Newcastle United reduce ticket prices for key Boxing Day clash

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The club should be praised for wanting to 'ease the financial burden' for supporters during the busy festive season.

When Newcastle United fans make the trip south-west for their big Boxing Day trip to face Manchester United, they'll be carrying with them a late Christmas present: a discounted match ticket. 

With no trains running that day, forcing traveling fans to face the extra costs of driving to and parking at Old Trafford, the club have decided to use their away fans fund to take £10 off of the usual price of a ticket.

"Newcastle's visit to Old Trafford is always hugely-popular with our fans but it does present real challenges for many this season with the fixture taking place on Boxing Day," explained Lee Marshall, the supporter liaison manager at Newcastle United, according to The Mirror.

"The unanimous response was that a ticket subsidy would benefit as many supporters as possible," he added. "The away fans fund is designed to make it as easy as possible for supporters to travel to watch their team so we hope the £10 discount will really help again."

With Newcastle fans facing two of their four games being away over the busy, and already expensive, festive period, the club are doing the right thing by the fans who hope to see a repeat of last season's 1-0 victory. 

The costs associated with traveling to away games is always on the minds of football clubs, and Boxing Day fixtures only accent the point; lest we forget the public ticking off Phil Brown gave his Hull City side after they slumped to Manchester City on that day six years ago.

Alongside the Boxing Day deal, Newcastle also offer discounted away tickets on a reciprocal basis with Southampton, Stoke City, Swansea City, Everton, and West Bromwich Albion.

The deal lets the Toon Army travel to their grounds for a discounted price, with their fans able to attend away games at St James Park for a reduced fee as well. 

Traveling to Premier League games is expensive, and away matches even more so. Newcastle should be praised for their continued efforts to reduce the costs for traveling fans. 

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