The FA Cup crowds under Mike Ashley haven’t been quite as bad as the results but nothing to shout about either.

Still a lot better than most but  in the main, a lot of parents seeing the chance to take their kids to a game at very reasonable prices.

FA Cup crowds usually around the thirty thousand mark.

The fact that under Mike Ashley there was an admission that the club were not going to even try and win a cup, hardly helped in creating even minimal enthusiasm.

The previous record actually came in Ashley’s first season at Newcastle United, fans dragged down by a shocking run of results and displays under Sam Allardyce, then he was sacked after a terrible and lucky 0-0 draw at Stoke who were a division lower.

On the day of the replay, a week after Allardyce’s sacking, it was announced Kevin Keegan had returned as manager, that fact putting around ten thousand on the gate as fans paid on the night to support the returning United boss. In the end 35,108 turned up.

In the 11th year of FA Cup football under Mike Ashley, we now have a new record under the Fat Controller, with 47,069 there yesterday to watch the 3-1 win over Luton.

There were around seven and a half thousand Luton fans but still you had forty thousand Newcastle supporters turning up, belief in Rafa Benitez (if not success in the FA Cup this season) leading to I would say adding at least ten thousand to the gate.

FA Cup home matches played so far by Newcastle at St James Park under Mike Ashley:

47,069 Newcastle 3 Luton 1 – 6 January 2018

34,896 Newcastle 3 Birmingham 1 – 18 January 2017 (Third round replay)

31,166 Newcastle 1 Cardiff 2 – 4 January 2014

30,876 Newcastle 2 Blackburn 1 – 7 January 2012

15,805 Newcastle 3 Plymouth 0 – 13 January 2010 (Third round replay)

31,380 Newcastle 0 Hull 1 – 13 January 2009 (Third round replay)

35,108 Newcastle 4 Stoke 1 – 16 January 2008 (Third round replay)

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 3 Luton 1

Goals – Newcastle Perez 30, 36 Shelvey 39

Goals – Luton Hylton 49

Possession was Luton 51% Newcastle 49%

Total shots were  Luton 9 Newcastle 25

Shots on target were Luton 2 Newcastle 7

Corners were  Luton 7 Newcastle 7

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Newcastle United:

Woodman, Manquillo, Lascelles (Hayden 31), Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Merino (Saivet 80), Shelvey (Diame 71), Murphy, Perez, Gayle

Unused Subs:

Darlow,  Joselu, Haidara, Aarons

Crowd: 47,069 (Approx 7,500 Luton)

(To read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the FA Cup win go HERE)

(Go HERE to watch the goals and highlights from Newcastle 3 Luton 1)

(Rafa Benitez analysis of win and update on Jamaal Lascelles injury situation HERE)

(Luton boss Nathan Jones gives his perspective on the match HERE)



  • Azz

    Wow, and the brown nosing goes on. Rafa this Rafa that. Rafa would leave if he wasn’t on £5m a year, he will be praying to get the sack so he gets his contract paid off.

    • justchampion

      So who would you have instead?

      • Leazes

        There isn’t a thing to suggest a ‘Rafalution’ or a ‘takeover’…. this is the worst and cheapest squad in nearly eleven years of Ashley.

        Does Rafa have a plan other than take us all for a ride…. I hope he has….. I haven’t seen the project synopsis…. has anyone?

        • hetonmag

          How can Rafa have a project as long as Ashley owns this club, remember Lambiarse and the 5 year plan well after 10 year’s we are still waiting.

          • Leazes

            It didn’t stop Mark Douglas writing his ‘Pulitzer Prize’ nominated….’Inside the Rafalution’!

          • Virsino

            …but isn’t Mark Douglas a beIIend?

  • ghostrider

    It’s testament to the loyalty of the fans as to why gates get as high as they do.
    In this case it’s also the hype around Luton’s massive FA cup following descending on St.James’s Park as their cup final, kind of thing.

    There’s something about Luton Town for me. I remember going to a good few matches and they seemed to stand out.
    I wonder if others think the same.
    Maybe supermac made it an ongoing special just knowing where we got him from.

  • Leazes

    I thought it was the Luton Town fans who did it…. you learn something new everyday with fake news.

  • Jimmy_toons

    The pricing of tickets would have played a part in the gait size. Rarely do the club get something right, probably a mistake.

    • Whickhamrobbie

      Rafa didn,t break the record US the fans did , i agree ticket pricing a saturday kick off and the Luton effect swelled the numbers but it had nowt to do with Rafa .
      Rochdale or Yeovil at home in the next round will do for me

  • Down Under Mag

    It was just nice to see a good strength side sent out and for us to act like we actually wanted to qualify. Celebrations were a little lacking from the players but at least we are in the hat. Hopefully any prospective new owners saw and were suitably impressed that we got such high crowds againt lowly opposition. Final word to Luton thought…gave it a go and made it a good cup tie. Good to see Rob Lees two sons back at St James’ as well, he must have been so proud.