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Number of unsold tickets revealed for next 7 Newcastle home and away matches tells us everything

3 weeks ago
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With the return of football after an enforced 16 days break. I have been looking at the sales of tickets for the next seven Newcastle home and away matches.

After only eight (home and away) games in 85 days, Newcastle United now have seven coming up within a 31 day stretch.

Tickets on sale (or have been on sale) for these next seven games starting with Aston Villa away on Monday and Man Utd away on Boxing Day.

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.

An average of over 6,000 empty seats at each St James Park Premier League match so far.

So what has been the response of Newcastle fans after a decent run of results? Three wins and a draw in the last five games, including seven points picked up in the last three matches.

It is very telling when you see the stats on unsold tickets below.

This is how it looks for the four way games within this next seven games stretch:

As you can see, the club’s official ticketing site shows an impressive sell out on all four away matches.

The tickets for away games may not sell quite so quickly as previous seasons but no doubting the appetite that is still there for away days.

So what about the home matches coming up, has anything changed from the thousands of empty seats we have become so used to seeing this season?

I have counted up how many tickets are still unsold for these next three home matches (Man City, Southampton and Crystal Palace) via the club’s online ticketing website which shows details of all the sections of St James Park, which allows fans to pick their 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 Man City tickets still unsold as of Saturday night in each part of the ground with 7 days to go to the game:

East Stand – 54 seats available

Gallowgate East Corner – 73 seats available

Gallowgate Stand – 954 seats available

Gallowgate West Corner – 97 seats available

Leazes East Corner – 227 seats available

Leazes Stand – 825 seats available

Leazes West Corner – 1,018 seats available

Milburn Stand – 800 seats available

By my calculations, that adds up to 4,048 Newcastle v Manchester City tickets still unsold in the normal home areas (I had actually looked at unsolds for Man City on Wednesday and there were then 4.294 unsold, so we are talking about less than 250 tickets sold in three/four days).

These are the Newcastle v Southampton tickets still unsold as of Saturday night in each part of the ground with 15 days to go to the game:

East Stand – 662 seats available

Gallowgate East Corner – 167 seats available

Gallowgate Stand – 1,677 seats available

Gallowgate West Corner – 443 seats available

Leazes East Corner – 645 seats available

Leazes Stand – 1,752 seats available

Leazes West Corner – 1,573 seats available

Milburn Stand – 2.470 seats available

By my calculations, that adds up to 9,389 Newcastle v Southampton tickets still unsold in the normal home areas

These are the Newcastle v Crystal Palace tickets still unsold as of Saturday night in each part of the ground with 28 days to go to the game:

East Stand – 709 seats available

Gallowgate East Corner – 195 seats available

Gallowgate Stand – 1,775 seats available

Gallowgate West Corner – 423 seats available

Leazes East Corner – 725 seats available

Leazes Stand – 1,704 seats available

Leazes West Corner – 1,568 seats available

Milburn Stand – 2.280 seats available

By my calculations, that adds up to 9,379 Newcastle v Crystal Palace tickets still unsold in the normal home areas

The crowd is boosted for this immediate next home game with Manchester City announcing that they have sold out their full away allocation of 3,185 tickets.

However, neither Southampton or Crystal Palace have sold out and I doubt either will bring any/many more than 1,000, meaning an extra couple of thousand empty seats to be added to the total.

For all three matches 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 for all three home games, with hundreds of corporate tickets still showing unsold just in those two areas for Southampton and Palace matches, though not many left for Man City.

The lowest official crowd so far this season was 43,316 for Brighton and the highest so far is 51,198 for the win over Man Utd.

All the evidence points to the Man City crowd probably ending up somewhere closer to the Man Utd figure with Man City selling out and it being attractive opposition, attracting no doubt a fair number of neutrals/football tourists. I would guess this game might just scrape 50,000.

However, I think the other two home matches will be close to that lowest home crowd of the season so far, with Southampton potentially going even lower.

For both games there looks to be less than 40,000 tickets sold, once you take into account unsold corporate tickets.

Newcastle United’s away games will always appeal but as for home matches under Mike Ashley, it is still looking a tough sell.

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