It is Manchester City v Newcastle United on Saturday.

The hosts have at last found the perfect manager, in my opinion.

With almost limitless money to spend on players, in Pep Guardiola they have somebody who can now oversee almost certain success.

He really is a quality manager and when he can spend over £220m in the summer transfer window, including £50m on a right-back (Kyle Walker), then you know the rest of the clubs are up against it.

As a neutral, you are constantly impressed with the quality of the football Manchester City are showing under Pep Guardiola. Exciting and winning, what more could you ask for.

However, whenever you are watching on TV, neutrals are also regularly amazed at just how many empty seats there are at the Etihad.

Is it failure to sell all the tickets, or is it season ticket holders just not bothering to turn up for many games, a bit like a smaller version of Arsenal’s problem, or maybe a bit of both?

It is bizarre that this is the case as Manchester City are threatening to dominate and at the same time play the very best football.

They might have lost and drawn games recently but with 62 points from a possible 69, they are now unbackable to be Premier League champions.

They have cruised into the last 16 of the Champions League and are hot favourites to win that.

They stuffed Burnley 4-1 to walk into the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Whilst they are also set to shortly win their first trophy of the season, as they have the second leg at Bristol City of their semi final to negotiate, before they no doubt win the League Cup next month.

Amazingly that first leg of the League Cup semi-final saw thousands and thousands of empty seats at the Etihad. Bristol City sold their full allocation of almost eight thousand tickets but there were only thirty five thousand Man City supporters who bothered to turn up.

I went onto the official Manchester City site ahead of Saturday’s match, just to see if there were any interesting angles.

I saw mention of tickets on sale for the Newcastle match and thought it was obviously an article from a few weeks ago…

manchester city v newcastle united

As you can see from the above (screenshot taken at 1pm Thursday 18 January 2018), I went onto the ticket part of the Man City website and this is the plan of which areas there are still tickets on sale for.

Newcastle fans sold their full allocation some time ago but two days before the game you have the choice of tickets in pretty much every home section (the ones in red are where tickets are available).

There aren’t loads of tickets available but you do have to wonder why Manchester City fans aren’t clamouring to but every single ticket to watch this brilliant team that has been assembled.

It has been claimed that Sheikh Mansour looked at buying Newcastle United before deciding on Manchester City, what a sliding doors moment…

He must be amazed at what he needs to do to ever fill the Etihad week in week out.

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  • grantham mag

    May be they don’t want to want a one sided game, 11 V 11 defenders would you.

  • Graham Keller

    Well Geordies this is a proper sour grapes post. Trying to call City out on attendances, perhaps because you wish your club had access to such great resources.

    If you click on the seat planner you’ll see that red denotes “low availability”. When you look at the actual seat availability many of those blocks literally have one seat available!

    Try harder next time!

    • Soldier

      just 1 guy wrote it, don`t tar us all with the same brush

    • Clarko

      The Etihad stadium capacity is 55,097 and you have an average home attendance of 53,554 in the league this season, 97.2% full. For comparison St James’ Park has a capacity of 52,338 and we have an average home attendance of 52,006, 99.4% full. Manchester United 99.1% full, Arsenal 98.5% full, Liverpool 98.3% full, Chelsea 99.7% full. Your attendance isn’t great considering the talent and results you get on the pitch.

      • A level of talent and results that have only just come to pass, lets again not let facts get in the way of your bitterness. The fact we’ve just increased our capacity by rebuilding a stand recently, or the fact we’ve only just over the last 6 years gradually rebuilt the club from the ground up. It takes time to increase a fan base and we are doing pretty good thanks, in 4 competitions, in 4 competitions, I repeat in 4 competitions, I bet you don’t go to every game in 4 competitions. Oh I forgot you’re never in 4 competitions so haven’t go a clue what you’re talking about.

        • hetonmag

          Maybe we would be in 4 competitions if our illustrious owner owned a country.

          • Graham Keller

            Isn’t Sports Direct enough for the billionaire Mike Ashley?

          • Whitehurst

            ….comparing a rich individual to a rich country? Please stop now mate!!

