This Is How FootballTicketNet Ruins My Childhood Dream
Posted on November 19, 2015
I am an avid Newcastle United fan, I bet some of you already knew that. I have so many happy and sad stories from being a Newcastle United fan, but this one, is my saddest stories.
It was started in a sunny day of 1997, when Dad (now he had passed away) took me to one of the sport shops in Semarang. A little me –at that time I studied in junior high school– stopped and stared at a clothes rack full of colourful fake jerseys. AC Milan, Sampdoria, Manchester United, Fiorentina, etc.
“You can pick the one that you like, son.” Dad smiled and rubbed my hair. Yay! I moved to the rack vigorously, choosing the jerseys. It was the time when I started playing football with my friends, and having the (fake) jersey, is a must.
I sorted the jerseys. AC Milan and Manchester United? Umm, no, too mainstream. Sampdoria? I don’t really like the badge, man with cigar? No. Fiorentina? Seriously, you want to play football with purple shirt? Umm, no. My next stop was a black and white shirt. At first glance, I thought it was Juventus jersey, but it was different, and none of my friends has jersey like this. I think it was cool to be different than others.
“Can I have this one, Dad?” I begged. It was Newcastle United jersey.
Of course it was slightly different from the image above, yes, because it was a counterfeit jersey. It didn’t have ‘adidas’ embroidery under the collar (lately, I put an ‘adidas’ iron-on sticker on it), it didn’t have the ‘Newcastle United’ print in the back, and the collar was too tight and almost killed myself when I use this jersey. It only had the Newcastle United badge (two sea horses flanked a black and white crest with castle and flag above it) –which I think it was the coolest logo until now (seriously, you put crane and devil to your football badge?)–, and the Newcastle Brown Ale logo on its chest. Thank God, that Dad didn’t know that it was an alcohol brand (My Dad is a devout moslem), so he still bought me the jersey.
Then I started to fall in love with Newcastle United because of their non mainstream jersey. Shallow? Yes. But it’s love. My first love, so you can’t blame it on me.
As a Newcastle United fan, my biggest childhood dream was visiting England to watch them play.
Later on, I started to idolise one of the Newcastle United players at that time, you know who, the mighty Alan Shearer. I bought many posters of him and filled my room’s wall with them. For your information, I never idolise a single person, as crazy as I idolise Alan Shearer. I hope it’s not too gay, but, I even wrote his name everywhere. Sorry, Justin Bieber.
They said that, “You can change your girlfriend, but not your favourite football team.”. Sadly, it’s true. Even though, I feel that I have fallen in love with the wrong team (they were almost relegated last season, and be at the bottom of the table in the beginning of this season), but I can’t change it. I’m madly in love with this team. The one you love, is the one who hurts you the most.
Now, I turned out as a travel blogger. Writing about my travel experience almost every week, and still in love with the (un)promising team, Newcastle United. Still, my dream has not changed, watching them play with my own eyes.
I keep writing and dreaming, until one night, in the end of June, one of my lovely readers asked me, “Where’s your dream destination?”
“Of course, England!” I answered spontaneously.
“Just choose the date, and I will try my best to fly you to England.” She said. ” Insha Allah, if God will, it will be your fortune.”.
Wow! That was one in a million opportunities, because it was not cheap and easy to go to England from Indonesia. So I browsed the date, searched when Newcastle United play, and decided to watch them play against Manchester United at Old Trafford on August 22nd.
Why Manchester United? Well, in Indonesia, 6 of 10 football lovers are Manchester United fans, and it’s been another dream for every football lovers in the world to come to Old Trafford, feel the ambience and the magic of Theatre of Dreams.
My friend, Alex, told me, “You will change your love to Manchester United, especially after you feel the magic atmosphere of Old Trafford.”
Oh yeah, can I? Interesting.
Then I picked up my departure date, it was two days before the match between Manchester United and Newcastle United.
“Okay.” Said my kind reader. A few days later, I had the ticket in my hand.
My next question was, how to get the football match ticket?
I asked my friend who lives in UK, and he said, “It’s kinda difficult to get Manchester United ticket, especially if you want to sit inside the away tribune. Maybe you have to try to buy from the ticket reseller.”
“But make sure you pick the legit one.”
With lack of understanding of what ‘legit’ means, I Googled the information about “How to buy Manchester United match ticket”. And I got this:
The first result that came was http://www.footballticketnet.com, with some sweet words: VIP Hospitality Tickets – Secure Booking – 100% Order Guarantee.
