The unofficial and organically grown Newcastle United singing section is now sold out.
Quickly following on from the 8,000+ family section selling out, the Strawberry corner (roughly where the Gallowgate ‘Corner’ was in the days of terraces/standing) has gone the same way.
With word spread by social media, once season ticket sales opened to the general public, fans who want to help create an atmosphere snapped up the seats that were at that time still available in the Strawberry Corner.
The atmosphere has really suffered in recent seasons, going much the same way as the action on the pitch.
However, the arrival of Rafa Benitez coincided with a few reminders of just how good the atmosphere can be at St James Park.
For those who missed out on getting seats in the singing section (Strawberry Corner), the good news is that the singing section is spreading, with fans now targeting the Gallowgate lower sections next to the Strawberry Corner.
If you already have a season ticket, it is a simple process to move seats is simple, either phone the ticket office on 0844 372 1892 or visit in person, alternatively you can email your request to move seats to [email protected]
The ticket office is on the Milburn Stand side of the ground and opening hours are 10am-5pm Mon-Fri and Sat 9am-4pm.
Those who are still to renew their season tickets have until the end of June to do so, so once July arrives there should be some extra seats then come available in the Strawberry Corner and adjacent areas.
When Chris Mort was running the club on Mike Ashley’s behalf, after discussions with supporters he implemented a singing section in the corner between the Leazes and Milburn.
Sadly, this was then later disbanded on Mike Ashley’s instructions, after the area became the focus for protests against his running of the club.
A big well done to those Newcastle fans responsible for the initiative in helping to create this new supporter led singing section and a bit like the team on the pitch under Rafa, it is the starting point for much better times ahead.
Older supporters will be amused at just how organised fans need to be to try and create the right conditions for a better atmosphere to come about.
In the days of terraces, paying on the door and standing wherever you wanted, the singing came from wherever the fans chose it to happen at any particular time.
The Leazes was the place to be until it was demolished in the 1970s and then the Gallowgate was where it was at, with singers split between the ‘Corner’ (next to East Stand) and the ‘Scoreboard’ (middle of the Gallowgate).
Though the benches in front of the East Stand were also popular, as well as a strip of seats at the end of the East Stand nearest the Gallowgate.