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St James Park to be sold out for first time in 29 months – New Newcastle United owners first match

1 week ago
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The new owners of Newcastle United are going to be greeted by a sold out St James Park.

At 3pm on Thursday 7 October 2021, the official Newcastle United ticketing site was showing only 106 seats left for sale.

The match in question is Newcastle v Tottenham, a 4.30pm kick-off at St James Park on Sunday 17 October.

Sky Sports may have been caught out and missed the chance to screen live Ronaldo’s (second) Man Utd debut when Manchester United played Newcastle United in September.

However, they have hit lucky this time with the scoop of a lifetime, Newcastle United fans celebrating the departure of Mike Ashley and welcoming in new ambitious owners.

The 52,000+ crowd hoping against hope that there might just be a result and performance on the pitch, that comes close to matching the occasion off it.

What is quite remarkable, is that this will be the first time St James Park has been sold out in 29 months!

The last ever game when all 52,000+ seats were sold, was on 4 May 2019, when a packed St James Park watched a brilliant match, Newcastle 2 Liverpool 3, United so unlucky to lose in what would prove to be Rafa Benitez’ final home match.

With Steve Bruce reportedly set to be sacked by the new owners once the takeover is confirmed, it will mean in his entire time working for Mike Ashley, St James Park was never sold out completely.

The closest it came was when 51,198 paying fans were inside St James Park on 6 October 2019, to watch Newcastle United 1 Man Utd 0, Matty Longstaff with the only goal of the game.

In a two month period from 28 December 2019 to the end of February 2020, we did see a full St James Park. However, with 20% of the crowd (10,000) handed free season tickets to fill the thousands of empty seats generated by Mike Ashley, you can hardly describe it as a ‘sold out’ St James Park…

A stark contrast to the 2016/17 season, when even just with the hope generated by Rafa Benitez agreeing to stay on, St James Park saw an incredible average attendance of 51,106 across 23 Championship matches, including 11 crowds of 52,000+.

Altogether, 1,175,442 fans filled St James Park in that Championship season, a higher total than watched any other English club that league season (four more home games in second tier than Premier League), apart from Manchester United.

As a bit of background, that 2016/17 season in the Championship when Newcastle United averaged 51,106 at St James Park, Wolves averaged 21,570, Leeds 27,698 and Aston Villa 32,107.

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