Newcastle United have achieved their latest sellout of St James Park.
The remaining tickets for the West Brom match went on general sale on Tuesday and less than 24 hours later, the club have confirmed that all home tickets have now been sold.
Arsenal on Sunday was sold out a long time ago and with the final game of the season home to Chelsea, that is also guaranteed to see a full St James Park.
In the first 16 Premier League home matches, 831,057 have went through the turnstiles at St James Park – both home and away fans.
That has brought an average of 51,941 for each of the 16 home PL games.
Despite all three remaining home games set to sell out, Newcastle United are set to fall agonisingly short of a 52,000 average for the season.
It would need an average of 52,314 or better in this last trio of games and the biggest attendances this season so far have been 52,311 for Man City and 52,309 for Man Utd.
Whilst the media (and many of our fans…) go on about St James Park being sold out every game, it isn’t totally true.
Whilst of course most matches are a sell out, the odd ones aren’t.
Some are due to where some of the away sections taken haven’t sold out and those unsold ones can’t be then allocated to Newcastle supporters.
However, there have certainly been three where NUFC fans failed to buy all available tickets:
These were Everton in December, when the gate was 51,042. Midweek in mid-December the Everton support was really poor and the timing didn’t have a great attraction for match by match NUFC fans either, we had played Leicester at home on the previous Saturday and hadn’t won a game for two months.
The Swansea game (51,044) in mid-January saw once again a combination of very small away support and post-Christmas sees cash in short supply for many, especially if travelling a distance and paying match by match.
The lowest of the season was for Burnley (50,174), the last day of a transfer window where Rafa Benitez had been blocked from buying any players, with fans still yet to see how good loan signings Kenedy and Dubravka would be. A cold midweek night and yet another very small number of away fans, helped seal this one as the lowest crowd of the campaign.
Still brilliant support of course throughout the season, Newcastle now guaranteed to have a small rise n the average attendance compared to he unbelievable 51,106 over the course of the Championship campaign.
The 16 Newcastle United Premier League attendances so far this season at St James Park:
52,077 Newcastle 0 Spurs 2
51,795 Newcastle 2 Stoke 1
52,303 Newcastle 1 Liverpool 1
52,251 Newcastle 1 Crystal Palace 0
52,237 Newcastle 0 Bournemouth 1
52,188 Newcastle 0 Watford 3
52,117 Newcastle 2 Leicester 3
51,042 Newcastle 0 Everton 1
52,311 Newcastle 0 Man City 1
52,209 Newcastle 0 Brighton 0
51,444 Newcastle 1 Swansea 1
50,174 Newcastle 1 Burnley 1
52,246 Newcastle 3 Southampton 0
52,261 Newcastle 1 Huddersfield 0