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Impact of West Ham win on number of Newcastle v Bournemouth tickets sold is revealed

7 days ago
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With only four days to go until the game, I have been looking at the number of unsold Newcastle v Bournemouth tickets.

The official attendances this season have been hit as thousands of Newcastle fans said enough was enough with Mike Ashley’s running of the club.

However, what impact has/will the win over West Ham have and seven points won from the last twelve?

This will be Bournemouth’s fourth Premier League visit to Tyneside.

Last season there were 49.266 there to see Newcastle win only their second win of the season in November 2018 with two Rondon goals.

Whilst in 2017/18 there was a 52,237 sellout to see Rafa’s side lose 1-0 in the final seconds.

Their first visit saw another more or less sellout of 52,107 for a 3-1 away win on 5 March 2016. This was Steve McClaren’s final game and ironically easily the biggest crowd under him, a supporter initiative seeing fans coming together in trying to avoid the imminent relegation.

I have now counted up how many Newcastle v Bournemouth tickets are still unsold via the club’s online ticketing website which shows details of all the sections of St James Park, which allows fans to pick their Newcastle v Bournemouth tickets. (What that also allows is somebody to then count up how many are still unsold for this next match. I went around every section to total them up, you didn’t need to count the seats one by one, there is a total of unsolds for each section.)

These are the Newcastle v Bournemouth tickets still unsold on Tuesday morning in each part of the ground with four days to go to the game:

East Stand – 416 seats available

Gallowgate East Corner – 85 seats available

Gallowgate Stand – 1,347 seats available

Gallowgate West Corner – 256 seats available

Leazes East Corner – 506 seats available

Leazes Stand – 1,508 seats available

Leazes West Corner – 1,276 seats available

Milburn Stand – 1,747 seats available

Magpie Club – 26 seats available

By my calculations, that adds up to 7,167 Newcastle v Bournemouth tickets still unsold in the normal home areas (the Magpie Club is a new section listed amongst the normal ticket options so not sure where that is).

The Wolves crowd was boosted with them selling the full away allocation of 3,235 tickets.

In contrast, Bournemouth took only 1,095 tickets and haven’t even sold those so far, meaning at least another 2,200 unsold tickets can be added to the total, tickets which in the past would then have been bought by Newcastle fans.

However, this also doesn’t include the approximate 4,000 or so seats in corporate areas, so it is an unknown how many of them remain unsold as well. The club have been pushing  sales in corporate areas to normal fans and on the ticketing site they are pushing the Park Grill and Barracks deals to normal fans, with hundreds of corporate tickets still showing unsold just in those two areas.

The match by match tickets for this game went on sale for this over four weeks ago and with only a handful of tickets sold since the win over West Ham on Saturday, it is questionable whether many more will be sold in these next few days.

As it stands, we are currently looking at sales if no more than 42,000 and potentially a good number less than that with the struggle to sell corporate tickets as well.

The lowest official crowd so far this season was 43,316 for Brighton and this figure now looks under threat.

All the evidence points to fans staying away not because of results week to week but simply sick of the overall running of the club by Mike Ashley. Here’s hoping one day soon he does sell and everybody can come together once again in actively supporting the club and filling St James Park.

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