        • Clarko

          I never said that it doesn’t take time to build a fan base, I never said that Newcastle are in 4 competitions, what I said was that your attendance is poor when compared to other Premier League teams, it is, unless you can provide some new information or counter argument that suggests that it isn’t.

          Judging by your response and the response of other Manchester City fans, the bitterness is coming from you and your fan base. Why would I be bitter over your poor attendances?

          • Peaky Magpie

            😂😂😂

          • Mitros gotta start

            Nah mate you got that wrong….it was 2012….the bitter blue was right

          • 8prestondave

            Clarko has just made me smile for once.

          • GToon

            Me too.

          • GToon

            Well said.

          • Other Premier League teams? Oh what Man United, Liverpool Arsenal and Chelsea who have enjoyed decades of top flight football, European football and success. Clarko, your talking utter nonsense.

            We already have our core fan base, that’s the 35k in the old third division, thats to 45+k at the Etihad today. I’m talking about building on that with success and attracting more fans. Not all of Newcastle’s fans are British, many are foreign also. You have had years of top flight football than us, it takes time to build a dynasty.

            Again shut up.

          • Clarko

            None of what you have said changes that you have a poor average attendance.

            Side notes:

            – “your talking utter nonsense”, it’s you’re.

            – “You have had years of top flight football”, we were in the Championship last season. We have spent 86 seasons in the top flight where as Manchester City have spent 88 seasons in the top flight. Our last trophy/major honour was the FA Cup in 1955 (against Manchester City), before your takeover you won the FA cup in 1956 and 1969, the League Cup in 1970 and 1976 and the First Division in 1968. Manchester City have historically, had more success than Newcastle.

            – ” Not all of Newcastle’s fans are British”. How is that relevant? Are all Manchester City fans British?

            You’re the one talking nonsense pal, your attendance is relatively poor, get over it.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          The crowd against Bristol City for a cup semi final was a disgrace taking off the Bristol City fans there were only thirty odd thousand for a Semi final. We had nearly fifty thousand for a third round tie recently so it’s not bitterness just facts.

        • Mitros gotta start

          Aye you lot can nearly be as good as man united if you keep it up for the next 15 years

          • Brian Standen

            Why do we suddenly love Man Utd, most detestable club in living history!
            For sure City are not a club I like either but comparing to them to the arrogance of Old Trafford makes no sense!
            Fact our club should be competing but under the FCB it’s simply not going to happen!
            Will we have full houses next season with him still in place? I doubt it very much

        • kingfisher

          You should appreciate your good luck in attracting wealthy investors and being where you are, not boasting about your success, becausecause when your bubble bursts, other fans will have no sympathy.
          You should be humble when winning,and gracious in defeat ! ⚽️⚽️⚽️

          • I wasn’t boasting about success you nugget. don’t pretend to think you know me.

        • Whitehurst

          ….and yet you had vast areas of empty seats for a cup semi final!! I’ll repeat that, “FOR A CUP SEMI FINAL” if you haven’t already grasped the huge gravitas of the woeful and pitiful ineptitude of that particular scenario mate!!

      • Graham Keller

        You have to take that with a pinch of salt to be fair. City’s capacity realistically is no more than around 54500 and tickets mostly sell out for most games. Arsenal, Liverpool regularly don’t fill all their seats yet have the sold out signs up. Arsenal in particular will say there’s 60000 there when in some cases it’s less than 55000 easily.
        City sold out for the FA cup game against Burnley and yeah failed to sell around 11000 tickets for Bristol. I’m not gonna dress it up as we could and should’ve sold more seats for that game but when you’re in all competitions and have 3 home games in less than a week just after Christmas you can understand why some people swerved it! Last time I called the Geordies on attendances was just after Keegan became your manager in the 90s. Since then you’ve largely supported your club really well. It please don’t tell me we don’t back our club. Our average speaks for itself and the ground will be expanded again in the next few years. The demand is there and is growing all the time.

