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A shock for Mike Ashley as revealed Newcastle v Southampton set to be lowest crowd of the season

11 months ago
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Mike Ashley has not stepped inside St James Park on a match day this season he is set to be missing on Sunday no doubt, for Newcastle v Southampton.

He won’t be the only one.

These past eight Premier League games have seen four wins, two draws and only two defeats.

So surely this will have seen the Newcastle fans flooding back after so many walked away in the summer?

Apparently not.

Sunday’s game is set to see the very lowest crowd of the season so far.

With only 24 hours until kick-off, the club’s online ticketing website shows the following numbers of unsold tickets.

These are the Newcastle v Southampton tickets still unsold as of today (Saturday), whilst in brackets are the number that were unsold 14 days ago:

East Stand – 469 (662) seats available

Gallowgate East Corner – 91 (167) seats available

Gallowgate Stand – 1,399 (1,677) seats available

Gallowgate West Corner – 336 (443) seats available

Leazes East Corner – 606 (645) seats available

Leazes Stand – 1,583 (1,752) seats available

Leazes West Corner – 1,369 (1,573) seats available

Milburn Stand – 1,791 (2.470) seats available

By my calculations, that adds up to 7,644 (compared to 9,389 fourteen days ago) Newcastle v Southampton tickets still unsold in the normal home areas

Making it only 1,745 sold in these last 14 days.

Whilst the crowd was boosted for last Saturday by Manchester City selling the full 3,200 away fan allocation, Southampton only took 1,600 tickets and their ticketing website shows they haven’t come close to selling out, meaning up to another 2,000 unsolds to be added to that total, as they obviously haven’t been put on sale to Newcastle fans as would have happened in the past.

So with around 2,000 empty seats in the away end to add to the 7,644 still unsold in the home areas, that is over 9,500 unsold Newcastle v Southampton tickets as things stand only 24 hours before kick-off.

The lowest official crowd so far this season was 43,316 for Brighton with around 9,000 tickets unsold, so at the moment we are looking at the lowest crowd of the season so far at St James Park on Sunday against Southampton.

Which suggests anything but a softening of fan attitudes to Mike Ashley and the ongoing state of the club due to his ownership, despite those recent positive results. How much lower would the crowd have been if Newcastle were in the bottom three?

The unsold figures above, also don’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.

Reality is that surely there are currently well over 10,000 tickets unsold for Newcastle v Southampton.

Last season this fixture saw Rafa Benitez’ Newcastle side beat Southampton in front of 52,191 at St James Park, with Ayoze Perez getting a hat-trick.

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