Whatever happens on the pitch this season, Newcastle United are set to be the main focus of attention off the pitch in the Championship.
With Aston Villa season ticket sales well under 20,000, Villa owner Tony Xia recently said that he wished they had fans like Newcastle United, when the Newcastle season ticket sales figure was revealed to have reached 33,000.
Tony Xia will be even more envious now, with the new Newcastle season ticket sales figure revealed to have now topped 35,000.
George Caulkin of The Times has revealed this new total and as a comparison, he says that last season Newcastle sold 32,500 season tickets in total. A quite remarkable story considering the club’s relegation.
In addition, Newcastle are expected to have anything up to 7,000 fans at Fulham tonight, in a match that will see the first sellout crowd at Craven Cottage for some time. Both home and away fans filling the stadium despite the game going out on live TV.
Finally, yet more ticket allocations continue to be sold out all over the place to watch the latest episode in Newcastle’s turbulent history.
News this morning that Huddersfield Town only had around 100 tickets left for their trip to St James Park, when the ticket office opened this morning.
These were snapped up straight away and so Newcastle’s first home match on Saturday 12 August will see 3,200 official Huddersfield Town fans make the trip to St James Park.
To give that some context, the local Huddersfield newspaper, The Examiner, revealed that last season Huddersfield took 1,131 fans on average to away matches in the Championship and their biggest away following was 2,317 when they played at Hull.
The match in eight days time will be the first league clash between Huddersfield and Newcastle in 32 years, the last time they met was in the 1983/84 season when Kevin Keegan captained Newcastle to promotion.
By sheer coincidence, Huddersfield’s second away match of this season is against Newcastle’s fellow relegated team Aston Villa, though Paul Merson’s favoured team isn’t proving quite so much of a draw.
With only 11 days to go to that Huddersfield trip to Aston Villa, there are still plenty tickets left of the 1,500 allocation that Huddersfield requested from Villa.