Despite having played Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham so far, Newcastle United are still to sell out a home game.

It would have been unheard of in past seasons, with all three of these fixtures usually quickly selling out.

However, the Mike Ashley effect has already struck even before the protests got started this season.

Season ticket sales heavily down and with such a depressing  failure to invest in the squad, no wonder fans are already voting to stay away, never mind if we get to the point where Ashley forces Rafa Benitez out at last.

Attractive opposition and teams taking the full away allocations have so far hidden the problem to an extent but on Saturday it looks as though we are going to see a few more empty seats.

Leicester took a 3,000 away allocation and are reported to have sold most of them.

Whilst a quick check on the official Newcastle United ticket site shows the following areas (marked in green) where NUFC fans can still buy tickets.

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As you can see, supporters still have a choice of stands/sections.

The ridiculous price rises in the summer have hardly helped either.

The NUFC ticket site is showing at least a thousand empty seats but I’m guessing the reality on Saturday may be a lot more when you look around St James Park.

The following three home matches are Brighton, Watford and Bournemouth in October/November, this is when we will see things getting very noticeable, less attractive opposition bringing minimal numbers of fans.

Looking ahead, unless Mike Ashley leaves – in which event tickets would suddenly be priceless, the first Newcastle home match where there will be any chance of selling out is Manchester United next year, Newcastle currently set to play them on New Year’s Day.

A source of pride was always the fact that at least we had a full St James Park but now Mike Ashley has even taken that away from us, the boycott has already begun in reality, with things set to get a whole lot worse unless something significant changes.



  • MidlandsMag

    This season feels like a write off already to me. I really hope i am wrong and Saturday kicks off our season with a win.
    Every other season I want to watch the games (at St. James’ park when I manage to get up to Newcastle to visit family) but not really bothered this season.
    Although my fear is for next season and subsequent seasons… feels like a train wreck waiting to happen.

    • Ron

      Wrong tense – happening now!

      • MidlandsMag

        Agreed, but I don’t think we will see the full impact of it until next season.

        • Ron

          Very true; what with Rafa gone and 2nd tier football.

  • Paul Patterson

    Feels like a slow death. Get to safety and its job done. Every season. This season may just break that and it was likely before a ball was kicked.

    • Leazes.

      Its a long war against the guy who possesses the shares……this season is panning out badly for Ashley…. we might just be able to get a large walk out for live TV on the agenda.

      • Ron

        I won’t be holding my breath though, Apathy rules! Makes me sick at times.

  • Themoscow72

    So much for a boycott, just bought five tickets, three for the Leazes sports bar at £45 each and two in the Platinum club at £55 each so 5 tickets cost £245. The year before Ashley took over, the average attendance was 50,686 with crowds such as Bolton 44,145, Charlton 48,642, reading 48,182. The average crowd this season is 51,902 compared to last season 51,992. The only seats left are single seats in the family enclosure which you can’t buy.