St James Park became used to seeing some embarrassing turnouts from Aston Villa fans.

The West Midlands club usually one of the worst supported clubs in the Premier League when travelling to Newcastle United.

Things don’t appear to have changed much with it now becoming a Championship fixture.

Villa had preempted the likelihood of another embarrassing turnout by their supporters by heavily subsidising match tickets for the game on 20 February.

Aston Villa fans seeing adult tickets reduced to £17 from £27, and down to only £12 for concessions, then £9 for Under 18s.

The tickets have been on sale a week and it looks like Aston Villa are facing an uphill task.

With only a week and a half to go to the game, the club have only managed to sell 1,280 tickets despite heavily subsidising the tickets.

The writing had been on the wall when instead of taking the full 3,200 tickets available, Aston Villa only asked for 2,200.

Even that low figure looks to be way beyond what Villa will bring on 20 February.

I can’t wait to see the latest hilarious ‘banter’ bed sheet banners their hilarious joker will come up with this time.

That is of course, if he is one of the few bothering to actually support their team and make the trip…

The game at Villa Park back in September saw Newcastle’s 2,800 away allocation instantly sell out  but Aston Villa refused to supply any more tickets.

Instead the game went ahead with whole sections of the ground closed off and the 32,062 attendance seeing around ten thousand empty seats.

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