For the first time this season, the number of Newcastle fans at the Leicester match was an increase on the previous home match.
The overall crowd total yesterday was 50,151, with 3,200 travelling fans in the away section, joining the 46,951 home supporters.
This made it 2,352 more home fans than when Stoke visited.
Whilst no doubt you might have had a few more neutrals there attracted by Leicester’s attacking football and the Jamie Vardy record thing, plus no doubt a few more Leicester in the posh seats (not away section)…there were still at least a couple of thousand Newcastle fans who had been tempted back.
Whether it was the decent show against Stoke and/or the fortunate win at Bournemouth and climb out of the relegation zone, we had our first fifty thousand crowd since Arsenal back in August.
So far the crowds at St James Park read:
49,710 v Southampton (48,460 home fans, 1,250 away supporters)
50,388 v Arsenal (47,188 home fans, 3,200 away supporters)
47,806 v Watford (45,556 home fans, 2,250 away supporters)
48,682 v Chelsea (45,521 home fans, 3,161 away supporters)
47,006 v Norwich (44, 890 home fans, 2,116 away supporters)
47,139 v Stoke (44,639 home fans, 2,500 away supporters)
50,151 v Leicester (46,951 home fans, 3,200 away supporters)
After the Leicester shambles we all saw, the reaction of the Newcastle fans way before the end of the match was ominous.
In fact I would say that with each passing minute the mood could well be described as ever more mutinous, sitting in the Leazes End the anger at what people were watching was doing more than bubble under the surface.
The emptying of St James Park before the final whistle was a match for anything that has gone before in recent seasons.
Just look at these photos of the stands as play was still going on and at the final whistle…
(Milburn stand at top of article)
What a time for the club to announce that half season tickets, ‘only’ £304 for the cheapest adult tickets (outside the family section), to see the last 10 home games of the season – what a bargain!
Liverpool in two weeks time could see the crowd artificially lifted by the usual scouse gloryhunters in the home sections and posh seats, as well as interested neutrals.
However, unless things significantly improve on the pitch in intervening matches, when we play Villa at home on the Saturday before Christmas in a relegation six pointer (and incidentally the last game before the half season tickets kick in), St James Park could be a cold hard place for our workshy heroes from yesterday to strut their stuff.
With Aston Villa only taking 1,600 tickets and no doubt struggling to even sell those out, the festive atmosphere all around the stadium is going to take some lifting.
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