Newcastle United Needs You
We all know that following that match we have a trio of really tough matches against Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton, with Cheick Tiote then heading off to the African Nations…and possibly Shola.
Then of course we have the possible horrors/delights of the January transfer window.
Alan Pardew is not playing down the importance of Saturday’s match and has made this appeal to the fans via the Chronicle;
“We’re going to have a lot of pressure this week. QPR will be expected to lose, so they can come and play with a little bit of freedom.
Not us, we’re going to have to play under monster pressure.
It (St.James’ Park) needs to be full up. They need to be right on our side whatever happens, even if QPR go two up”.
I’m afraid it is very unlikely that Alan Pardew will get his wish of a ‘full house’ but we really need every single Newcastle fan possible to get behind the team.
Whatever you think about Mike Ashley or Derek Llambias, or Alan Pardew, or even some of the players, failing to win on Saturday will do nobody any favours and as always we support whichever eleven players wear the shirt.
The crowd against Wigan told us that even with all the ticket deals and the excellent fifth last season, in the summer it looks as though plenty weren’t convinced that Mike Ashley/Newcastle United were going to use that potential breakthrough season as a foundation to take the team/club on.
The summer transfer window a real turn off for anybody who was undecided.
Only 43,858 (including 279 away fans) went to that Wigan match, confirming thousands of season tickets were left unsold, bear in mind as well – the average over a long 23 matches in the Championship was 43,388.
The visit of Manchester City saw less than 47,000 Newcastle fans in St.James’ Park, the crowd of 49,579 including 2,718 visiting supporters.
The visit of Maritimo saw a fall of around ten thousand on previous Europa League matches , with only 21,632 coming along to see Newcastle qualify.
Maybe the truth is that what is most important is that everybody stays behind the team, no matter whether there are forty two or fifty two thousand inside St.James’ Park on Saturday. Though I hope that Alan Pardew’s nightmare scenario of going 2-0 down isn’t sent to test us.
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