Of course there have been a number of other ‘sell-outs this season with the home matches against Chelsea, Manchester United, Stoke, Bolton and Wolves all topping fifty two thousand which equals a ‘house full’ to me. The difference between those matches and the City one will usually be any one or more of; the away club not selling their whole section, vagaries of crowd segregation or odd tickets unsold in the corporate areas.
That figure in our final home match was actually only one more than when we played the mackems (52,388), so which one of you missed that derby match?
I hate seeing any empty seats and so it is especially good seeing matches against the likes of Stoke, Bolton and Wolves selling out as the reality would be that there were actually more Newcastle fans at those matches than against Man.Utd/City, the mackems, Chelsea etc as the away following were smaller when the likes of Bolton came to town.
I often wonder exactly what crowds we could have got when Keegan was here if we hadn’t been constrained by the thirty six thousand capacity, naturally the KK revolution would have filled the current fifty two thousand but just how much higher could they have been?
Fair play to the club for extending the price freeze to new season ticket holders who sign on this summer for any spare seats after the season ticket deadline (end of May), any initiative to ensure the ground is full, is fine by me.
A rocking St.James’ Park is a must to help ensure the team continues to progress, now if only the singing section and maximum away ticket allocations can be sorted…