Pardew has also asked for the fans to fill St.James’ Park and be the proverbial twelfth man, this is what he said about them to the Newcastle United TV Channel;
“We saw a few of the fans in Red Square earlier today, nice to see them, a great effort because it wasn’t easy to get here.
It wasn’t one of the greatest games because we were both technically sound and limited the chances.
Hopefully pleased with the result and they’ll have a safe journey home.
We’re going to need a lot of fans in St.James’ Park because they’ll make a difference, they are a really good team with four five top top players”.
Personally, I think it would be a great PR gesture, and the right thing to do, if Newcastle United refunded each of those 72 fans £XXX of what they’d roughly have paid to do the trip. These are the real hardcore fans and a gesture like that would represent another big step in closing the gap between Mike Ashley/the club and the supporters.
The club will have the details of the 72 so it isn’t like they are opening the floodgates for where there’s roubles there’s a claim.
At the very least why not invite the 72 into the directors box for the home leg, it would create the kind of positive publicity you just can’t buy.