100% Order Guarantee. Interesting. So I checked their website.
The website is so clean. They have the image slideshow from the big teams, contact number from several countries, their services, their promises, and they also have a powerful tagline “Guarantee Your Satisfaction!”.
Some of their promises, are:
- 100% Order Guarantee
- Cheap & Competitive Prices
- Secure & Safe Transaction
- Valid & Authentic Tickets
- Delivery on Time to Any Address
- Skilled Customer Service Team
At that time, I have compared FootballTicketNet with some similar websites, but my thought was, “Umm no, I think FootballTicketNet is better. I guess I can rely FootballTicketNet to realise my childhood dream.”.
Then I sent some inquiry email to them, asked some questions about how to get the ticket from FootballTicketNet. I was so satisfied at how they response the email, it was fast and clear. On July 27, I finally bought the ticket for £127.00. For me, it was not a cheap price (the normal price was around £30.00), especially if I converted into Rupiah, which is Rp2,5Million only for a single football ticket. It is like a month salary for Indonesian civil servant, excluding their incentives.
No changes, cancellations, or refunds can be made. Okay, I hoped that this site is as ‘legit’ as I think, so I can write this lifetime experience on my blog.
On August 20, I already got email from FootballTicketNet, saying that my ticket will be delivered to the reception of my hotel on Friday, August 21, 2015, until 23.00.
“Nice, I think I don’t need to worry about it.”.
I was in Manchester on August 22 –after flew more than 7000 miles from Jakarta to Manchester with 15 hours of flight– finally I’m here, In England, ready to watch the match. I walked hastily from Manchester Piccadilly Station to Hatters Hostel at Hilton Chambers, a place where I would stay in Manchester, also a place where FootballTicketNet would deliver my ticket.
I opened the hostel’s door vigorously, climbed up the stair to the second floor, put my huge backpack on the floor, and greeted the cute receptionist there. After some cheesy lines, I threw my main question, “Do you have any package for me, from FootballTicketNet?”
She left for a moment in order to look for the package, before came back with confusing face, “We don’t have any package for Mr. M Arif Rahman.” She shook her head. “Sorry.”
And that was when my saddest story started.
It was 10 in the morning, when I was almost crying in the hostel lobby. I tried to make a logical act, contacting FootballTicketNet, in order to find out where my ticket is.
First, I sent an email to their emergency email (yes, they gave me the address just in case something happened to my ticket, and it did happen), and I got the fast response, but from the automatic machine.
After few minutes without any replies, my next step was contacting them directly through their line (+44-2036954911), and a woman named Linda answered my phone. I explained her about my issue, and she told me that my ticket had already delivered to my hostel.
“But the fact is, I haven’t received my ticket yet.” I insisted.
“Wait a moment.” Then, Linda told me that the courier would come to the hostel, to check that the ticket had delivered properly last night. “He will arrive in one hour. I will call you for any updates.”
An hour later. Still, no one came to the hostel to deliver my ticket, nor the incoming call from FootballTicketNet. I was going back and forth to the receptionist, asked her to do double checking, or maybe triple checking her mailbox, to find my ticket.
“Nothing.” She answered while some people wearing Manchester United jersey ware passing the lobby to go to the stadium, to watch the match. Uh, how I wish that I can join them.
I made a phone call to FootballTicketNet again, using my last phone balance. The answer was still the same, “Just wait, he will come.”
30 minutes later, I contacted them again. This time, I asked the receptionist to make a call for me, using their number. The answer was surprising. FootballTicketNet insisted that they had delivered my ticket at 10 PM last night, and a woman named Loisa had signed the delivery receipt, but Hatters Hostel said that they had not received the ticket, and the most shocking fact was, there is no one named Loisa there.
No one named Loisa is working in Hatters Hostel.
“She was so mean in the phone.” The receptionist commented about her call with FootballTicketNet, “She kept yelling, and saying bad things to me.”
“And how about my ticket?” I asked anxiously, because the match will be started at 12.45, and I had not got the ticket.
She only shook her head. Drowned in despair, I sent them another email, and Vera replied it minutes later.
At 12.30, the only thing I could do was crying. I cried manly in silence, until the receptionist saw me. I wiped my tears, and told her about my story, about the love of my life –Newcastle United, about my 7000 miles journey from Jakarta to Manchester, and about the 15 hours of flight I had been through, only to watch football match, where my favourite team would be playing against Manchester United, the world’s most favourite team.