        • Clarko

          You can make claims about clubs releasing deceiving numbers when it comes to attendances, but if there is no hard evidence you have to either assume every club does it or that no club does it. Average attendance refers to the tickets sold, we know those numbers and Manchester City’s numbers are low when compared to other teams.

          I never said that you “don’t back” your club, I said that your average attendances are poor when compared to other Premier League clubs.

        • Whitehurst

          Have read anything above fella…or are you just coming up with random facts to try and substantiate your thread bare arguments!! Facts man!!

          • Graham Keller

            I’ve just given them to you. Etihad will be packed on Saturday. Hopefully you’ll sell the away end out for a change and we’ll score a few goals

          • Albert Stubbins

            lol- newcastle could sell out the etiad from here if you gave us a team half as good as yours and you know it so dont try that shyte on- if we had a team like yours theres not a ground big enough in the country and im including wembley in that that would be big enough and you know that as well!!

        • Albert Stubbins

          daft expanding it when you cant fill it at the minute. thats like buying a hotel and living in the ba*****d on yer own!!

          • Graham Keller

            But we do fill it.

    • anyobrien

      It’s embarrassing tbh

      • Graham Keller

        Not for me it isn’t. See you on Saturday 👍

    • Mitros gotta start

      Wouldnt know mate…..we dont have this problem at st james

      • Graham Keller

        Get you!

  • HarryHype59

    Their fan base is not massive! Also a match against a relegation fighting side, isn’t that exciting!

  • Daffy

    Weren’t Newcastle getting regular crowds of 10,000 when they were in the old second division . City managed crowds of 30,000 plus in the old Third division . Work that one out !

    • Soldier

      good luck to them, the last thing we want is the Reds winning the league

    • anyobrien

      No mate averaged about 22k

    • hetonmag

      Never Daffy Duck.

    • Jezza

      1983/84, Division Two, Newcastle United average home attendance 29,777

      • Mitros gotta start

        Aye….thats 40,000 in todays money when you take inflation into account

      • Cockneytrev

        Also they had pulled the leazers end down,,

    • Michael Lisle

      Just to settle a few historical myths about average attendances [for what its worth] Newcastle’s lowest post war average is 16,000 in 80-81. Man.City is 14,000 in the mid sixties and 19,000 in 1988. Younger fans will be surprised at how low attendances were in the eighties[I wont bother going into the reasons] Chelsea averaged 12,000 one season and Everton 19,000[ and that was in the old 1st division] unlike the others mentioned who had their lowest gates in the 2nd tier. Sorry for being a geek but I get fed up of people spouting total bollox.

      • What like the Newcastle fan who’s typed this utter rubbish out.

        • Martin Rooney

          If you read many of his articles I’m sure you will agree he is not a Newcastle fan.

      • Whitehurst

        Aye spot on mate! Just beat me to the punch. Other fans always pull that stat out…because they heard it from the bloke in the pub! Remember going to Maine Road a couple of times in the 80’s (when were in same league as them….old 2 div) and like us during that period weren’t packing capacities. At least City had decent fans then. I probably know more about their history than most of the current clientele do.

    • Martin Rooney

      Check out a list of all attendances for all clubs yours, despite not us winning anything for nearly fifty years, are no where near ours. Of course our city is less than half the size has no Salford Rochdale Stockport Oldham et al adjourned it. But don’t let the de tail get in the way. It’s not your club any more its man sour h could have chosen Chester, Mansfield, Wrexham outcome would have been the same, such a shame a football tem with no soul.
      Thank you Sheikh Mansour what’s all that about, embarrassing

  • Soldier

    they don`t want to be bored to death, i heard the City half will have a
    keep off the grass sign on it

    • HarryHype59

      It will be like an attack V defence training game! The difference between two teams in the same division is absurd!

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        😂😂😂

      • Jezza

        There is a bigger gulf in quality between Man City and ourselves in the same division than was between us and 4th division Luton in the cup the other week.

