Newcastle United are continuing to spread the love…well, the money anyway, as Bristol City are the latest to report booming ticket sales.

Last season, the biggest crowd at Ashton Gate was the 15,791 who saw them play Huddersfield Town, but already Bristol City have sold over 18,000 for the Newcastle match and now the remaining tickets have gone on general sale,

Newcastle quickly sold out their 2,500 ticket allocation and the home end of the ground is also already sold out.

The match is already guaranteed to be the highest in the last 20 years and it is set to go beyond that, with it almost certain to exceed the 20,007 who watched the Bristol derby in January 1996.

In the last Championship season, Newcastle played at Ashton Gate in front of 19,144 in March 2010, two late goals from Jonas Gutierrez and Andy Carroll giving United a 2-2 draw.

Bristol City announcement:

‘City are targeting their largest crowd for 20 years when Newcastle United visit Ashton Gate a week today (Saturday, August 20th, 3pm).

Tickets for the Sky Bet Championship clash with Rafa Benitez’s side go on general sale at 10am, with a crowd in excess of 18,000 already guaranteed.

The away end is sold out for the Newcastle fixture, while no tickets will be available in the home end of the Atyeo Stand.

Only once since the Atyeo Stand was built in 1994 has Ashton Gate played host to a City match with a crowd in excess of 20,000. That was for the Bristol derby of January 1996 when 20,007 packed into the stadium.

Next Saturday’s league clash with the relegated Magpies could easily surpass that figure.’