That was a thing that a real man will do anything to get, which a woman probably will not get it.
The next thing happened was, she started to cry, probably because of my story, or maybe my miserable face. I knew that she really wanted to help, but she did not know how. After I lost my Dad, this was my biggest heartbreak.
I wished that I could fly to the stadium, sit in the rooftop, and watch the match. But what I did at that time was, sending another email to FootballTicketNet, asking for their responsibility.
But it was useless.
Again, I tried to call them again using the hostel’s phone. It was my last call to them for my entire life. I asked about where my ticket is, where the courier now is, what the name of the courier is, also what the phone number of the courier is. Strangely, they didn’t have the answers. They only said that I had to wait patiently for the courier, and they would contact me when the courier has arrived. Well, for me, I did not think that it was a British attitude, because they left their responsibility on me.
I put down the phone, and looked at the receptionist. “Do you know any sport bar around here?” My last plan popped up. ” I want to watch the match there.”
“Just two blocks from here, Tib Street Tavern, you can watch the match there.”
I ran as quickly as possible, at that time, you could see my transformation to Usain Bolt.
The match itself was good, it was one of the best performances from Newcastle United this season, and the good debut match from Florian Thauvin, especially when he jinked against Luke Shaw. Before the half time, I got another email from FootballTicketNet.
And I replied cynically.
Unfortunately, until the match was over, there was no reply, nor a phone call from FootballTicketNet, a company that bragged themselves as “The Biggest Ticket Reseller in Europe”.
But I am okay, at least for now.
I really enjoyed the match.
I really watched football in Manchester.
I really watched Newcastle United played in England.
Inside a local club, where everyone supports Manchester United.
Three days after the match, I received another emails from Football Ticket Net, expressing their apology. But where were they when I needed them the most?
They gave me two options to heal my heartbreak, one was full refund, and the other was giving me a ticket for another match. Because, I do not live in England, so I do not have any choice, but asked for full refund.
For me, the biggest concern was not the refund, but the opportunity cost that I had lost when I couldn’t see that match.
Years of waiting,
thousand miles of journey,
hours of flight,
excitement to wait.
They were all wasted.
Going to England, for common Indonesian people like me, is a rare chance, also one in a million opportunity, and FootballTicketNet had ruined my childhood dream trip. Thank you so much for that.
Now, I wish that I can visit England again. Of course to watch Newcastle United play, like I did on August 28 at St. James Park. At that time, I did not buy the ticket from FootballTicketNet, The Biggest Ticket Reseller in Europe, who had taught me another lesson about heartbreak, and left a pain in my heart.
Lesson learned: Be careful when you buy football ticket from FootballTicketNet, or simply just find another seller.
Today, until I post this article, I have not heard any news about my ticket nor the courier who supposedly delivered my ticket. Is he still in the hospital? I don’t know, but God knows what really happened that day.
Yes, we draw against Manchester United in Old Trafford.
Oh, why do you have to be a heartbreaker Is it a lesson that I never knew (Dionne Warwick)
Tagged: football, FootballTicketNet, Manchester, Newcastle United, scam
Bahasa Inggris euy … keren pisan
Wahaha, masih belajar nih Kang. Nuhun.
Ngenese mase, dulu waktu beli tiket onlen konser shahrukhkhan aku juga degdegan. gimana dia nganter pas hari H dll. waktu di bogor aku ditelpon kurirnya mau nyamperin ke lokasi konser.
sorry to hear your sad story but I wish you can comeback again to England. Ajak gueeee wkwkw
Iyo ngenes beut iki mas, tapi mbiyen awakmu aman yo?
Aameeeen, ayo rono rame rame lah!
Wihh full bahasa Inggris nih Mas Ariev. Kereeen tulisannya. salam kenal ya saya Imron dari Jakarta
Salam kenal Mas Imron, terima kasih sudah baca yaaa 😀
Tulisan in dsponsori oleh PopMie Kari Keju 😀
Hahaha, Anak Mas Keju lebih enak tuh!
Hahaha ora mas :p
ikutan sedih bacanya mz 😦
padahal situsnya kredibel banget keliatannya
Jadi sampe sekarang refund pun gak ada kabar?
