New record Newcastle United average attendances set under Mike Ashley
When it comes to Newcastle United average attendances, the record in the first decade under Mike Ashley was unsurprisingly his first season.
Everybody was looking forward to see where this ambitious English billionaire was going to take us to…
The Newcastle United average attendances at St James Park in that 2007/08 Premier League season were 51,320.
Mike Ashley’s second season saw the average drop under 50,000 for the first time since the stadium had been redeveloped for the start of the 2000/2001 season.
Even the fifth place season of 2011/12 saw crowds fail to get to a 50,000 average.
The next three seasons saw crowds crawl just above that 50,000 average but it was only when Rafa was in charge that things really changed for the better.
Despite the drop to the Championship, Newcastle averaged a remarkable 51,108. What made it extra impressive was that this was a 23 home game season, so there was actually a total of 1,175,484 Newcastle fans (and visitors) who watched the league matches in the second tier.
However, now Rafa Benitez has bettered last season’s attendances and indeed bettered all previous seasons under Mike Ashley, with 987,944 in total attending the 19 PL home games of 2017/18 at an average of 51,992.
That figure has actually only been beaten once in this era, the 52,032 average of 2005/06 just edging it.
So a season of relegation struggle with a team of few stars and the ground is pretty much full every time (as it was for the Championship as well), yet you still get fans questioning whether there is a demand for a bigger capacity if it is possible to be done…
Pre-Mike Ashley Newcastle United average attendances (since SJP was redeveloped):
2001/02 51, 372
2004/05 – 51,844
2005/06 – 52,032
2006/07 – 50,686
Under Mike Ashley Newcastle United average attendances:
2007/08 – 51,320
2008/09 – 48,749
2009/10 – 43,387
2010/11 – 47,717
2011/12 – 49,935
2012/13 – 50,517
2013/14 – 50,395
2014/15 – 50,359
2015/16 – 49,754
2016/17 – 51,108
2017/18 – 51,992
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