The sales of Newcastle v Watford tickets aren’t going too well.
With no home match selling out so far, that trend is guaranteed to continue next weekend.
The opening four games at St James Park were against relatively attractive opposition, plus Spurs, Chelsea, Arsenal and Leicester all brought at least 3,000 fans.
Despite this, none of the games sold out.
Now Newcastle are in a run of games against less attractive opposition and the gaps are getting bigger.
Brighton had less than one and a half thousand fans at St James Park and the official crowd was announced as 50,329, more than two thousand under capacity.
However, when looking around the stadium there were clearly far more empty seats than that, with the crowd looking more like around 48,000 and over four thousand empty seats.
No news of any organised boycott of any game(s) so far but the Mike Ashley effect is already obvious.
Even Rafa Benitez sticking it out for the time being hasn’t stopped thousands of fans from walking away and with the product on the pitch so poor due to a refusal by the owner to allow proper investment, it will surely only get worse.
Watford have now announced that with a week to go and tickets having been on sale for a month, they have only sold 1,400 tickets.
With it very unlikely that they will sell many more, at least two, maybe three, of the usual away sections will end up available for Newcastle fans.
In the past they would have been snapped up by Newcastle supporters but just like Brighton last week, no chance of that happening.
The official Newcastle United ticket site is showing thousands of tickets still unsold.
This is the up to date official NUFC map which shows in green the areas where you can still buy Newcastle v Watford tickets:
As you can see, still tickets left in pretty much every section, plus to the far right where the six upper sections are shown in grey. This is the away end and some of those will also end up available.
Nobody likes to see empty seats at St James Park but if it plays a part in convincing Mike Ashley to go, then bring it on.
As for the many fans pushing for a one-off boycott of Newcastle v Wolves which is live on Sky Sports on Sunday 9 December, time is running out for The Magpie Group to announce a boycott, as tickets go on sale from Monday (29 October).