Iya mb aku juga sedih mb, minta peluk mb 😦
Kalau refund sih sudah masuk, tapi sakitnya itu 😦
Meleleh saya bacanya mas Ariev….. dan juga ikut deg2an nunggu gimana akhirnya. Well, as an online shop loyal customer, I learned your lesson. I’m not a football hard fans as you are, but i can feel your heart break. It takes a big heart to share this sad story. Anyway, I enjoy your writing, even it is in english.
Makasih Mbak Nina, walaupun masih banyak salah grammar di tulisan ini.
Semoga banyak hal-hal baik yang terjadi berikutnya 🙂
Mas, I FEEL YOU!
jadi ikutan sedih. Hiks, apalagi pas lagi lawan MU.
Padahal kalau aku datang, mungkin MU bakalan kalah.
Mana mungkin, Mz. Hahahaha.
Padahal tinggal masuk stadion MU. namanya juga belum jodoh, mas 😦
Kan udah sujud syukur di tanah Sucinya Newcastle United 😀
Iya, padahal udah tinggal dikit lagi sampai stadionnya, tapi ya namanya nasib.
Hooh itu penting tuh naik haji di Newcastle.
kok aku sedih ya mas 😦
tur gemes sama FootballTicketNet nya.
kok ga ada inisiatip ngganti tiket dulu apa piye
mudah mudahan diberi kesempatan lagi ya mas 😀
Iya aku juga sedih mbak 😦
Nah itu dia, mereka gak nawarin solusi apa apa kecuali menunggu hal yang gak pasti. Gemesnya lagi, mereka bahkan gak tahu nama kurir dan nomor teleponnya.
Aamiin, semoga ya bisa ke sana lagi 😀
Feeling super blank after reading this. I’m sure I would cry (in silence) when something like this happen to me. 😦 Youl’ll get another chance. Just believe. 🙂
Amen, Kak Bulan! I do believe for a miracle 🙂
kalo dilihat dari email dsb kok terlihat normal ya. maksudku, mereka nggak langsung ngilang gitu aja. mereka masih menanggapi email dari mas Ariev juga.
ya mungkin mas Ariev belum hoki aja. atau tandanya mas Ariev harus ke Inggris lagi 😀
Iya, awalnya menanggapi dengan baik, tapi ketika terjadi kasus, mereka ngilang, kan gemez!
Aamiin, pasti akan ke sana lagi, kalau ada keajaiban 😀
turut sedih mas…
semoga ada kesempatan lain waktu, mungkin kesana bareng keluarga 🙂
Tuhan selalu punya cara terbaik untuk hamba hambanya
Aamiin, makasih mas. Semoga ini memang jalan terbaik menurut Tuhan 🙂
Wha ga bener nehhh
Yang bener gimana masss?
kok sedih ndheiz :(((
Iyo ndaaaa :((((
I started mbrebes mili mas moco tulisanmu. A great fanatism, a great journey and a great story. Kuwereeennn maseeee.
Waduh suwun maseeee, ojo nangis meneh yooo. #RESPECT
Mz kamu ngiris bawang ya mz…? 😦
Nggak mz, aku disakiti mb ucy mz 😦
I am sorry for what you’ve been through.
They really don’t know how famous you are in Indonesia.
I bet they will fly you again to London in the near future for free.
(((HOW FAMOUS YOU ARE)))
Amen for that, as biggest ticket reseller in Europe, it’s an easy thing for them supposedly.
Thanks Kak 🙂
Atiku ceklek. British ra urus. Hope you can go back to England and come back here with a different story one day, a happy story. 🙂
Huhuhu, kene tak benekke atine mbak.
Aamiin aamiin, there always sunshine after the rain, and manten after mantan kan!
wow… pengalaman yang luar biasaaa.. ga kebayang perasaannya waktu itu kaya gimana. bener sih, bukan masalah refund, tapi momentnya itu ya.
tetep semangat kak! 🙂
Ahaha iyaaa pengalamannya tak ternilai ya kak 😂😂😂
Iya momennya itu yang hilang, dan gak bakal bisa terulang. Makasih kak! 😀
sedih sedih lucu, ya mz..
nonton di klub lokal, eh isinya kebanyakan fans United. Aduh :))
Hahaha, iya dan selama pertandingan gak berani komen apa apa kalau Newcastle dapet bola :))))
akhirnya rilis cerita ini.
