An elderly disabled longtime Newcastle supporter recently found out that her season ticket had been revoked for doing the absolute unthinkable.
She gave her ticket to her son to escort her two twin 14-year-old granddaughters. Clearly, a revokable offence...
OK, really, though—65-year-old Lilian Held hadn't missed a Newcastle match in 14 years. When Southampton visited St. James' Park on December 14th, Held couldn't attend due to being out on holiday. In need of an escort for her granddaughters, she gave her ticket to her son, Chris.
According to the Newcastle Chronicle, security kicked Chris Held out of the match 20 minutes into it when security checked his ticket and the names didn't match up. He was told that his mother would have to return to the grounds to retain her ticket.
Meanwhile, the teenagers were left to watch the remainder of the match by themselves.
When Held—who suffers from nerve damage in her back—went to get her ticket back, she was told that it had been revoked for the remainder of the season.
The longtime supporter of the club purchased the ticket from her late husband, who passed away from lung cancer in 1999, now has to pay full-price for a new season ticket, since hers has already been sold.
She told the Chronicle:
I was told my ticket would be suspended while the club investigated whether my son had sat in the seat regularly. I told them he never sits in the seat—I always sit in the seat and this was the first game I'd missed in 14 years. I only wanted the girls to be accompanied by an adult because I'm always there at home games to look after them.
When asked if I'd be missing the Boxing Day match, I was told I'd not only be missing that, I'd be missing the Arsenal match as well.
I have sat in that seat for 13 years. I'm a lifelong fan of Newcastle United and I worked for the club in the 1990s where I had my picture taken with Kevin Keegan.
Going to the match is the only bit of social time I get. I live for those home games. Taking my ticket from me and selling my seat without giving me the right to even argue my case has completely ruined my year.
To the surprise of no one, the move sparked outrage.
Newcastle United take season ticket from disabled gran after she allowed family member to use it http://t.co/z8lY9vtZXv— The Chronicle (@EveningChron) February 6, 2014
@EveningChron it's what we've come to expect from a club we used to love— Mick Collingwood (@Mickc1303) February 6, 2014
Hat tip to 101 Great Goals for the find.