I have to question why so many away tickets have been supplied for the Newcastle v Nottingham Forest match at the end of the month.

Forest have revealed (see below) that they have an initial allocation of 2,315 tickets, which no doubt will go up to the maximum 3,200 if they ask for them.

Newcastle fans expressed disbelief when it was announced they had been given such a low allocation of 2,002 tickets, with the actual figure turning out to be even less, Forest announcing the crowd (see below) on Friday night as 21,317, including only 1,866 Newcastle fans.

The City Ground has a capacity of 30,445 (according to the official Forest website) and on average usually has around 10,000 empty seats, Friday night seeing ‘only’ the 9,128 empty.

EFL rules state at least 2,000 (unless you have a capacity under 20,000) away tickets have to be made available, so Forest gave the bare minimum.

They were never going to get close to selling out to home fans, the last two home crowds had been 20,043 (v QPR) and 16,539 (v Cardiff), the highest so far being their local derby with Burton which attracted 23,012.

Like Hull City, Forest’s intention wasn’t to try and sell out the stadium to their fans, rather it was to keep a bare minimum of Newcastle fans.

Newcastle United should have given Forest fans 2,000 tickets and not a single one more than they are obliged to.

From Nottingham Forest Official Website:

Newcastle United v Nottingham Forest

St James Park

Friday 30 December (kick-off 7.45pm)

Forest have been given an allocation of 2,315 reserved seats located behind the goal in level 7 of the Leazes Stand.

This is a strictly ALL-TICKET fixture and tickets purchased through the Nottingham Forest ticket office are priced as follows: 

Adults – £27

Seniors (65-years-of-age and above) – £22

Under 18s – £14

Full-time students – £14

Tickets for the above fixture go on sale to away membership holders at 9am on Saturday 3 December and they will have until 5pm on Thursday 8 December to secure their seat before another sales period is announced. Supporters should note that tickets will be restricted to one per customer number.