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Leeds fans help out Mike Ashley ahead of Newcastle United match at St James Park

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Leeds fans travel to St James Park for a Premier League match against Newcastle United for the first time in almost 18 years.

It was 7 January 2004 the last time Leeds fans were inside St James Park for a Premier League clash, that day Alan Shearer scoring the only goal of the game on four minutes.

Alan Shearer of course loving playing against them, Leeds the Premier League side who he scored the most goals against in his career.

In January (2021), Leeds did travel to play Newcastle in the Premier League, but no fans allowed to journey north due to the behind closed doors restrictions at the time.

So Friday 17 September will see Leeds fans back watching their team in Premier League action against Newcastle at St James Park with an 8pm kick-off, the game live on Sky Sports.

Welcome news for Mike Ashley today (31 August 2021) after seeing over 8,000 empty seats at St James Park on Saturday, a crowd of only 44,017 for the Southampton match.

As the Elland Road club have confirmed that they have taken the full 3,200 ticket allocation for Leeds fans, an allocation that will definitely sell out.

West Ham took a slightly reduced 3,000 ticket allocation and sold them all (included in a total 50,673 attendance) for the opening game of the season, though Southampton took just over 1,700 tickets and only sold 950 for the weekend’s match.

Interesting to see what kind of attendance Mike Ashley does get with the help of Leeds fans, as still more than 10,000 Newcastle United season tickets remain unsold.

With seemingly little chance of positive news on transfer deadline day and a daunting visit for Ronaldo’s second home debut at Old Trafford to come in the meantime, there appears little chance of a better mood over Tyneside.

Newcastle fans, whether they are still going to matches or not, simply fed up with the way Mike Ashley runs the club and employs stooges such as Lee Charnley and Steve Bruce to anger supporters even further.

Back in the day Newcastle and Leeds had plenty of rivalry, often the closest away fixture for NUFC fans with Sunderland often outside the top tier. However, that rivalry missing a generation and whilst it is still an attractive fixture due to Bielsa’s attacking style, fans can choose to stay at home or in the pub to watch on Sky.

This is how the August, September and October NUFC 2021 Premier League schedule now looks:

Sunday 15 August 2pm – Newcastle 2 West Ham 4

Saturday 21 August 3pm – Aston Villa 2 Newcastle 0

Saturday 28 August 3pm – Newcastle 2 Southampton 2

Saturday 11 September 3pm – Man Utd away

Friday 17 September 8pm – Leeds home (Sky Sports)

Saturday 25 September 3pm – Watford away

Saturday 2 October 3pm – Wolves away

Sunday 17 October 4.30pm – Spurs home (Sky Sports)

Saturday 23 October 3pm – Crystal Palace away

Saturday 30 October 3pm – Chelsea home

The next scheduled announcement for the next set of Newcastle United Live TV matches is Thursday 16 September, when the live TV choices for November 2021 are set to be announced.

Premier League Official Announcement:

‘Fixtures are amended throughout the season for several reasons, including live TV broadcast selections and to accommodate domestic and European cup competitions.

For this reason, Premier League fixtures are always advertised as being subject to change.

Below are the approximate dates for when the announcements on matches that have been selected for live TV broadcast will be made.

Period of matches (Provisional date of announcement)

September 2021 (5 July 2021)

October 2021 (6 August 2021)

November 2021 (16 September 2021)

December 2021 and January 2022 (11 October 2021)

February 2022 (14 December 2021)

March 2022 (24 January 2022)

April 2022 (21 February 2022)

May 2022 (4 April 2022)

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