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