  • Got to be the bitterest and most obsessive article ever typed in the history of football, we don’t need excuses. There are facts like Games constantly being rearranged due to TV rights, people have to work and can’t get to every single game so prioritize fixtures. People have families and priorities which ca occasionally be an issue. Trains and Coaches can be delayed or stopped causing problems with getting to games, this one is the least likely as the majority of City fans are located in Manchester and Greater Manchester. The fact we are on 4 competitions and you never are for long, means there are far greater amount of games and I challenge anyone who has to work a job to attend every single one of them with families in tow. There’s no way on earth you could attend them all in 4 competitions unless you were Rich, Single and have no priorities and or a criminal with a lot of free time on your hands. That’s just a few of a long list of probable causes, Remember we only recently rebuilt one of our stands to increase our capacity, which has added too. Before the capacity increase there were very few empty seats at all. But hey don’t let facts get in the way of you bitter obsessiveness.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      it`s not my bitterness mate it`s the lad who penned it

      • Peaky Magpie

        It’s ganna get worse,Clarko is at them now !

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          that`s them finish then

          • Peaky Magpie

            😂😂😂

    • anyobrien

      Great reply mate and all the best for the season ahead.

    • anyobrien

      PS been to both grounds I did love maine road… Proper old school do you prefer your new home or old?

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Used to live near there for a while and was rough as hell also the back alleys back to the coaches in the 1970’s were not for the faint hearted. The coaches were even parked in an door bus station to stop them getting wrecked that’s if you made it back many didn’t.

      • Jezza

        Maine Road was one of my favourite away grounds. It certainly had that classic football ground feel to it but it was also a bit different. After they built that new stand at the Scoreboard End it was one of the very few grounds to be all seated behind both goals and all standing along one side.

        I was always an afficionado of football ground architecture and really liked that aspect of Maine Road. That new roof they put on the main stand was quite spectacular. It looked really space age at the time and along with the new stand behind the goal it gave a very modern look that contrasted nicely with the traditional feel of the Kippax and Platt Lane End.

      • Whickhamrobbie

        Love Maine road ????yeh and Ayresome park old school ground yes but scary old places .
        You must move on to progress sometimes

        • anyobrien

          Crickey Ayresome was iffy…

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Your rivals are getting seventy six thousand even on a Monday night this game should have sold out weeks ago why not give away fans more tickets that would help.

      • United have had decades to build their fan base, you’re expecting us to do it in 6 years, seriously?

        • hetonmag

          Don’t worry been supporting the Mags for 58 years and because I don’t live within [email protected]@@@@g distance of the ground I get called a Glory Hunter.😀😀😀😀 You couldn’t make it up.

          • Yeah totally Understand, I grew up in Longsight. Manc but because my fam were Armed Forces we moved around and as a result I’m located in what was once a City with the biggest Naval Base in England away from Manc. I’ve been called out because of my location, pathetic mentality of today’s football fan, yet I go to games, have City season card holding family, but apparently i’m not a Mancunian because I don’t live there. I’ve also been branded a glory hunter, even told i wasn’t a Manc by a foreign United fan on Twitter.

        • Whitehurst

          Please tell me that this a joke post mate?

          • Not at all, it’s not my fault if you’re narrow minded and don’t understand. Point I’m trying to make is.

            Man United have had decades of success to build their fan base, even Newcastle had many many years in the top flight to build on their fan base. Manchester City on the other hand up until the last 6 years have been yoyo’ing up and down the leagues. It’s only really been the last 6 years that have seen City achieve success and with success comes more fans. No offence intended.

          • Whitehurst

            City have only achieved success in the last 6 years? WTF are you on about fella. You need to check your history out mate!! Even before your £££ arrived you won 4 major trophies in the 70’s for kick-off. Take away your so-called “last 6 years” thing…that’s 4 more since we last won anything!! Or are we now not including FA, League or Uefa cups anymore? Even I know more about your club than you do. Ha ha

          • Are you that stupid? I’m talking since our last trophy and before we were taken over by Thaksin and Mansour, I’m well aware of my clubs history thanks.

          • Whitey, you come across as a bitter jealous and obsessed City hater. Does using the word fella make you feel cool?

          • paul mclaughlan

            I’m sure I pointed out a few weeks back that I doubted he’s even from Manchester.