Cerita yang sangat menyedihkan, saya tidak bisa membanyangkan jika saya di posisimu, jika saya sudah di depan Juventus Stadium tapi gak bisa masuk karena kurir tiketnya gak bawa tiketnya. Mungkin akan menagis sekeras-kerasnya. #hikzzz
Tapi tenang saja bro,
Footballticket.net hanya menunda mimpimu, selalu ada cara untuk mewujudkannya kembali. Mungkin inilah yang terbaik.
Saya yakin suatu saat nanti keberuntungan akan berpihak padamu.
Kok saya sudah mirip mario teguh yah..Hehehehe
Iya akhirnya ya bro, selama ini kelamaan nulisnya kalau bahasa Inggris, hahahaha.
Iya kan udah di kotanya tapi gak bisa nonton itu gimana coba rasanya? Bisa nonjokin tembok stadion deh.
Aamiin aamiin, semoga akan ada hal-hal menyenangkan ke depannya.
Kurang botak bro kalau mau jadi Mario Teguh hahaha.
semoga someday ada kesempatan lagi yaa rif. diganti dengan yang lebih baik. amiiin.
Aamiin, aamiin, makasih kak!
Yeay gara-gara artikel ini, Kak Ninit main ke sini, yeay! 😀
Oh jadi ceritanya begitu toh, awal mula suka sama newcastle united. pantesan pertama kali tau, kok ini orang suka dengan football team yang kurang terkenal? kok bukan ngidolain team macam MU..oh..jadi ini alasannya.
Wahahaha, iya alasannya shallow sih, karena jersey.
Waktu tahun itu sih terkenal klubnya hahaha.
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i feel you mas. blm pernah sih (jgn sampe) ngerasain hal yg sama. cita2 dari kecil giliran udh smpe sana, ga bisa masuk gara2 si Football ticket net, beuh, itu pasti sakiiittt bgt. hiks.
mudah2an ada kesempatan kesana lg ya mas. kali aja bareng. kali aja pas match Newcastle sama MU lagi.. #GGMU mas arief! hihi
Iya jangan sampai kejadian lah mbak, cukup di aku aja hehehe. Aamiin semoga bisa nonton di Old Trafford, dan menang! 😛
Everyone will love the mighty Alan Shearer.
I’m the fan of Manchester United and I can feel your disappointment but everything happens for a reason. Be patient for another good chance that will come to you again.
I’ll put your name in my prayer as I still keep one of my biggest dream to go to Old Trafford 🙂
Yes, Shearer is almighty, haha.
Amen, please call me when you’re there and let’s hope for miracle.
Thank you! 😀
semoga nanti bisa ke sana lagi ya 🙂
Aamiin, terima kasih ya 🙂
Walopun ga terlalu bisa bahasa inggris tp saya ikut sedih bang 😞
Saya juga sedih :(((
Keren bgt mas ceritanya!!! Aku jadi ikutan kesel sama reseller ticketnya hih bikin gregetan bgt:( btw, aku fans MU nih mas haha
Aku apalagi, gregetan banget! Pengin jambak-jambak rambutnya waktu itu, tapi gak bisa!
Kenapa sih orang Indonesia banyak yang jadi fans MU? Hahaha.
I felt bad reading your tweet on that day. Hopefully you will get another chance to fulfil your childhood dream!
p.s.: that snippet of Dionne Warwick’s song at the end… never thought you listen to her song 😛
Amen! Hope I get more chances to watch Newcastle United there.
Haha, about that song, the mellow side of me urges me to hear that song 😀
aw this sucks … No i think that my past heartbroken experience(s) as a customer is nothing compared to yours…..
I hope you will get another chance in the future 😀 and who knows that it might be during Newcastle United Golden Era
*Now,I think ….
ps : Mantab sekali post ini ditulis dalam inggris jadi orang2 yg search soal penjual tiket tsb banyak yg bisa lihat 😛
Hahaha, that’s the point.
After I wrote this post, believe or not, the manager of FootballTicketNet contacted me 😀
If you don’t mind, please spread the post everywhere so anyone can read and be more careful when buying ticket online.
ahaha similar thing ordering something that they accept, but in the end they unable to comply, happen couple times,but yeah, let bygones be bygones ahaha.
Hope the manager no asking for you to delete this post otherwise they will sue you XD (well if it’s American website, that threat might happen LOL). but since you not living there this very less likely to happen XD.
Common problem, you order something they accept but in the end they unable to comply ahaha…not actually that sad happened few times lol
Well I do hope the manager not threatening you to delete this post otherwise they will sue you ahaha (if it’s American company this might happen lol) but since you not living in UK this very unlikely to happen XD.
