Eight matches remain, five at home, and Preston North End are latest club to reveal how few fans they will be bringing to St James Park.

Originally a 3pm Saturday kick-off, Preston fans could potentially have filled the entire 3,200 away end at Newcastle but a Monday night move for TV has ruined that.

We carried some interesting comments from Preston fans upon hearing the date change and it was obvious that a day/night/weekend in Newcastle was the massive draw for many, with the football secondary.

Preston have faint hopes of still making the play-offs but those look sure to have been dashed by the time they play Newcastle in the third last game of the season.

Friday saw Preston announce details of their Newcastle ticket allocation and maybe no surprise to see that they have taken the bare minimum, 1,087 tickets, for the trip to Tyneside and may even struggle to sell those.

As we featured on The Mag yesterday, all of Newcastle’s lowest crowds this season have been midweek matches and in the circumstances, maybe Newcastle should have used the likes of Burton and Preston as ‘local promotion’ games. (Burton have taken only the bare minimum as well and their fans have suggested that they may even struggle to bring 500 fans to St James Park).

Championship clubs are allowed up to four of these per season, when you are allowed to drop matchday prices for home fans to boost the attendance under EFL rules.

Preston announce Newcastle tickets allocation:

‘Tickets for Preston North End’s trip to Newcastle United next month will go on sale on Monday 27th March.

North End travel to St James’ Park on Monday 24th April 2017 for the clash, which was rescheduled to be shown live on Sky Sports, with a 7.45pm kick-off.

Simon Grayson will take his side to face the title-hopefuls Magpies in the Lilywhites’ penultimate away game of the 2016/17 season.

Tickets will be available from 9am on Monday and can be purchased in person from Deepdale, by calling 0344 856 1966 or in person from the ticket office.

PNE have received 1,087 tickets for this fixture, which are situated in the Leazes Stand.

Prices for this game are as follows:

Adults £27, Seniors (65 and over) £22, Full-Time Students* £22, U18s £14’


Saturday 1 April – Newcastle v Wigan (3pm).

Wednesday 5 April – Newcastle v Burton (7.45pm)

Saturday 8 April – Sheffield Wednesday v Newcastle (5.30pm) SKY SPORTS

Friday 14 April – Newcastle v Leeds (7.45pm) SKY SPORTS

Monday 17 April – Ipswich v Newcastle (3pm)

Monday 24 April – Newcastle v Preston (7.45pm) SKY SPORTS

Friday 28 April  – Cardiff v Newcastle (7.45pm) SKY SPORTS

Sunday 7 May – Newcastle v Barnsley (12 noon)

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  • Rich Lawson

    Rather than as a financial boost,should this not be done fairly on geography in how many miles each club is from the park ?

    • Delashio

      Not really. With all the money that comes to clubs from tv i suppose its their right to pick and choose which games they want to air. Obviously they are going to want games at both business ends of the division as they are the ones that matter. Its just something we have to accept and have had to for years now.

  • dillon

    another 3 points lost we cant play on mondays

  • Son of Wilt

    Another example of television forgetting it is who pays for all the subscriptions to dish out to clubs i.e supporters. What’s up with 5.30 on a saturday evening at a push? A better away support is a better atmosphere, well done again Sky.

  • 8prestondave

    Was going to book a box or a table until they bloody moved it. Wont be bothering now though. Shame really as some of my Preston mates were looking forward to coming up.

    • Munich Mag

      Pity really, the toon is great for a night out

      • 8prestondave

        I know mate I’m from Newcastle. I just happen to live in Preston. HWTL.