Newcastle fans are proud of their support for the club and I believe rightly so.

You don’t want to bore others with it but I think only right that it is recognised from time to time.

Newcastle v Watford on 25 November was a game that I thought could maybe prove to be one that was hard to sell out.

With only one win in nine weeks and that a late winner to beat Palace, plus Watford not taking the full allocation and not being the most attractive opposition…

Yet, two weeks before the game, Newcastle United have confirmed that the game has sold out.

Watford had requested only 1,600 tickets, half the potential maximum allocation, but then took 600 more tickets after selling out.

The visitors confirming that once those extra 600 went, that would be it, and so that was an extra 1,000 tickets that had to be taken up by Newcastle fans.

Last season saw a remarkable 51,000+ average at St James Park despite the ongoing presence of Mike Ashley and second tier football.

Only 12 miles down the road you see thousands deserting their club and failing to back the team, at the last home game with Bolton it was estimated that there could have been as few as 15,000 who bothered to turn up – with many season ticket holders not even attending.

Whilst the Mackems may point to Ellis Short as some kind of principled stand for not going, that didn’t stop them going when they were in the Premier League and laughing at Newcastle fans when relegation came our way.

If Newcastle had got the kind of pitiful crowds Sunderland have seen this season, would promotion and ending up as champions have still happened, even with Rafa Benitez in charge?

I have my doubts.

Take a bow everybody who pays to support Newcastle United home and away.

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  • Rich Lawson

    Their doomed,Mr Mannering,doomed !!

  • BillytheFish

    Comparing us to Sunderland is now like comparing us with Hartlepool, so we have to start looking further down the road to the Smoggies, or even Leeds for our nearest rivals..

  • Leazes Ender

    The large fanbase is a two edged sword…..whilst it falsely gives hope that maybe we are doing something right….. it allows the club to be run as a failure.

    When customers turn up to be served a diet of gruel you don’t need the best ingredients….. this is one of the three reasons United fails, and has done for years, in fact for the majority of its history. I

    It is also the reason we have been stuck with Ashley for ten long years.

    • Rich Lawson

      It’s comedy gold really,expect to see Clement and La Frenais get another series commisioned soon ? Johnny Vegas to play Ashley.

      • Leazes Ender

        Now there’s an idea….. on the lines of….Mike Bassett – England Manager. Hilarious!

      • Stephen

        What a great idea.

      • Sing in the Leazes

        Instead of Porridge they could call it ‘Gruel’
        Or ‘All quiet on the transfer front’
        Or how about ‘Auf Wiedersehen Hope’ ?
        I’m here all week…

        • Rich Lawson

          ”The Unlikely Lads”,”(Big) Spender”,”When the boot comes in”,I’m working the lounge all week,see you in the bar.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Add to that Chelsea is sold out for a dinner time kick off on T.V. and Leicester City will sell out shortly which leaves only Everton which is the Wednesday night game.
    About fifteen hundred left for this one but all should go. Like it or not the fans have backed the club in the last ten years.

  • Geordiegiants

    If we had done what the imbreds are doing, we would of had rid of the cancer by now.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      Whilst at the bottom of the Championship? And their owner left, when?

      You’ve not quite thought this through, have you?

      • Geordiegiants

        I would take a positive out of our demise if we were at the bottom of the championship heading into the abyss. Our fans would be able to afford a buyout. The black pussy’s aren’t even worth a bag of cheese chips now.

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          Hmm, you are familiar with corporate finance and takeovers? Or, is this one of your facts from memory that does not serve you well.

          I don’t think you’ve thought this through. I’m all for fan ownership but to recover from Sunderland’s position takes a lot of investment.

          • Geordiegiants

            The time line doesn’t matter as our football club will be around long after we have gone, and will always be an integral part of the city and the people, so would recover at some point, anyway it’s all more hope and guess work from you and I both, as it hasn’t happened and probably won’t.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            The point is, it had to be run well of financed to survive. You can argue that the likes of Portsmouth, Oxford and Coventry survived but remember Bradford park avenue and others didn’t.

    • Down Under Mag

      No I think the fat controller would still be around, but we wouldn’t still have hold of Rafa that is for sure. The fans are the only thing that kept him around.

  • Andy Mac

    I know this is a home game but Sky want “atmosphere” at their TV games and the Toon do their very best to create noise whether home or away…………..until we go behind of course with a 0% chance of getting back into the game as we have no strikers..

    If only Fatman hadnt spent all that money on court cases…………………….

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      He spent £20m on Murphy and Joselu great business bet he was happy with them two deals.