Sure ahaha as matter of fact I found this article from a friend who share this, as I usually don’t read for travel blog ^^
Ah I see, it happens all the time ya, hahaha. Atau kadang barang yang dipesan datangnya gak sama kayak yang diinginkan.
Oh really, they can sue me? For what reasons? Haha. In this case, the one that can make a sue is me, right? 😀
And thanks for reading my blog, hope you won’t regret it hahaha.
So, what was your past heartbroken experience? 😀
So sorry to know what happened to you in the UK. Pelajaran berharga juga buat yang lain supaya ekstra hati-hati kalau mau beli tiket lewat reseller. Tapi masih ada hari esok, dan kesempatan untuk nonton Newcastle United secara langsung bisa saja datang dengan cara yang tidak diduga-duga.
Iya pengalaman buruk ini biar jadi pelajaran untuk semua, dan aamiin buat doanya 😀
…ajarin aku bahasa inggris mas…. wkwkwk
Ah kak acen gak usah enggresan juga pembaca udah banyak kok wkwk.
Ga sadar ikutan netes air mataku bacanya, Rif. Semoga diganti yang lebih baik, ya. Aamiin. My husband is a big fan of MU, btw. Pantang MU disebot-sebot. *siapa yang nanyak*
*lap air matanya*
Aamiin mbak! Semoga bisa nonton MU di sana sama suwamik yaaa, dan gak ketipu calo tiket kayak akuh :((((
impianku ama suami jg bisa ngeliat Liverpool main lgs someday… Oke, kita ga bakal beli tiket dari website abal2 itu -__-.. ngenes bgt mas bacanya…
Iyaaa, apalagi aku yang ngalamin, cedih aneeett 😦
Aamiin, semoga bisa ke Anfield! Eh Liverpool kotanya magical loh 😀
Huhuu..Sedih banget, Mungkin belum jodohnya, gw doain ntr lu diponsori ke Inggris trus bs nonton mereka lagi hehe
Sponsorin aku ke Aussie dong kak, biar bisa main sama kamuh :3
yaaa allaaahh maaass..
baca ceritamu Aku kayak baca surhatan pria yg pdkt,ngajak kopdar adoh-adoh eh mbake ra njedul..kan sedih banged kaaaann..😭
sabar ya mas,maem bronis dulu aja..
Huhuhuhu, iyaaaa aku di-PHP!
Aku mau disuapin bronis mb 😦
😦 So sorry to hear that. Gak kebayang kalau hal yang sama terjadi ke saya, hiks. Nanti pasti bisa balik kok, kak! Siapa tau sekalian diarak keliling stadion
Iya sedih banget sih 😦 semoga gak kejadian sama siapa pun yang nonton ya.
Aamiin, semoga terjadi banyak hal baik di kemudian hari 😀
Sudah bhs inggris, panjang pula
Hahaha, jadi sedihnya karena itu ya?
That was so sad & unfortunate Arif.
I cam empathize with you very well.
It’s an eye opener for rest of us and nobody should deal with this company in future. Good that you wrote about it. I’ll share it with my followers.
BTW, I am coming to your place again. 🙂
Yes, I knew, that was my bad luck 😦
Amen, thanks for sharing it Nisha!
And enjoy Indonesia, hope you like it like I do 😀
sabar ya mz..
apalagi skg newcastle emang lagi terpuruk..
minggu kemarin aja dilibas palace 5-1 😦
banyak-banyak berdoa semoga gak degradasi~
😦 😦 😦
Iya mz, semoga masih bertahan di premier league musim depan, semoga setelah transfer window II bisa berubah.
Sorry to hear of your misfortune.
For future reference you might want to consider jumping on Twitter and asking some of the well known NUFC accounts to pass around your request for a ticket in the NUFC end (if it’s an away game). Generally speaking you’ll be able to get a ticket at face value handed to you outside the ground by a fan, assuming of course there are spares going.
Keep your chin up friend, there’ll be plenty more tears to shed watching the toon play footy!
Thanks for your attention, next time, I will try to find it on Twitter first.
Hope I can watch more games there, with happy tears.
Howay The Lads!
Such a heartbreaking story. I’m really sad just reading this.
I’m also a Newcastle fan and watching Newcastle plays in St.James’ Park was also my childhood dream. Fortunately, I made it come true in 2012.
