NUFC notebook: The truth about trying to get “gold dust” season tickets & Mike Ashley defeated

Newcastle United co-owner Jamie Reuben is fully committed to the Magpies ahead of what the board hope will be an exciting next phase of developments at St James’ Park.

Like club officials, the former Queens Park Rangers director was believed to by mystified by headlines suggesting he had “resigned” earlier this week. The truth is Reuben’s role has not changed “at all” according to sources close to the British business investor.

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Reuben, along with Amanda Staveley, will retain their current roles on the board, and the only thing that did change was the structure of the subsidiary company. The emergence of documents from Companies House that the pair had “resigned” were instantly played down by club chiefs with the papers deemed as “housekeeping” and following some company practice.

A source said: “There’s nothing for fans to worry about. It is onwards and upwards. Nothing is changing at all.”

Mike Ashley loses out in Adidas row for a second time

Having failed to secure an injunction to prevent Newcastle from proceeding with a deal to sell the new Adidas shirt at JD Sports, Mike Ashley attempted to appeal the decision at the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) this week.

Ashley wanted to flog the new Adidas shirts at Sports Direct and feared an unfair advantage by a competitor. However, a court ruled that United’s agreement with the new kit sponsors will stand.

Ashley was told that the court “do not consider that the appeal has any real prospect of success” in terms of an appeal and the argument ended there and then.

Season ticket blow for fans

Newcastle fans should know by now that the deadline for season tickets for 2024/25 comes just one day after the final game of the campaign at Brentford.

But anybody hoping to cash in on a season ticket is likely to be out of luck with Newcastle not releasing any new batches this summer. The last round of season tickets to be made available were two years ago when 1,000 were released to fans.

In the unlikely event of current season ticket holders not taking up the offer to renew, it is expected that those tickets will be sold on a game-to-game basis. It means, that – like the 1990s before the stadium went up to a 52,000 capacity – season tickets are like gold dust once again.

A Newcastle United Supporters’ Club statement read: “We do not expect any season tickets to go on sale this summer. Any season ticket not renewed, for whatever reason, will most likely be sold on a game-by-game basis going forward.”

United have been working with fans in the last year or so over the feasibility of the current ballot system with supporters having mixed success of netting Premier League tickets. Despite some fans being happy at St James’ Park the argument for moving to a bigger stadium has grown slightly by those who can’t get their hands on season tickets.

In 2022 it was understood that Newcastle’s number of season ticket holders was in the late 30,000 bracket. That is a far cry from the days of Mike Ashley handing out 10,000 tickets for free but with ambitious owners, it is clear that nobody is in a hurry to give up what have turned into prized possessions.

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