Newcastle fans are sick of it.

The cracks have been papered over fairly well so far but you don’t have to pick away too deeply to see that things are changing.

I have already written about the tickets/crowds so far this season and that picture is growing.

Once again, it isn’t that apparent to the casual observer but the truth is there if you look for it.

Newcastle fans are sick of everything really.

Rafa Benitez has kept us going for the past couple of years, holding thing together pretty much, but what is there to look forward to at the minute?

No sign of Mike Ashley changing (obviously) or selling up, every chance (all but certain) that Rafa will leave within the next 10 months, an understrength and under-invested squad, whilst as for the football…

Even Newcastle fans have their breaking point.

Last summer the club announced there had been a sell out of season tickets, fans supporting Rafa and his squad despite the meagre transfer funds made available to the manager.

The sheer number of season ticket holders ensuring  that the incredible 51,000+ average in the Championship was improved on again, though obviously within the confines of the fact St James Park holds only just over 52,000 fans.

The lowest crowd last season for a Premier League home match was 50,174 when Burnley were the visitors on January transfer deadline day, very apt. Mike Ashley refusing to allow Rafa Benitez to buy and players and the club in the middle of yet another Ashley-inspired relegation battle.

I think it is guaranteed we will see a number of crowds below that 50,174 figure, maybe significantly so.

This summer thousands of season tickets were left unsold.

Last season the Spurs home game was sold out 17 days in advance, this time the Tottenham match didn’t even sell out. Not by a massive amount but the crowd was under fifty two thousand (51,749).

The Chelsea game the same scenario, last season sold out well in advance, this time didn’t sell out (51,791).

On the road, nobody has a better away support than Newcastle United, in my opinion, some maybe are as good but putting everything together (rubbish team, Ashley, poor football, rarely win, geography/distance) there are certainly none better.

However, Cardiff away wasn’t sold out, Forest away wasn’t sold out, and now Man City away hasn’t sold out.

Five matches in a row where Newcastle fans haven’t bought up all their tickets, when was the last time this happened?!!

You can give various reasons but for all five to not be sold out, tells you everything.

It was still amazing support at both Cardiff and Forest, as well as anybody daft enough (in a good way!) to be going to Man City (Newcastle are 28/1 to win!!).

After all, Rafa even told us in advance of Forest that basically doing anything in the cups is an impossibility this season, whilst not a single Newcastle fan will be travelling to the ETihad believing there is any chance of getting anything, plus knowing they will be watching our team defend for 90 minutes.

Imagine just for a second, if you were meeting somebody who knew nothing at all about Newcastle United, especially the current situation, and you had the job of convincing them to pay money to come and watch us? At a time when the club made a massive £20m+ profit in the summer and yet still put season ticket prices up by up to over 20% compared to last season.

Before Rafa Benitez arrived, Newcastle were regularly playing to crowds in the 40,000s under Steve McClaren, and indeed even the likes of a home game against Man Utd saw a crowd under 50,000.

Indeed, Ashley had dragged things so low over a period of time, even once Rafa arrived we still saw a crowd of only 46,424 for a key relegation match against Man City at home.

The hope inspired by and loyalty to Rafa Benitez, have blinded many people to what was a clear downward trend previously. Only the presence of Rafa has fooled so many into thinking full houses are all but guaranteed.

Arsenal at home usually sells out instantly, tickets rarely getting to the public sale stage. This time, with two weeks to go, you can get tickets all around St James Park and this is after the tickets went on general sale towards the start of this week.

At the moment we are seeing only hundreds of empty seats at home but unless something seriously changes for the better (results, the football, Rafa committing to a new contract, Ashley leaving/selling, all of these….), nobody will be able to ignore the fact that thousands of Newcastle fans have had enough already.

With Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal, they all brought (will bring) the full 3,200+ away following.

However, you only have to look ahead to mid-October and a run of three home games in a three week stretch against Brighton, Watford and Bournemouth.

Minimal numbers of away fans and expecting thousands of match by match ticket buyers making up the season ticket shortfall is very unlikely.

Five thousand or so empty seats a few matches in a row should be a wake up call for even Mike Ashley.

The migration of supporters sick of Ashley has already started, the only question now is whether he will be prepared in any way to halt that?

Selling up or making his peace with Rafa and a proper commitment to back him, starting in the January window, are the obvious answers for Newcastle United to be able to start again and attempt to rebuild properly.

