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6000 mags in the Stadium of Light on derby day - what could possibly go wrong?

The rumours have been circulating for weeks, and finally it has been revealed that Newcastle supporters have been given 6000 tickets for the upcoming Wear-Tyne derby. What could possibly go wrong?

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Well, after weeks of rumour and speculation it was finally confirmed this evening that Newcastle United supporters have been given an allocation of 6000 tickets for the upcoming Wear-Tyne derby at the Stadium of Light - the largest ticket allocation ever handed to our nearest and dearest rivals for this particular fixture.

The statement on SAFC.com reads:

Emirates FA Cup competition rules stipulate that the visiting Club shall have the right to claim up to 15% of all seats for which tickets are issued.

Following comprehensive dialogue with the Sunderland and Newcastle Safety Advisory Groups, Northumbria Police and Newcastle United, it has been determined that NUFC will receive an allocation of 6,000 tickets.

Away supporters will subsequently be situated in the North Stand Upper and North Stand Lower. We appreciate some season tickets holders will be displaced by this stadium configuration and further information for fans impacted by this is available below.

An agreement is in place with NUFC to replicate a 6,000-ticket away allocation should a replay be required at St James’ Park and following consultation with the Newcastle Safety Advisory Group and Northumbria Police, all parties are planning for this eventuality.

Full ticketing information can be found here on the club website.

6000 of them lot in our ground - what could possibly go wrong?

When rumours of a large allocation first circulated last week, I was told by those with an ear to the ground that the club were left in a tough spot and that people involved in the decision-making process were keen to give Newcastle their full 15% allocation, so I guess in that respect some leniency was agreed somewhere along the lines.

But... 6000? People will naturally point towards the club’s ownership on this one and ask whether this is just a cash grab, knowing they can sell all of those tickets to Newcastle supporters without the worry of filling our own seats.

On a day where many supporters have been left feeling uninspired by the apparent choice of new Head Coach, this news doesn’t exactly help to top up the positivity.

Let’s just hope for a win tomorrow to help distract us from all the noise.

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