On Friday I posed the question to Newcastle fans, if you couldn’t have a pint would you still be going to the match?
Imagine just for a second if a matchday drinking ban was brought in, would you still go to watch Newcastle at the present time?
When putting forward the question, I asked if only the fans who are still going to matches AND who drink alcohol could answer.
The motivation came about because whenever I speak to those who are still going regularly to St. James’ Park, I hear the same thing time after time.
Everybody is fed up with Mike Ashley and hates what is happening at the club, as well as the football being rubbish. With the only reason that keeps most fans going is what happens aside from the football. Meeting up with friends and having a few pints before, during, after the game.
Newcastle is unique of all big clubs, with the stadium bang in the city centre and only five minutes away from countless drinking establishments.
Thanks to everybody who voted and we had an overwhelming outcome.
71% said that if matchdays were alcohol free they would NOT be still going to St. James’ Park.
29% saying they would go regardless.
This isn’t a celebration of drinking but more a recognition that Mike Ashley has got unbelievably lucky in having a fanbase who keep filling the ground (so far), despite the misery he has inflicted on them.
With the social aspect of matchday and meeting friends & family over a few drinks, the overwhelming reason as to why crowds have stayed so high, despite the poor football and all the other nonsense that comes with Mike Ashley’s ownership.