          • Albert Stubbins

            wtf are you wittering on about? you were founded over 100 bloody years ago- theres generations of city fans like most big clubs- you sound like the sort of clown who believes sky invented football- embarrassing comments.

          • Whitehurst

            What has Man Utd got to do with it mate? Pointless response on a pointless post!!

    • Martin Rooney

      Get a decent job then pal

  • Peaky Magpie

    3 City posts on here already and we’re obsessive ???

    • Not obsessed at all, if you’re going to talk about us then you should expect a reply pal.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Clarko`s our spokesman mate

      • Peaky Magpie

        Only him who wrote the post mate,I hope you go on and win the League & Champions League but leave the FA Cup to us once we’ve rolled Chelsea over 😂😂

  • anyobrien

    Poor article… Means nothing it to me and stinks of envy and bitterness.

    • Peaky Magpie

      Agree,total waste of time.👍

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Like most Premier league grounds it’s a dump and not welcoming for away fans.
    The pubs are home fans only and the big fans zone wait for it home fans only.
    Man City rarely sell out but might give inflated attendances just like Arsenal do. Spurs have twenty thousand empty seats most games but only give away fans three thousand madness.

    • anyobrien

      A dump?… Have you been?

      • steelwheelsandflattyres

        To be honest, he hasn’t a clue and calling our average of over 53,000 embarrassing confirms it. Both our clubs have strong working class fan bases, he should be ashamed for calling the City support out for swerving the Bristol game when they have paid out for so many home games over the Christmas/New Year period.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          The Man City fans should have supported their club in the semi final and not deserted their club. Newcastle fans backed their club nearly fifty thousand for a third round cup tie against Luton just after Christmas the thirty four thousand fans well done who turned up the rest a joke.

          • Graham Keller

            and we had a sell out at home to Burnley. What’s your point?

          • steelwheelsandflattyres

            Self appointed super fans like yourself are a complete joke because on the same day we had a 54 thousand sell out. You must have missed it while admiring the paltry turn out at your place.

      • Jezza

        I very much doubt he’s ever even beem to St James’s Park never mind Man City’s ground.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Will be there Saturday mate the Mag and the usual suspects are a joke. Plane for Chelsea train for palace rest home for the Mag regulars .

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Yes got in one bar one year saying I was home fan no seats just beer barrels boarded up windows as in a dump I mean the vicinity of the ground and facilities nearby not the actual ground itself will have a good pint in the Monkey tonight and Friday as will not be getting one down there.

        • Brian Standen

          Actually you are correct in this instance. Newcastle welcomes visiting fans yet time and time again we are discriminated against!

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Correct in most instances as I am not biased just simply state the true facts not mass hysteria and hatred of Mike Ashley which seems the sole purpose of this site.

          • Brian Standen

            I know you go to most games and I admire your passion, I am much the same but I can’t agree with you regarding Ashley. In this day and age he is strangling NUFC rather than trying to fulfil potential

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            I go to all the games but must admit missed Arsenal away
            as the first in a long time as was in ward five in the R.V.I . discharged myself the day before West Ham .

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Know you visited ward four when I was in and hope everything is as well as it can be for your family or relatives.

    • Whickhamrobbie

      The Ethihad is a lovely ground did a tour last year and its top notch . Training facilities ,Womens team ,youth set up all much superior to ours so who cares if there are a few empty seats.
      Yes the surroundings are grim but there are few grounds in city centre locations like ours .
      Their real fans are as committed as ours and luckily for them they have found a backer with purpose and direction unlike our owner who is just a t$at.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Yes very committed thirty four thousand fans for a cup semi final we had nearly fifty thousand for a third round round cup tie take off the Luton fans and streets a head so do not talk rubbish

        • Whickhamrobbie

          I said their REAL fans are as committed as our real fans .
          Higher numbers do not mean better fans just look at Old trafford its packed but full of day trippers .
          Yes we turn out in higher numbers but is the support any better ? not from our seats its just full of whiners and boo boys.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Surely it is not to much to ask for fans to turn up for a cup Semi Final at home. If they get to Wembley it’s a two hundred mile trip so how many will turn up there.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Stargate`s open Chaps
    Clarko`s here
    😂
    🙈🙈🙈

