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.”

  • Kenny

    A no nonsense player & a decent guy, i wish him all the best,
    After we beat them that is.

    • Billmag

      Flat back 10 Kenny then go through on penalties.

  • KennySamsung

    Have a lot of respect for Mowbray, this could be his finest hour as we never really take the cup seriously these days.

    • Leicester Mag

      Lost his wife a few years ago one of the few dignified and decent men in football

  • Shields Mag

    He’s done a good job has Mowbray under sometimes difficult circumstances at Blackburn.

  • Squintytoonarmy

    Guaranteed sell out – Moscow will snap up remaining tickets

    • KennySamsung

      And get stuck in the lift going up to level 7

    • Tweed Mag

      He’s got people travelling from the USA, China, Kazakhstan and outer space for this one.

      • Squintytoonarmy

        And all his ex-employees from TUI

      • Themoscow72

        Just Glasgow and Holland for this one.

    • We’ll support you evermore

      He’s a grade A fantasist…

      • Realist

        Wezza your at it again.

  • Kenny

    Monks got his Pardew & McClaren memorabilia on Ebay to buy any spare tickets going

  • JohnnyH

    Surprised monks not been on yet doing his box office bit.

    And chucking in a little Blackburn anecdote.

    • Themoscow72

      We only have 4,284 seats left of those put on sale with the East Stand, West Stand completely sold out together with the Strawberry Corner. Might have to load more tickets in the North West and South West corners at this rate.
      Should be between thirty five and thirty eight thousand which is a great crowd for the magic of the F.A.Cup. This game reminds of the away tie against them in the 1992/3 season. We only got four thousand tickets and they went on sale 9.00am in the morning. Fans started queuing at three in the afternoon the day before and when I got there after work the queue was round the Gallowgate. By three in the morning the coppers had had enough and got the ticket office staff out of bed and opened the ticket office. There was a riot I lost a shoe and a lot of blood but got my two tickets and went straight to work.

      • TheFatController

        Did the Hammerhead get your shoe ?

    • TheFatController

      “Ah, I remember when me and 423 mates, all left from the Arms on Front Street in a white van, headed over the top and down into Blackburn, great times too til the sharks started circling.

      “Hammerheads took so many out, by the time the van came back to collect us, only 121 made it back”

      “Only 32,453 tickets left, I support the regime not the team. See you in the lift… “

      Hope that helps.

  • Billmag

    Be amazed if there’s 25.000 there.

    • Themoscow72

      Be amazed if less than 36,522.

  • GToon

    I predict a small crowd and them to win 1-0 as we field half a team to protect the squad from injuries.

  • Wezza

    It will be a dross match that’s for sure why would anyone want to watch a match that doesn’t matter.

    • Coach Clagnut

      So they can give our skint billionaire some vomit wonga. Why else?

  • Mike

    One question: Whats the point?
    Cups waste of time Prem teams not interested sometimes i struggle to remember who won the FA & other odd named one!!!!

  • Cushty lad

    Play all the kids to warm them up for the mackams would be a good idea as we have no chance of getting anywhere near the f.a. cup with this squad.