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Cambridge fans FA Cup ticket sales for Newcastle United update – Amber Army on the march

4 weeks ago
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Cambridge fans reacted well to the FA Cup Third Round draw.

Their comments (see below) when reacting to drawing Newcastle United away, suggesting that a fair few Cambridge fans could be interested in a trip to Tyneside.

However, whilst there was a lot of talk, have ticket sales matched up to that?

Cambridge are currently sixteenth in League One and their home league crowds this season have fluctuated between 4,019 (v Gillingham) and 7,944 (v Ipswich).

Though only 2,834 turned up two weeks ago as Cambridge fans saw their team beat Exeter 2-1 to reach the third round and a trip to Tyneside.

A big factor in terms of numbers of Cambridge fans potentially travelling, was always going to depend on whether the game was moved for TV. However, the match at St James Park has stayed at the original date and time of 3pm on Saturday 8 January, ideal.

The away club took an initial allocation of 5,000 tickets and put them on sale to season ticket holders on Wednesday 15 December.

By Monday (20 December), the away club confirmed that over 2,500 Cambridge fans had bought tickets.

That day saw them put tickets on general sale and Cambridge then updated on Tuesday morning to say that around 1,500 more tickets had been sold, meaning already over 4,000 Cambridge fans were set to come to St James Park.

A quick look at the official Cambridge United website on Wednesday morning, shows that the away side are swiftly heading towards selling the last remaining tickets of that initial 5,000 allocation.

Rules of the competition say that away sides are entitled to 15% of capacity, so if their club takes up that opportunity, they should get around another 2,500 tickets, taking up their full allocation to around the 7,500 mark. With still 17 days until the match is scheduled to be played, plenty of time to sell more tickets.

Here’s hoping Covid restrictions don’t force this and other matches behind closed doors.

For Newcastle fans, tickets went on general sale online on Monday, with full general sale set to happen (including buying by phone) as from Thursday (23 December – tomorrow).

Tickets currently on sale only in the lower bowl of St James Park, tickets priced £10 and £5 concessions, though prices double if you wait and buy on the day of the match.

This is how Cambridge fans reacted to the third round FA Cup draw via Twitter:

‘Absolute belter of a draw there, Newcastle United away.’

‘Arguably our BIGGEST AWAY GAME since OT in 2015!

Incredible City, Incredible Stadium, Incredible Fans

Fill the stands with our Amber Army!

The Atmosphere will be ELECTRIC

How we love the FA CUP.’

‘Where can visiting fans go for a drink?’

(Newcastle fan) ‘Hi Lads! Good Luck for the game….gentle reminder, in Newcastle we don’t have away pubs! Just find a pub, grab a pint and enjoy the away day.’

(Newcastle fan) ‘Looking forward to seeing you all, we also have the highest amount of pubs close to the ground compared to any other English team.’

‘Isn’t it something daft like 100 pubs more than whoever is in 2nd place?’

‘I’ve done it with the Arsenal – epic away trip. What you gain in proximity to the station and pubs/clubs you lose in terms of that oxygen-required schlep up to the highest away section in British football Bring the binoculars!’

‘It’ll be Sunday lunchtime.’

‘Stick a holiday in now then.’

‘My first match was at home against Newcastle, so this makes me very happy.

I hope Andy Cole won’t be fit for this one because he battered us in 93.’

‘Dreaming of a 3rd Round upset at the richest club in world football!

Incredible Stadium and City- Get up there CUFC Fans!!’

‘Long trip Jesus Christ.’

‘Yeah a long 2h 20m from Peterborough.’

‘Just about the best possible option for me, absolutely brilliant.’

‘It’ll be an experience like no other!!’

‘6,000 tickets.’

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