Otherwise this club is only heading in one direction, both on and off the pitch.

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  • Paul Patterson

    If the store manager at your local Tesco stops getting in stock your favourite brand of beans, starts charging you 20% more for inferior beans, lies about why he hasn’t got the resources to buy your beans, abuses the friendly checkout staff that you’ve come to know in front of you, I’m pretty sure you’ll be using another store . .

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Has your season ticket gone up 20%, Paul? unless you are in the Platty, it’s gone up a massive 3% and over the period of Mike Ashley’s tenure, less than 2% per year.

      • Will In Despair!

        🤮 An apologist 🤮 🤮 🤮!

  • Carverlier football

    We’ll be losing a whole generation of young fans too. If you’re 10 years old your head is much more likely to be turned by the successful club at the top of the league when your own local team has zero interest in even attempting to compete. I used to be semi-serious when I said we’d never win anything in my lifetime – now I’m deadly serious, I just can’t see even the tiniest chance of picking up a cup as it stands

    • Jezza

      Very true. As I’ve said before, Ashley’s lasting legacy will be a generation of Geordie kids growing up supporting teams from London, Liverpool and Manchester.

      • Peaky

        Sad but also very true..

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Utter nonsense Jezza. There have always been the odd glory seaker but you will also see more ‘other’ fans in Newcastle as the City attracts all sorts of people and we’re all a little bit more mobile than we were in the 1960’s

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      When I grew up you would see a lot of Leeds, Man Utd even Chelsea now you see none just Newcastle and very pleasing it is to.

    • Cockneytrev

      Of all the despicable things Ashley has done, Wonga, stadium name change, Sir Bobbys photos in skip,selling off land, etc… I personally think that the fact he will turn a generation of supporters into supporters of other clubs, is the worst,, I’ve travelled extensively and whenever I meet a fellow Geordie we invariably end up talking about games, players etc can’t see this happening with the next generation,,

  • TheFatController

    Mugpie will tell you there are only single seats left. And they won’t sell as everyone has loads of mates just like him.

    He doesn’t explain that all his ‘mates’ are in his freezer, however …

    • Peaky

      😂🤣😂 Love that last line…

      • Kneebotherm8

        It’s cracker that like………he gets nee backchat off them like……..that’s why he comes on here……for a bit of conversation……😂😂😂

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Two hundred and eighty three single seats left with two weeks to go is amazing support.

    • Will In Despair!

      Lol. I’d even think he’d go to the extent of buying up most of the available tickets, just to prove his point.

      After all, being such a top city Accountant for around a quarter of a century will sure make it so very affordable!

      Laughable it all is; the geordie Walter Mitty 😉

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Yet more rubbish from the Mag but this article enters the top ten for the worst. Both Chelsea and Tottenham sold out a week before in the normal pat of the ground. The only tickets left were a few at between £65.00 and £250.00. We took 2,700 to Nottingham Forest probably the largest away following in the cup and that would have been more if we did not have to play Man City four days later. We will be taking nearly six thousand fans away in four days amazing stuff. I wonder Dean do you ever do any research before you do these articles. Last season on paper we only sold out three times again due to corporate over priced tickets. What was the average crowd the year before Ashley came the answer is 50,686 so the crowds have gone up this season. Now Arsenal is over two weeks away and the match is a sell out in the normal part of the ground bar 361 single seats. You cannot buy two together. Simply amazing support week in week out.

  • DeadToiler

    The main reason we are not selling out is not because of a boycott but because our results have been poor. We sold plenty of tickets in the Championship because we were winning more games. Likewise if we’d scrambled a few more points this season so far and still been in the League Cup we would have sold more tickets. People turn a blind eye to poor performances if we scrape over the line and also to the odious greedy owner of the club. Most boycotters are people who want to be noticed.

    • Ram Kishore

      I think the ticket sales haven’t gone below 50k. This article is pretty devoid of facts .. i am not saying ticket sales haven’t gone down a bit by few hundred.. But this article is overstating few things

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      That is true. That said, the games did sell out, Dean is being a bit naughty.