    • Peaky Magpie

      And Monkseaton…..we’re bringing the big guns out…..I’m gannin oot afore it gets nasty 😳😳😳

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        wonder if a Man Nappy works against the Klingons
        😂😂😂

  • Huw Evans

    Seat counting is one of the most tedious aspects of modern football. So what if there’s a 1000 empty seats for the hardly thrilling spectacle of 11-men-behind-the-ball Newcastle United. It may come as a surprise to you Mags, but City have had to share the town with England’s most successful club over the past thirty years. You grow up in Manchester then you have a choice. Who would you have chosen? I think It’s amazing that 50k plus turn up every week. I like the fact that Geordies are loyal to their team but don’t spoil it by being arrogant twats.

    • Gallowgate Frost

      I didnt read any arrogance in the article, just praise about how Pep and Man City are good

    • HarryHype59

      I always preferred the City fans to those of Manure! The latter have armies of glory hunting southerners supporting them. Most of whom would struggle to find Manchester on a map!

      Good luck to City!

      • Geordiegiants

        That’s exactly the same for both halves now, and some of the fans I hear these days are a bunch of knobs.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        The same City fans who have an alliance with Sunderland. There were more city fans jailed for the fight on the quayside than either Newcastle or Sunderland so we know where your alliance lies.

        • HarryHype59

          I used to live and work in the SE for almost 25 years! The amount of plastic Man U fans who support “Marn United” used to amuse me! Most thought Manchester was somewhere up “Norf” but could say exactly where!

          I attended a Gillingham V Man City game in Kent when the blue half of Manchester were in the third tier! Their support was amazing!

          I wasn’t aware some city fans allegedly had had an allegiance with Sunderland! However I don’t live in Pennywell like you do!😂

    • Vito Genovese

      This is the modern age unfortunately.
      Personally prefer to wait until Saturday and sing ‘There here, they’re there, they’re every ******* where’ and ‘ couldn’t sell all your tickets ‘

  • TheNutJob

    I bet Aguero would love to play for the Toon

    • Peaky Magpie

      Wouldn’t get picked before Gayle & Hoss

      • Gallowgate Frost

        Mitro would get on the pitch before Aguero

        • Geordiegiants

          I doubt it, I would get a game before Donkovitic.

  • HappyToons

    Clopin Trouillefou, Phoebus de Chateaupers, Pierre Gringoire, Claude Frollo, Esmeralda, are some of the new clientele at the Etihad these days. Years ago (Main Rd) it was just the bell ringer, Quasimodo and a few thousand beer bellied pie chomping Bernard Mannings.

    ‘the bitterest and most obsessive article ever typed in the history of football’…hmmm, not quite and maybe just a wee bit over the top from ‘citeh blue’. He wants to have a look at the mackems boards and read some of their comments on us for a starter.

    Bitter and obsessive might just be the ones from other clubs who post on any other clubs sites? Just have a laugh ‘Citeh Blue’, it isn’t a reason to despise and hate all Geordies because one person comments on some empty seats, or is it?

    • Graham Keller

      I take it you all punch horses and drink Newcy Brown Ale then?

      • HappyToons

        The horses are on the loose in Bedlington snow today (see news). FYI The horse puncher is from there about 17 miles from the REAL NEWCASTLE.

      • Gallowgate Frost

        That old chestnut

      • TheNutJob

        JD & coke dressed in Boss, Armani & Lauren, we went up market years ago and don`t have to duck when a car goes past in case it`s a drive by

        • Peaky Magpie

          Divvent forget “the walk” or mentioning The Hacienda every 2 sentences 😂

    • kingfisher

      Yes, I was on a train and Tube in 1976 going to Wembley.I could only get a ticket for the Citeh end. Didn’t have any bother at all,unlike in 1974 when I got twatted outside Wembley by a Newcastle fan. Happy days

