Hundreds of Newcastle fans believed they had won the prize…
It was as if the Newcastle programme editors were hoping to wind up their thousands of fans, supporters who are already struggling to comprehend their team being bottom of the Premier League under the leadership of a manager nobody seems to like.
Reports in the Metro explain that the club’s intention was to have one programme for the Hull match that included a ‘golden ticket’, which in turn entitled the winner to the opportunity to go backstage at a game and win a match-worn shirt from one of the players.
But the club were inundated with ‘prize winners’ due to the fact they had printed a picture to illustrate what the golden ticket looked like in the programme, confusing thousands of the Toon Army and leading them to think they had all won.
Newcastle fans have been feeling pretty down during a miserable 2014 for their side, and they are unlikely to have had their mood improved by this hideous howler from their own staff. Programme editor Anthony Marshall even tweeted in a bid to clear up the confusion:
Apologies to anyone confused by Golden Ticket page in today’s programme. The 1 printed was an example. Will be made clearer in future #nufc
— Anthony Marshall (@antmarshallNUFC) September 20, 2014
Things did at least improve a little on the pitch, where a late brace from Papiss Cisse earned Alan Pardew’s side a point against Hull.
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