As Newcastle fans we have to see the funny side.
The players have made the worst possible start to the season with zero points out of six and mainly ponderous low excitement football, yet tickets are flying out.
Fulham away was a sellout with some 7,000 Newcastle fans in attendance.
Huddersfield was announced as a sellout (over 52,000 there but some empty ones spotted in posh seats in Leazes).
Now Newcastle United have announced on Tuesday morning that there is limited availability of seats left for Reading, despite the visitors only taking 1,000 tickets.
It looks all but certain to mean over 100,000 fans passing through the St James Park turnstiles in the space of a handful of days.
On top of that, Bristol City have confirmed that they will have their biggest crowd in over 22 years when Newcastle visit on Saturday.
Altogether now, ‘We’re Geordies we’re mental we’re off our….’
Bristol City Announcement:
‘Saturday’s clash with Newcastle set for landmark crowd
Only seats in the Lansdown Stand upper tier remain
Biggest crowd since FA Cup clash with Liverpool in 1994 anticipated
City will record their biggest crowd for 22 years when Newcastle United come to Ashton Gate this weekend (Saturday, 3pm).
Lee Johnson’s side have made a cracking start to the 2016/17 campaign, winning their first three games against Wigan Athletic, Wycombe Wanderers and Burton Albion.
It’s actually the first time since 2001/02 that City have opened a season with three straight wins. Danny Wilson’s side in that campaign actually won four in a row, beating Northampton Town, Swindon Town, Cheltenham Town and Wigan.
In the stands, City have only attracted nine 20,000-plus attendances since 1990, the largest against Chelsea in the FA Cup back in January 1990 (24,535).
With the Lansdown Stand lower tier operating at a ten per cent capacity reduction for the Newcastle game, and the upper tier – open to home fans for the first time but still with safety limitations on numbers – it looks unlikely the attendance from that Chelsea game will be surpassed.
However, the crowd will top the Bristol derby attendance of 1996 (20,007), the last to attract a figure in excess of 20,000.
Sales have just surpassed the 21,000-mark, so this weekend’s Sky Bet Championship encounter will be the biggest football crowd at Ashton Gate since the 1-1 draw with Liverpool in the FA Cup third round tie of January 1994 (21,718).’