h15: "£15 just after Christmas and a Tuesday night... be lucky to get 5/6k there to watch under 21's"

@JMEllis96: "I'm sure the EFL increase these prices because the Port Vale v Stoke u21 game was the same! £3 per game before then all of a sudden jumped to £15!!!"

@safcclaire: "I’ll pay anything to watch the boys in red and white!!!!"

Newcastle United fans:

@Burnerislush: "15 quid a ticket?! How much they been in other rounds?"

Kevin Taylor: "£15 for u21 team and £10 for the 1st team just about says everything"

Tom Heaton: "£15 to see our bairns yet the Mackems get a free season ticket in a happy meal. Not really fair is it"

Steve Askew: "£15/ticket? Biggest game of the season for them!"