Mike Ashley 10,000 free season ticket give away set to seal remarkable new Premier League record
The Premier League is set to create a remarkable new record and Mike Ashley has all but ensured that this will happen.
St James Park has never ever seen so many empty seats in the Premier League as they have seen this season.
Mike Ashley now having acted to save the credibility of his St James Park retail advertising, announcing 10,000 free Newcastle United season tickets, this coming ahead of a massive relaunch and rebranding of Sports Direct. Monday (16 December) will see a wave through vote (Mike Ashley owns two thirds of the votes) whereby with immediate effect SD will become ‘Fraser Group’, with adverts to then be converted at SJP ASAP.
However, elsewhere in the Premier League this season it has been a very different season, a case of never having had it so good where top flight crowds are concerned.
Writing in The Mail, Nick Harris says that going into this current weekend of matches, all the signs are that a 70 year old record could fall.
After the first 16 rounds of Premier League matches, all 20 clubs had each played eight of those at home, with the average attendance across the PL of 39,293.
The current record average in the top flight is 38,766 and this was set all the way back in 1948-49.
Newcastle United finished fourth that season but were way ahead when it came to crowds, the best in Division One with an average of 53,839. Arsenal second highest with 51,478 and then Man Utd on a 48,808 average (despite Man Utd finishing two places higher in the league…).
Maybe the maddest statistic of all, is that the previous season when Newcastle were in Division Two in 1947/48, NUFC had a remarkable 56,299 attendance average. Even beating the staggering 51,106 average NUFC attracted under Rafa Benitez in 2016/17 in the Championship.
That 1948/49 all-time top flight average attendance record was achieved with Newcastle United playing the leading role.
So it is only fitting that once again NUFC will play the key part in ensuring a new record is set this season.
The 10,000 free season tickets will mean a guarantee of another extra 100,000 fans being counted over the course of the final 10 Newcastle matches this season that might not otherwise have happened, whether or not the freebies actually even turn up for matches or not.
Whilst a new top flight attendance looks a racing certainty, it kind of sums up modern football that fans are still counted, even when they don’t turn up for games. What would supporters back in 1948/49 think of that???
Whether it is Newcastle giving tickets away or Arsenal season ticket fans who pay top dollar but rarely turn up to games, they are all counted.
If you would like to feature on The Mag, submit your article to [email protected]