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Number of unsold Newcastle v Southampton tickets revealed – Signs of softening towards Mike Ashley?

11 months ago

It was 12 days ago now when I had a look at the number of unsold Newcastle v Southampton tickets that there was two weeks before the day of the day of the game.

At that time I was looking at the solds/unsolds for all the games that were on sale at the time, or that had sold out.

Back at close of play on Saturday 23 November four of the seven games were sold out for Newcastle supporters.

Aston Villa, Sheffield United, Burnley and Manchester United. The defining thing of course is/was that they are/were all away games.

Saturday’s match against Manchester City saw 49,937 announced as the official attendance.

The crowd obviously boosted with it being the reigning champions and plenty of football tourists in evidence at the game, plus reports of a large number of tickets sold on the cheap through the universities and other local organisations.

What about your bog standard games though such as Southampton on Sunday.

Are fans showing signs of softening towards Mike Ashley and/or just drifting back to games, rather than still boycotting or just fed up with Ashley and the club overall?

My look at the number of unsold Newcastle v Southampton tickets today was prompted by receiving this email from the club…

A ‘Last chance to buy tickets!’, sounds like sales are going well…?

So once again I have counted up how many tickets are still unsold for Southampton on Sunday 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 Southampton tickets still unsold as of today (Thursday), whilst in brackets are the number that were unsold 12 days ago:

East Stand – 516 (662) seats available

Gallowgate East Corner – 110 (167) seats available

Gallowgate Stand – 1,479 (1,677) seats available

Gallowgate West Corner – 374 (443) seats available

Leazes East Corner – 605 (645) seats available

Leazes Stand – 1,631 (1,752) seats available

Leazes West Corner – 1,442 (1,573) seats available

Milburn Stand – 1,974 (2.470) seats available

By my calculations, that adds up to 8,131 (compared to 9,389 twelve days ago) Newcastle v Southampton tickets still unsold in the normal home areas

Making it only 1,258 sold in these last 12 days.

The crowd was also boosted for last Saturday by Manchester City selling the full 3,200 away fan allocation.

However, Southampton only took 1,600 tickets and their ticketing website shows they still haven’t sold out with a decent number still left on sale.

So with around 2,000 empty seats in the away end to add to the 8,131 still unsold in the home areas, that is over 10,000 unsold Newcastle v Southampton tickets as things stand.

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.

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.

Difficult to see the club besieged with interest in the corporate areas for this game.

Newcastle United’s away games will always appeal but as for home matches under Mike Ashley, absolutely zero indication that those who have decided to stop going, especially the thousands who gave up their season tickets, are willing to return on a regular basis.

So sad to see so many thousands of empty seats but this is what 13 seasons of this owner has brought us to.

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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