CLUB ANNOUNCEMENT ON NEWCASTLE TICKETS
FA Cup incentive to attend Peterborough game
CHAD website, 13 December 2005
STAGS fans were given a big incentive to attend Saturday's home clash with Peterborough United (3pm) with the news that exclusive match vouchers for the FA Cup third round tie at Newcastle United will be handed out.
Demand for tickets for the big game at Premiership Newcastle on Saturday, 7th January, are expected to exceed demand for the allocation Mansfield Town will receive.
And Stags have thought carefully about the fairest way to make sure regulars don't miss out on the big day.
Newcastle tickets will go on sale from 9am on Monday to season ticket holders - one per season ticket holder on production of Voucher G from their season ticket wallet.
The season ticket holder can also purchase an additional ticket on production of a Peterborough match voucher.
They will be £20 adults, £17 OAPs (over 65) and £10 Under-16s. Newcastle adhere to strict policy on all admissions and proof may be required.
The tickets will remain on sale for season ticket holders only until 5pm on Thursday, 22nd December.
Tickets will then go on general sale to fans with Peterborough match vouchers on a first come first served basis - one per voucher - from 9am Tuesday, 27th December to 4pm on Friday, 30th December.
Mansfield Town stress that a Peterborough match voucher does not guarantee a Newcastle ticket, offering only priority on first come, first served.
Supporters are advised to arrive early for the Peterborough game on Saturday in light of the additional time required on the turnstiles to issue match tickets.
No FA Cup tickets will be sold to non-season ticket holders without a Peterborough match ticket.
Only equivalent match tickets will be offered - junior for junior, adult for adult.
It is unlikely any will remain for sale after that and Stags have dismissed suggestions that they will get as many as 8,000 tickets as 'nonsense'.
FA rules governing away club ticket allocation for FA Cup ties are dependant on it being a fully segregated area.
The Magpies have a segregated 3,000-seat away end. But they have agreed to move some of their season ticket holders and arrange segregation there.
Chairman Keith Haslam said: "Newcastle have said they will give us as many tickets as they possibly can, though we have had to buy the tickets - there is no sale or return.
"We have had to offer those tickets in the fairest way we could.
"If we had just allowed season tickets holders to buy two each then that would have been 2,400 sold already which is a large chunk of the allocation.
"We felt the fairest way to sell the other tickets was to the loyal supporters who turn up to our games which we are looking to do on Saturday.
"I know there will be one or two who will miss out due to other commitments but it's hard to please everyone."
Haslam added: "It is a mouthwatering tie.
"It is a great opportunity for supporters to visit a truly magnificent stadium and for the players to show what they can doon a great stage.
"Getting to the third round of the FA Cup has always been the benchmark.
"And playing at Newcsatle mens a lot to people in this area, many of who have family in the North-east and came down here for the mining industry."
Stags' main worries for the Peterborough game centre on striker Simon Brown and central defender Jon Hjelde.
Brown's recurrence of his hamstring injury saw him limp out of Saturday' win at Rushden after scoring.
It has improved a lot since then but he will be monitored on a daily basis. If he is not 100 per cent right then he will be left out with Stags' next game not being for another nine days after.
Hjelde has been ill with a bug for over a week and is still confined to home.
Comment (not from the CHAD): Newcastle United say they expect a crowd of 30,000 for the match.
This announcement appeared on the official site on Monday 12 Dec:
High Demand for Cup Tickets
Newcastle Utd Versus Mansfield Town
FA Cup Round 3
Saturday 7th January 2006 Kickoff 3.00pm
Mansfield Town have been inundated with enquiries about tickets for the clubs forthcoming FA Cup tie versus Newcastle Utd on 7th January.
Demand for tickets is expected to far exceed the allocation the Stags have received and therefore the club has decide to issue these highly sought after tickets on a priority basis through a exclusive match ticket which will only be available at the Peterborough game.
Phase one: SEASON TICKET HOLDERS ONLY
On sale from Monday 19 December (9.00am) - Thursday 22 December (5.00pm).
Season Tickets holders are entitled to ONE ticket per ticket holder on production of voucher A in the back of their ticket books.
* A second ticket may be purchased at the same time on submission of the Match ticket from the game at Field Mill versus Peterborough United (Sat 17/12/05)
* Non Season Ticket Holders from Tuesday 27 December (9.00am) - Friday 30 December (4.00pm).
* These tickets will be sold at ONE per person on submission of your matchday ticket from the Peterborough United game at Field Mill (17/12/05).
* Tickets will be sold from 9.00am - 4.00pm ONLY on Wednesday 28 December
Tickets in phase two will be sold on a first come first served basis and a Peterborough Ticket does NOTGuarantee you a Newcastle Ticket.
Please retain your entire ticket as this will be needed when you come to buy your ticket for the Newcastle United game at St James Park - NO FA Cup tickets will be sold without a Peterborough Matchday ticket.
Newcastle United have a very strict policy on concessions and proof may be required at the turnstiles. The tickets will be sold on an equivalent basis as the one you are submitting.
E.G. A Junior ticket from Field Mill could only be used to purchase a junior ticket for St James Park. NO Student Discounts available for this game
OAP (Over 65) £17.00
Junior (Under 16) £10.00
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