Anyway, get the ticket in home game is a lot easier than in away game, and lot cheaper as well because you can buy it directly from the Newcastle’s official site.
So next time, I wish you a good luck if you still decide to go for away game, but trust me, the atmosphere in St.James’ Park is the best. And there are so many Geordies out there willing to help you about the ticket. 🙂
Keep on dude, you’ll have another chance to watch the toon play again. !
Hi Nerisa, thanks for stopping by here.
Actually, the story was happened in August 22 in Manchester for an away game. But a week later on August 29, I made it happened in SJP, when I watched the game against Arsenal. I agree that the atmosphere there is just … amazing! So many fans chanted and cheered all the times.
Thanks for your support, hope I can make it again.
Btw, I saw in your blog that you’ve been in Indonesia. Just let me know if you’re around Jakarta or maybe any other places in Indonesia 😀
Wow so it’s great you made it to St.James’ Park. 🙂
Thanks for your kindness. I’ll let you know if I have any chance to go to Indonesia again. ;P
Cheers! Enjoy your weekend there 😀
Wuih, sedih nemen nek gitu. Saya gak bisa bayangin jauh-jauh dateng ke Anfield terus liat Liverpudlian masuk stadion karena bentar lagi kick-off, dan tiket yang saya pesen jauh-jauh bulan (bukan lagi jauh-jauh hari) entah di mana.
Btw, entah tahun berapa itu saya pernah baca feature fan Newcastle United ke Inggris di tabloid Bola. Mas Arif bukan ya?
Iya mas, kebayang kan sedihnya gimana hehe. Untungnya minggu depannya kebagian tiket di St James’ Park, jadi bisa nonton, walaupun kalah juga hahaha.
Bukan mas, bukan aku 😛
Hi mas ariev..
Just read your story, and sympathize with the facts that you went all the way there and left disappointed not being able to watch your favorite team. As a long-time ManU fan, reading ur story of trying to watch The Toon Army vs The Red Devils at Old Trafford, instead of St. James, is mind-blowing. When u said ur a fan since ’97, my mind went immediately to the Shearer-Asprilla duo, David Ginola, Peter Beardsley, and remembered when Newcastle thumped ManU 5-0.
I had and still have the same dream as you. Standing there at Old Trafford watching my idols. I may not be able to see Giggs, Scholes or Becks running on the pitch, but knowing that they were there once, just like Shearer scoring hundreds of goals for Newcastle, would be a dream come true (literally). And i can only imagine your agony. So close, yet so far.
Salam kenal ya, Mas. Smg suatu hari nanti sy bs merealisasikan mimpi sy. Dan terima ksh utk share ceritanya, smg mjd pembelajaran utk smua avid fans diluar sana. Including myself. I’d love to watch ManU vs Newcastle with you someday and have a chat about the yesteryears of our beloved teams.
NB : your post is shared to me from a mutual friend of ours – Michan.
Hi Mas Pito, salam kenal juga, salam untuk Michan juga 🙂
Yes, indeed, that was my heartbreaking experience, second biggest thing after I lost my Dad.
I wish that someday I can watch Newcastle United play at Old Trafford (but probably not this season haha), because they said that the atmosphere from Theatre of Dreams is really amazing.
Back to the 97, when Newcastle was so powerful really make me proud of this club. I hope you can make your dream come true soon, especially when MU still have Ibrahimovic and Mourinho. I guess they can bring the glory back to United. Eh wait, for me there is only one United, hahaha.
PS: Manchester is a beautiful city, –not as friendly as Liverpool and not so noisy like Newcastle but they have many attractions there, you should go there someday.
Sorry to hear ths man. My experience with football ticket net was very different, as I got Community Shield tickets for 4 of us without any problem. Great blog anyway. I’m also supporting The Magpies, aside another mighty United 🙂
Yes, it’s probably only my bad luck, hope it won’t happen to anyone in the future.
Thanks for reading my post, howay and GGMU! 😀
Gk kebayang kalo sya ngalamin kejadian spt ini, udah jauh2 gtu datangnya. Kecewa si klo spt itu, But i think it will be a good lesson for the next one. Jadi ada prepare solusi lain jika terjadi spt ini lg kedepannya. Setidaknya dapat pengalaman legit dari kejadiian ini.
Iya jangan sampai kak, semoga kejadian ini gak menimpa orang lain, karena pasti akan sedih banget kalau sampai kejadian.
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