The West Ham match could potentially see Newcastle United sell out St James Park for the first time this season.
With Mike Ashley’s ongoing presence helping to drive fans away, none of the seven Premier League home matches have sold out.
Indeed these past two home games (and wins…) have seen official crowds drop below the fifty thousand mark against Watford and Bournemouth and indeed looking around St James Park, there looked to be only around 47,000 inside St James Park for each of those two matches.
Looking on the Newcastle United official ticketing website, there are still tickets available in most sections of the stadium for the West Ham match, although there are far more showing still unsold for the game a week later when Wolves visit – with a fan boycott announced for that game on Sunday 9 December (for the West Ham match, Newcastle fan protest organisers have asked supports to demonstrate against Mike Ashley by not entering the ground until the 11th minute).
The last two home attendances haven’t been helped by poor away followings from Watford and Bournemouth, though that is set to change with West Ham.
The Hammers have revealed that 90% of their 3,149 tickets for Newcastle have been sold, with the other 300 or so set to go imminently after a ballot this week of season ticket holders with minimal loyalty points.
As to whether the Newcastle v West Ham match provides the first sold out signs at St James Park this season remains to be seen but two wins and better football against Bournemouth won’t have done any harm.
The crowds so far at St James Park this season have been:
51,749 v Tottenham
51,791 v Chelsea
52,165 v Arsenal
51,523 v Leicester
50,329 v Brighton
49,157 v Watford
49,266 v Bournemouth
West Ham official announcement:
The initial 90% of tickets for West Ham United’s Premier League fixture at Newcastle United have sold out to Season Ticket Holders with 16+ points.
The remaining 10% of the Hammers’ 3,149 allocation for the trip to St James’ Park on Saturday 1 December are now available to Season Ticket Holders who have yet to purchase a seat to apply for via a ballot.
The ballot is open until 1pm on Thursday 15 November.
As for Newcastle’s upcoming away matches, the official NUFC ticketing website is showing at Wednesday lunchtime that 190 tickets are still available for Burnley on Monday 26 November and 394 away tickets left for the game at Everton on Wednesday 5 December.