Newcastle United fans have been left raving over the club’s official statement revealing their intent to help fans who have suffered as a result of the fixture change for the clash against Everton in April.
The Magpies’ visit to Goodison Park was originally scheduled for a regular 3pm kick off on Saturday 21st April but was a late change when the broadcast schedule was announced, with the match switched to an 8pm start on Monday 23rd April instead, in order to have the game shown live on Sky Sports.
Fans were left livid over the decision, which saw many out of pocket as a result of pre-booked accommodation and transport down to Merseyside, and has resulted in the club taking action.
As detailed on Newcastle’s official website and Twitter account, the Magpies are taking information from supporters, including the cost of bookings, to build a case to hand to the Premier League and other stakeholders to detail the impact such a late fixture change has had on the club’s faithful.
FANS: We've announced plans to ease the burden for fans left out-of-pocket by the rescheduling of our match at @Everton.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) April 12, 2018
In addition, they also revealed failed plans to charter a late train service to help the travelling fans return from Liverpool, while also handing fans a £5 vouched for refreshments when they get to Goodison Park.
The move has gone down well with fans, as they turned to Twitter to applaud the club’s efforts.
Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:
That’s as much as the club can do and fair play to them for this. It’s the least Mike Ashley thing I’ve seen for a while
— Alastair Campbell (@alastair10) April 12, 2018
Great gesture, this is how it should always be, club looking after its hardcore support
— George Cook (@cookster1969) April 12, 2018
???????? well played. Hopefully this can set the precedent for future seasons. Should be at least 3 months notice for tv fixture changes to allow people to organise travel in good time, without all the extra hassle.
— Nathan Nicholson (@JnathanN) April 12, 2018
It’s taken a long long long time, but good to see the club trying to do the right thing after so many mistakes!
— Mark500 (@MarkLawson500) April 12, 2018
Great gesture by the club ????????
— Sandra Farn (@hockeymom41) April 12, 2018
Great gesture and at least they are planning to investigate and feed it back to the FA.
No doubt people will still moan at what they get back from the club.#nufc
— GPM (@Geoff_NUFC) April 12, 2018
This is as far as Nufc could possibly go in trying to give refunds to supporters. I was affected by this, and I’m still travelling down by car now, however I have lost my train money so it’s brilliant to see they’re trying to get it sorted! Best club in the land ❤️
— NUFC_UPDATE (@NUFC_UPDATE) April 12, 2018
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