  • Grahame Johnson

    When a man city fan says we have had only 6 years to build their fan base compared to man u it sounds barking mad, the toons fan base has been steady for over 10 years even with Ashley and 2 relegations, our under 18s have grown up under a dark time in our history and have helped build our future fan base on loyalty not success. They have been here when we are $&#@,

    • Cockneytrev

      Newcastle had over 20000 (23000 I think) watching an under 18 match v Chelsea, about 3 years ago,,we held them to 0-0 in extra time we got beat 4-0 , Adam Armstrong was playing,
      That’s decent support,,
      I can half understand the city fans saying that they have a lot of games, coming thick and fast and they have to pick and choose,,

      • Graham Keller

        City have a great fan base. Always have done

        • Jezza

          Agreed. They wre always the one set of rival fans who could most understand what being a Newcastle supporter was all about. Both clubs with a solid loyal local working class fanbase, much larger than their clubs deserved. Both steadfastly sticking with their teams through decades of chronic under achievement, incompetent greedy owners, usless players and managers.

          • Stephen Paylor

            and the reason why im generally happy for them supporting right now, especially the older ones, as they would be for us im sure.

        • Vito Genovese

          So have Newcastle.
          Always thought Citeh and our support to be quite similar in that we always had good numbers away with a loyal fanbase at home. The strange love in with sunderland always puzzled me though.
          Met a Citeh fan on holiday a few years ago and while cracking on I commented how stupid the mackems were for buying stuff from sp**** d***** and thinking they could annoy the Mags even though they were indirectly putting money into NUFC.
          His reply was ‘it’s a bit like us and everytime everybody fills their car ‘
          Good luck to them

        • Geordiegiants

          Your old fans were amazing, just like ours, now it’s a disgrace when you hear the shyte coming from them.

        • Cockneytrev

          I didn’t dispute that?

    • I never said only had 6 years to build our fan base you utter moron, I said we’ve only really been back in the big time for the last 6 years i.e. top 4 and Champions League so shut your yap hole and get back in your corner.

      • Grahame Johnson

        Sorry I sit in the gallowgate not the corner, any how no malice was meant on my behalf, I remember in the early 80s man city played in a pre season competition in the isle of man ha ha that was the state of things then, alas I was their to watch the toon,you tend to find yr mirror image fans on trips like that I was 20 and have morphed in to the older city and toon fans who went, a conversation with some of the more larger city and toon fans regards getting replica tops was a joy and a memory I will keep

    • Graham Keller

      I’ve seen 5 relegations and our closest neighbours win everything. The worse we got, the higher our crowds. Our support is top drawer.

      • Geordiegiants

        It’s p!ss poor!

      • Albert Stubbins

        your support has been shte for years mate- empty seats the grounds too big for you.

        • Graham Keller

          Nope not true pal. Ground is more or less full for every league game – average of 54k – go back to sleep

  • TheNutJob

    3 things to do in Manchester, wear lacoste track suits or Prettty green jackets
    grunt CItee, Citee & last but not least duck when a speeding car goes past, chances are it`s a drive by !

  • Leicester Mag

    Had offer of a free ticket from City fan. Turned it down, self flagellation going to be less painful than the banjoing we are heading for.

    • TheNutJob

      😂😂

  • GToon

    Our support is the only thing that’s any use at our club and the only thing we can rival other clubs with. It’s the stuff that happens on the green bit in front of our supporters that we struggle with.

    • Daffy

      Check your facts

      • Danimal

        Looks like he has.

      • GToon

        It’s from the European statistics website. Why? Did you think I’d counted everybody myself? Hahahaha.

