Eight matches remain, five at home, and Preston North End are latest club to reveal how few fans they will be bringing to St James Park.
Originally a 3pm Saturday kick-off, Preston fans could potentially have filled the entire 3,200 away end at Newcastle but a Monday night move for TV has ruined that.
We carried some interesting comments from Preston fans upon hearing the date change and it was obvious that a day/night/weekend in Newcastle was the massive draw for many, with the football secondary.
Preston have faint hopes of still making the play-offs but those look sure to have been dashed by the time they play Newcastle in the third last game of the season.
Friday saw Preston announce details of their Newcastle ticket allocation and maybe no surprise to see that they have taken the bare minimum, 1,087 tickets, for the trip to Tyneside and may even struggle to sell those.
As we featured on The Mag yesterday, all of Newcastle’s lowest crowds this season have been midweek matches and in the circumstances, maybe Newcastle should have used the likes of Burton and Preston as ‘local promotion’ games. (Burton have taken only the bare minimum as well and their fans have suggested that they may even struggle to bring 500 fans to St James Park).
Championship clubs are allowed up to four of these per season, when you are allowed to drop matchday prices for home fans to boost the attendance under EFL rules.
Preston announce Newcastle tickets allocation:
‘Tickets for Preston North End’s trip to Newcastle United next month will go on sale on Monday 27th March.
North End travel to St James’ Park on Monday 24th April 2017 for the clash, which was rescheduled to be shown live on Sky Sports, with a 7.45pm kick-off.
Simon Grayson will take his side to face the title-hopefuls Magpies in the Lilywhites’ penultimate away game of the 2016/17 season.
Tickets will be available from 9am on Monday and can be purchased in person from Deepdale, by calling 0344 856 1966 or in person from the ticket office.
PNE have received 1,087 tickets for this fixture, which are situated in the Leazes Stand.
Prices for this game are as follows:
Adults £27, Seniors (65 and over) £22, Full-Time Students* £22, U18s £14’
REMAINING NEWCASTLE MATCHES
Saturday 1 April – Newcastle v Wigan (3pm).
Wednesday 5 April – Newcastle v Burton (7.45pm)
Saturday 8 April – Sheffield Wednesday v Newcastle (5.30pm) SKY SPORTS
Friday 14 April – Newcastle v Leeds (7.45pm) SKY SPORTS
Monday 17 April – Ipswich v Newcastle (3pm)
Monday 24 April – Newcastle v Preston (7.45pm) SKY SPORTS
Friday 28 April – Cardiff v Newcastle (7.45pm) SKY SPORTS
Sunday 7 May – Newcastle v Barnsley (12 noon)