It is Newcastle v Reading on Wednesday night with a 7.45pm kick-off and the club have revealed the kind of crowd they are expecting.
Newcastle United stating on Wednesday morning that they expect an attendance in ‘excess of 47,000’ at St James Park, this follows the 52,000+ sellout on Saturday (though a small number of empty seats were spotted in the ‘posh seats’ in the Leazes end).
Huddersfield brought an excellent 3,200 strong following with many predictably staying over to enjoy the nightlife, though just as predictably, Reading aren’t travelling in quite the same numbers.
Distance and a night match have helped contribute to only 550 Reading fans making the trip, the rest of their 1,022 ticket allocation going unsold.
Newcastle United describe the match as having ‘limited availability’ for tickets but obviously there are at least around 5,000 or so still unsold at the minute.
A word of warning though, if you do intend to turn up and pay on the night then best to get there a little earlier than you might anticipate.
With the schools still off and a sunny day/warmish night forecast, the walk up sales could be healthy. So with the hassle of buying a ticket (no pay on the gate turnstiles) and then taking it to the turnstile, best to sort earlier rather than later.
A crowd of 48,000 would mean a remarkable 100,000+ would have passed through the turnstiles over the course of the first two home matches.
As for atmosphere, hopefully it will be a major step up on the library like mood on Saturday, with fingers crossed – events on the pitch helping things along.
As for off the pitch, before the Huddersfield match the Gallowgate Flags initiative got very positive feedback (despite ‘supporters’ stealing around 20% of the flags) but via their twitter account, the organisers say it will be a ‘reduced service’ tonight:
‘There’ll be a small group presence at some games (eg Reading) but major displays at weekends’