Blackburn Rovers have revealed the ticket sales for the game at St James Park on Saturday.

The Championship side received an initial allocation of 3,320 tickets and they say they have sold 2,870 so far.

They warn supporters that they won’t be able to buy tickets in the away end on the day of the game and are hoping to shift the remaining 450 tickets by 5pm on Friday afternoon, which is the deadline for away sales.

They could of course still travel on Saturday and buy them in the home areas, though prices double on matchday to £20 adults and £10 concessions.

Thursday saw Blackburn Rovers say (see below) they were looking forward to playing in front of over 50,000 on Saturday.

There were 47,069 inside St James Park for the third round last season but that was boosted by Luton bringing around 7,500, more or less the same as they get for home matches!

Another year of Mike Ashley misery has further battered down the Newcastle fans as well.

Level 7 tickets are not on sale yet and there is still plenty of availability showing on the official NUFC ticket website in the lower bowl at St James Park, so maybe a crowd of 30,000 is realistic, especially with Blackburn Rovers selling less than 3,000 so far.

As for what team Rafa Benitez will put out…the manager having little option surely but to rely mainly on squad players, although the likes of Shelvey, Lejeune and Fernandez may play as they need playing time.

The Mag – 3 January 2018:

Tony Mowbray has his team safely in mid-table after promotion from League One.

Blackburn Rovers travel to Newcastle on Saturday and the manager wants his players to enjoy the experience.

However, a little bit optimistic for the visitors to be expecting there to be over 50,000 inside St James Park on Saturday…

There were 47,069 at last season’s FA Cup third round game against Luton but the visitors did bring seven and a half thousand themselves.

Whilst maybe to an extent that encouraged a few more Newcastle fans to turn up.

With the mood ever more toxic thanks to Mike Ashley, there looks to be zero chance of anything approaching the crowd of 12 months ago.

Blackburn haven’t asked for more than their initial 3,000 allocation whilst the NUFC official ticketing site isn’t showing tickets even on sale in level 7, guessing maybe more like 30,000 than 50,000 (remember, if you are intending to go to the match, make sure you get tickets by Friday at latest, as they double in price on matchday).

Blackburn Rovers official site:

‘Tony Mowbray says his side should look forward to this weekend’s game at Newcastle United, with more than 50,000 supporters expected to be inside St James’ Park.’

“I believe we’ve played at a pretty high level in recent months but haven’t really got the rewards.

“Sometimes you have to accept that that’s football, but other times we haven’t got what we deserve.

“This weekend (at St James Park) we’re set to play in front of a big crowd and are looking forward to seeing how we get on in that environment.

“We’ve gone to Elland Road, which was just about packed, we’ve gone to Bramall Lane, which was just about packed. This is the next challenge and it will be a great education for our younger players.

“You have to build footballers and create an identity, show that work ethic and that drive.

“We can’t go to Newcastle and think about playing differently to how we usually do just because it’s a cup game.

“We’ll look to ask questions, but we’re mindful that we will be up against a Premier League club with Premier League players, who know how to pick the right pass.

“We have a few back in training.

 “Ryan Nyambe trained today and Craig Conway was back in the squad against West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday.

 “Elliott’s fitted back in at the weekend. Derrick Williams probably won’t make it, but he’s due to train tomorrow, so we’ll see how he comes along.

 “Generally we are looking okay at the moment. Joe Nuttall trained today after missing out last time out with an illness.

“It (St James Park) is an amazing arena to play at.

“I made my professional league debut at St James Park back in 1982 I think it was.

“I’ve been back a few times since, but it’s a great arena that’s full of proper football fans. Let’s go and test ourselves.

“It was special making my debut (for Middlesbrough) that day. Kevin Keegan was in the team that day, Micky Channon was in the team that day, I think Chris Waddle played as well.

“It was a big north-east derby and I have good memories from that day against some top players. Newcastle is a great place to play football because the people are so passionate about their team.

“I know last time we went there in the Championship we won thanks to a [Charlie] Mulgrew goal, so let’s see if we can repeat that.

“We’re trying to keep the same intensity, purpose and drive that we’ve shown. We should look forward to going to a Premier League club.

“We’ll take a relatively strong squad to Newcastle and try to win the game.”