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.