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Mike Ashley Putting Bums On Seats

7 years ago
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Mike Ashley’s honeymoon period saw Premier League crowds at St.James’ Park average over fifty thousand in his first season as the owner of Newcastle United.

It has been a rollercoaster ride since, although despite the unrest in that time and a succession of own goals, the fans have stuck with the club.

Even in the Championship season, the crowds were unbelievable with and average of 43,384 watching throughout the league season.

Now though it looks as though for the first time since Ashley’s debut season, the average Premier League crowd at St.James’ Park is on course to once again go over fifty thousand.

Below are the average of the seasons under Mike Ashley following his initial bedding in year, including the current average for this season;

2008/09  48,750
2009/10  43,384
2010/11  47.718
2011/12  49,936
2012/13  50,015

With matches such as those at home to Arsenal, Liverpool and the mackems looking like guaranteed full houses, it would appear that the fifty thousand average is sure to be achieved.

While attractive ticket packages and incentives help to pull people in, when you consider the state of the economy, especially in the north east, it is a cracking statistic – especially when you take into account the constant moving of fixtures for both TV and the Europa League.

What can’t be disputed is that a full St.James’ Park must be a positive for the players and the January recruits certainly appear to be thriving on the backing of the supporters.

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