What are the season ticket sales for the 20 Premier League clubs who will be competing in 2017/18?
Newcastle are going through their renewal period at the minute and season ticket holders have until 26 June 2017 to renew, before those tickets are freed up for others to buy.
Next Monday (19 June) sees current vacant seats go on sale to Newcastle fans.
So no up to date figures on season ticket sales to be compared just yet but a table has been compiled showing how many each of the 20 clubs had sold for last season, by July 2016.
The table below has been compiled by Talksport and fair to say you can only use it in the most general terms, – but it still gives a decent guide as to the relative strength of season ticket sales club by club.
As you can see, despite second tier status Newcastle sold more season tickets than all but four Premier League clubs according to these figures – quite astonishing.
Also, credit to Brighton as by July 2016 they had sold more than eight Premier League club in this list (and Huddersfield who were in the Championship as well last season).
Earlier today we reported on shock Sky Sports figures which showed that audience figures for live Premier League football on their TV channels was 14% down, with the absence of clubs like Newcastle and Aston Villa named as one of the factors in this.
Interest in watching on TV and the numbers of paying punters actually going to games – it would seem to be an obvious link – so maybe no surprise to see TV audiences reduced when you have so many smaller clubs in the top tier, with eight of them failing to attract more than 21,000 season ticket holders in this list below in last year’s top division.
Looking outside last season’s Premier League, I would say that there are any number of larger clubs who would guarantee to get more than 21,000 season ticket sales in the Premier League.
Off the top of my head I would say these would be guaranteed: Newcastle, Brighton, Leeds, Sheffield Wednesday, Norwich and Derby County, maybe our mates Villa as well, plus of course the Mackems who are now missing from this list of CURRENT Premier League clubs:
Season Tickets sales club by club by July 2016 as compiled by Talksport:
15,000 West Brom
18,000 Crystal Palace
38,000 Newcastle United
40,000 Man City
52,000 West Ham
55,000 Man Utd
(Worth bearing in mind that the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United sell less season tickets than they could do, so they can get more money from match by match prices and mainly because it also means their ‘fans’ from all over the UK and beyond can come once a season and spend a fortune in the club shops)
(Also, both West Ham and Manchester made loads of season tickets dirt cheap after increasing the capacity/moving to bigger stadium)