  • Blue Mancunian

    Just logged in on City website for tickets and for an example, in block 325 row V seat 708 is the only seat available. In the block where I sit, 219, when you click on it, there isn’t a single seat available so don’t know why it is showing availability. one final block picked at random, block 214 next to the away fans in South stand, there are 3 single seats available on rows C, K and HH. Single seats are difficult to sell because most people want to attend with friends. The rags from Old Trafford are the country’s best seat counter s yet they have just as many empties as anyone else. In the 80’s Newcastle average crowds were down to 16,000 at home and you can find proof of this on the internet. My mate supports Newcastle and has a large discount by for having a 10 year committment. Our stadium was recently increased in capacity and league games are mostly sold out. Occasionally season ticket holders can’t make it and don’t pass their ST on. We also have a few blocks for complimentary tikets that don’t get used. You count seats, and we’ll count the trophies coming to us this season. What a pointless article

    • GToon

      You are right. It is a pointless article and one that is only going to provoke people. Suppose that’s why they get put on here. After all we are both using it so it works. I’ve had a look at the attendances between the two clubs over the years purely out of interest, nothing else. Since 1948 we have had the bigger average attendance 50 times to city’s 23 (which includes this season). In the EPL years it’s 22 to city’s 4 (again including this season). Our lowest average came in 1981 at 16,001. For City it was in 1965 at 14,753. So what does all of that prove? Answer = nothing.
      I was going to look at trophies won too but there’s not much point in that is there! Like I said below, our support is the only thing this club has to be proud of. Shame really.

    • Martin Rooney

      Enjoy it won’t last when our attendances were low so were nearly all clubs only three clubs have had more folk through there doors in entire football history. Liverpool man u and arsenal and we came late to the party. There are a lot of empty seats given what’s on show shame, but I’m sure I’ll have a good time on Saturday looking at the stunning architecture surrounding the stadium.

    • Geordiegiants

      Still got shyte fans!

      • Albert Stubbins

        they had good away support in eighties but their shyte now and have been for years- pity.

    • anyobrien

      It’s embarrassing mate… Take Nee notice.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Only thirty four thousand Man City fans turned up for a cup semi final against Bristol City will they sell their tickets for Wembley if they get through doubtful.

        • anyobrien

          They have champions league away games. I know what I’d be saving my money for.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            I go to all the games no car, no flash clothes no posh house kids went to state schools it’s a matter of priorities you can get to every game if you want even hitched in the bad all days so give over no excuse for not going to games especially at home.

          • anyobrien

            Barnsley away back in he day was a bit different to what we cough up now.

        • anyobrien

          Newcastle v Shrewsbury 1987…….7781….fans
          And I was there

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Was a Full members cup game but did have two worse crowds against Wrexham early 1980 one of which got called off was there to as always.

          • anyobrien

            Simod cup

          • anyobrien

            Christ I remember the Wrexham game

          • Daffy

            Average crowd for Newcastle , at the time .

          • anyobrien

            Silly billy

          • Daffy

            Silly Hill Billy ?

          • anyobrien

            No just silly

          • Jezza

            Around 24,000 that season.

          • Danimal

            Christ I was there, freezing, desperately hoping it wouldn’t go to extra time. I think Mira scored a late winner to prevent it.

          • Jezza

            I missed Mira’s late winner that night as I had to leave before the end to catch the last train back to Edinburgh.

          • Jezza

            Me too, got the train down from Edinburgh, where I was living at the time. Must have been mad making that journey midweek for a meaningless cup tie but it’s gets better than that. I also travelled from Edinburgh for the next round away to Bradford. I was the only Newcastle fan on the train out of Bradford (to Leeds for the onward journey North) that night-I know that for a fact because I was the only person on the train!

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      What is not pointless is that only thirty four thousand City fans turned up for a cup semi final we had more than that a for a third round cup tie with nearly fifty thousand there how will you sell out if you get to Wembley pathetic fans not the thirty four thousand but the rest.

    • Albert Stubbins

      always in the shadow of that salford mob-most of your true die hard fans have been priced out- now the prawn sandwich mob have taken over at liddle citeh. You havent been selling out for years now- stop the excuses. Youve got a good hardcore support but massive support? not a chance.

      • Daffy

        Newcastle , massive – support – ?

  • They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing & this is a perfect example. All tickets have been sold for some time. The system allows for season ticket holders who can’t attend to sell via the ticket exchange in the last few days before the match. I would suggest you take a look , just now there were 2 tickets available

  • Toon

    These articles just make NUFC fans look stupid, typical Mag. We will look even more stupid when there is 50 odd thousand City fans watching them thump us 5-0