Before Christmas we brought you news of remarkable ticket sales for Luton Town fans ahead of the FA Cup game at Newcastle United.
The 6 January sees Newcastle host the Hatters in the third round.
Before they stopped ticket sales just before Christmas, Luton revealed they had sold an astonishing 5,860 tickets after a number of increased ticket allocations for the game.
They said they had only 98 tickets left on sale but hoped to be getting yet another further allocation post-Xmas.
The League Two club have now revealed that those 98 tickets were quickly sold and that Newcastle have provided over 1,000 more tickets on top of the 5,958 already sold, which would mean in excess of seven thousand travelling Luton Town fans heading to Tyneside if they are snapped up.
Clear at the top of League Two and after just smashing mid-table Swindon Town 5-0 away from home, it looks odds-on that this will happen.
Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday brought between five and six thousand in recent years for cup matches but it must be over 40 years ago back in the 70s and the days of standing when any club brought that many away supporters. Most clubs capable of bringing those type of numbers are never allocated that many these days, as the authorities don’t want to deal with so many away fans at more high risk matches in terms of potential friction between the two sets of supporters.
Fair play to the Luton Town fans for making the most of their day/weekend out on Tyneside, hopefully they won’t repeat their last result when visiting the banks of the Tyne, having hammered Gateshead 5-0 in the FA Cup 2nd round earlier this month.
Luton Town Official Announcement – 28 December 2017:
We would like to advise supporters that the last allocation of tickets for the Emirates FA Cup third round tie at Newcastle United will be on sale from 10am on Thursday (28 December) morning.
This allocation will be in excess of 1,000 tickets, in addition to the 5,958 already sold.
Tickets will be available online, in person and via the phone on 01582 416976.
As the extra tickets have not yet been physically received by the ticket office, they will initially be available to book and collect at a later date, or they can be posted out to supporters.
Adult: £10, Under-18s: £5, Over-65s: £5, Students (with ID): £5, Disabled: £5
The Mag – 22 December 2017:
Luton Town fans have experienced the highs and lows in the modern era.
A small club that punched well above its weight when finishing as high as seventh in the top tier in the eighties, as well as winning the League Cup.
Recent years haven’t been so kind with eventually the Hatters dropping down as far as the Conference (now National League) before bouncing back to League Two in 2014.
A small ground and never the biggest fanbase, the Luton Town fans certainly seem to feel their club now has momentum.
Currently top of League Two, drawing a big but struggling Premier League name such as Newcastle United in the FA Cup has certainly fired their interest.
Luton had sold out of their original ticket allocation for the third round tier but now they have given an astonishing update when their ticket office closed at 5pm on Friday.
As it stands, 5,860 Luton Town fans have bought tickets for the game.
Their club revealing that they have only 98 tickets left which are now on sale online, which will take them up to 5,958 in total.
However, they also say that they are currently in the process of agreeing a further ticket allocation and these tickets will go on sale next Thursday (28 December), with the final numbers surely heading to the seven thousand mark or more depending on how many tickets they are given.
I am happy to be proved wrong but whilst I know the likes of Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday have brought around five thousand fans for cup matches in recent times, I can’t remember anybody heading towards as many as seven thousand. In fact , since St James Park was redeveloped back to a 50,000+ capacity, I can’t remember any visiting club having seven thousand or more inside St James Park.
Obviously much depends on ticket allocations and no doubt the club/Police would be happier giving so many tickets to the likes of Luton rather than a club with more Newcastle rivalry.
The number of tickets Luton Town fans have bought is especially notable when you consider their home average attendance is only 8,366, plus of course the distance involved.
Luton Town Official Announcement – Friday 22 December 5pm:
‘The Ticket Office would like to advise that we currently have just 98 tickets available from an allocation of 5,958 for the Emirates FA Cup third round tie at Newcastle United on Saturday January 6th.
These tickets are still available on general sale, online only.
We are currently in discussion with Newcastle regarding a further and final allocation.
These tickets will be available to purchase online, in person or via phone from 10am on THURSDAY 28th DECEMBER.
Once again, we thank all of our supporters for the wonderful response to buying tickets for this match, and for your ongoing patience during the sales process.’