On Thursday it was revealed that 5,958 Luton Town fans had bought tickets for the FA Cup third round match at St James Park.
It was also revealed that ‘over 1,000’ extra tickets had been given by Newcastle as a final allocation.
The anticipation being that around 7,000 supporters would be travelling to the north east on Saturday 6 January.
That figure meaning a record away following at St James Park in the modern era, certainly in an all-seater St James Park.
Had there been a bigger away following in the days of standing? Very hard to tell as back then it was very rare for games to be made all ticket, so with supporters paying on the gate, you rarely ever heard exactly how many away fans had paid in and/or got in by other means!
Anyway, the latest update is that there aren’t 7,000 Luton Town fans coming to Newcastle, it is going to be almost 8,000!
Bear in mind Luton get average home league crowds of only around eight thousand and earlier this season had 7,046 (including away supporters) when they beat Port Vale 2-0 at home in the league earlier this season.
The latest update from The Hatters is that over 1,200 more tickets have been sold inside 48 hours, with over 7,200 sold by close of business on Saturday.
In all, they have a total of 7,853 tickets, and with only 650 left on sale, they look sure to sell out.
What looked a mundane cup draw for Newcastle supporters now has a slightly bizarre and unexpected angle to it.
Luton Town Official Announcement – 30 December 2017:
‘Due to the fantastic show of support of more than 7,200 tickets being bought so far for the Emirates FA Cup third round tie at Newcastle, we have now been granted the full 15 per cent of St James’ Park’s capacity for next Saturday’s game.
That means we now have a full and final allocation of 7,853, which cannot be increased once this batch has been sold.
So if you want to join mass exodus of Lutonians to the north-east, proudly flying the Hatters flag for the county of Bedfordshire, please contact the Kenilworth Road ticket office ASAP – or risk missing out on being part of the biggest-ever away following at the Premier League club’s famous ground.
The tie is all-ticket for away fans, so they must be purchased in advance. There will be NO tickets available for Town supporters on the day.’
Luton Town Twitter account – 31 December 2017:
‘FINAL BATCH OF NEWCASTLE TICKETS! With over 7,200 sold for next week’s FA Cup trip to the north-east, there are around 650 tickets left – so act quickly if you want to be part of the biggest ever away following at St James’ Park!’