Crystal Palace fans descend on Tyneside for Newcastle United’s next home match on Saturday 21 October.
The South London club appear to be on a mission to claim the title of worst ever Premier League team, ahead of past exploits of the likes of Derby County and Sunderland.
However, the local media (in South London) have been bigging up the response of Crystal Palace fans, praising them for outsinging Manchester United supporters when getting hammered 4-0 last weekend.
They also go overboard in praising them for being set to provide ‘another sellout crowd at Newcastle United’.
On Tuesday, Crystal Palace announced they had just under 200 unsold tickets remaining for the trip to St James Park, with the Croydon Advertiser (equivalent of the Chronicle) declaring ‘Palace supporters are proving their loyalty once again’.
Well some Palace supporters are proving their loyalty’ but not a lot of them…
In fact rather than a massive following, Crystal Palace are set to have one of the smallest away followings Newcastle supporters will see this season.
A check on the Newcastle United ticket website shows that impressively, there are only a handful of tickets still unsold to home (NUFC) fans. Plus, these tickets are, with only a few exceptions, in the sections where the away fans would normally be.
The stadium plan below shows the few areas where Newcastle fans can still buy tickets for the Palace match and they are in three of the sections usually reserved for visitors.
By the look of it, Crystal Palace fans look to have bought only around 1.200/1,300 tickets so far in the three sections their club did take, even less than Stoke managed to bring for the away game at Newcastle.
Fair play to those that are making the journey but a poor effort overall for a 3pm match on a Saturday afternoon.
Crystal Palace could be backed by another sellout crowd at Newcastle United
Palace set to be backed by another large following away from home.
They may not have had much to cheer this season, but Crystal Palace fans are continuing to win praise for their support this season.
Palace fans were in superb form at Manchester United on Saturday, despite the result as the Eagles lost out 4-0 at Old Trafford – the Eagles’ seventh defeat in a row in the Premier League this season.
They sold out the away end and outsang their hosts for large periods, showing off their sense of humour with a couple of chants directed towards United fans in the closing stages.
And now, Palace supporters are proving their loyalty once again, with the club announcing that there are fewer than 200 tickets left for the Eagles’ trip to face Newcastle United on Saturday, October 21.