  • Lostprofit DBC

    Regardless of the league you are in, fans have highs and lows. We are at a very bad place at the minute but a few missing isn’t a sign of things to come, it’s peanuts. Some teams would be at half capacity with an owner like ours in charge. As a hotbed, it will take a very small upturn to fully sell out and Ashley knows this, not that he cares. I was there in the bad old days when half time was best! You ain’t seen nothing yet.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    So dean tell me how the last average crowd of 50,686 is higher than the crowds against Spurs and Chelsea would love to know. We could have probably sold five thousand more tickets for each game if any £38.00 or £48.00 tickets were available.

  • Lostprofit DBC

    Does it really matter? The truth is, morale is very low, the owner isn’t investing, in fact the opposite. Rafa’s brand of football, although forced, is atrocious, I hate watching it.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      What do you define as the opposite of investing?

      • Ram Kishore

        I think this article is devoid of facts.. live tv games may have reduced it by few hundred..We are averaging more than 51k ..

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          It is Ram. To add to that, I used to get a seat for the upper Gallowgate during the post-Bobby Robson period (pre-Ashley) as my mate didn’t always get to the match. The ground was never full, in that area there were full rows empty when we played any lesser team.

      • Lostprofit DBC

        Taking out, profit before glory, saving rather than spending, surplus in transfer funds, greed before compassion, asset stripping, free advertising, Ashley behaviour, House of Fraser not NUFC.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Nothing has been taken out, it’s a myth.

          I read an article by KPMG today, a recount of where we were:

          “In an attempt to fulfil the ambitions of its fans, the club spiralled towards insolvency. Sliding down the table they were also heading towards a precarious position that, without the owner, might have been irretrievable. They went from fifth in 2003-4, to 14th in 2004-5, seventh in 2005-6, to 13th, 12th and finally 18th place and relegation in 2008-9. It is not that there was no investment in the club, it is just that this was invested unwisely.”

          “At Newcastle, though, there seldom was anything left over. At the end of the 1993-4 season, Newcastle’s debt stood at less than £1m. Over the course of the next 13 years it grew to £60m. When the £54m in equity received from a share issue in 1997 is included, the numbers show that Newcastle spent £114m more than they generated over that period. Arguably their successes had come at a price that was unsustainable.”

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          There has been no asset stripping, Quite the opposite, in the time he’s owned the club, he’s added £67m of asset to the club.

          House of Fraser is a deal that Sports Direct have completed, nothing to do with NUFC. That’s akin to complaining that SD have bought stocks of Adidas trainers instead of lending money to NUFC.

          You are one of the brighter contributors on here but you are getting carried away with fiction over fact.

          • arsmagic

            Great place this site, someone will always argues the alternative that Black is white, even when this club is dying in front of you

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Things are not all tickety-boo, I agree but there is no point making up lies to back up a false position.

            I’m not claiming @Lostprofit DBC is lying but more that he has been the victim of the myth that Ashley is an asset Stripper etc. THere are things to be annoyed about but when there are people just making up nonsense until it becomes accepted fact, then the case of the argument is going to be missed.

          • GlasgowMag

            “Things are not all tickety-boo” understatement of the year Bobby boy your still a funny guy!!!😂😂😂🤣

          • Will In Despair!

            What a load of utter 💩

          • Lostprofit DBC

            Your thorough passionate responses deserve a reply. I am not well up on the actual accounts etc but what strikes me is that we didn’t spend the surplus and it’s a mystery where certain funds have gone, prize money instalments for eg. I get frustrated at times with people’s simplistic approach to what is without doubt, careful outlay. Pragmatic or whatever you want to call it, we are bottom of the net cash spent table at plus £20m. I can’t see the sense in risking relegation and losing hundreds of millions. As for asset stripping I think Carroll, Cabaye, Sissoko, Wijnaldum etc were maybe sensible sales but as the money wasn’t reinvested………….Don’t let this site frustrate you, people will find a way to quell their emotions and let off steam. We are the best fans but treat like dirt as he laughs on.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Just rang up to get another couple of Man City tickets and was told it was sold out so yet again a pointless article and negative lies from the Mag.

    • Will In Despair!

      Yes, of course you did!

      Where is that juicy ‘Deloitte’ link I’m waiting for?

      Lol, I’ve just had a fleeting funny thought that are the closest thing to a Geordie Walter Mitty 😊

  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    Woe Dean, grasping at straws to make a point. If you tried to get a pair of tickets for Chelsea then you wre out of luck, there were non, EVEN in the platty.

    City have sold out, Cardiff was a sell out.

  • Mike

    its still 50k too many to make an impact