In spite of incentives given by Mike Ashley on Saturday, like free booze for those who got in their orders at least 50 minutes before the kick-off the St. James Crowd today was the lowest since the ground was expanded to over 52000, around 11 years ago.
The Newcastle Supporters – some stayed away yesterday
There were also complimentary tickets to schoolchildren and cash entrance money for the first time in years, the match was played before only 47,711.
So there were more than 5,000 empty seats, and given what’s gone on in recent weeks, it seems that has to be a protest, or even some distrust against Newcastle Owner Mike Ashley.
Despite the missing fans, Keegan and his team still managed to grab all 3 points, in what was a difficult game, but all in all the lads got the job done again.
Shay Given is no doubt back to his very best, and he proved how good he is, once again, with a 57th-minute penalty save that was the game’s turning point.
The penalty was placed to Given’s left but the goalkeeper was down like a flash to save at full stretch – and then he managed to boot the ball clear as Nolan tried to put the ball in the net at the second attempt.
Michael Owen finally did what he has done his football life, and score another vital goal, that he made look easy.
After the game Kevin said:
“I don’t think he did his case any harm today,” “I think we’ll keep him. I don’t want to labor the point. I’ve said my piece.”
“I think we’re very close but I’ll know more then.” “The agreement has to be right for both parties but I know he wants to stay.”
“’He has a one-in-two goals per game ratio for Newcastle and probably for England as well. That says it all.”
We hope we can sign Michael Owen to a long term contract, but their will be shudders in the boardroom at Newcastle with this attendance – or if there isn’t – there should be.
Losing their fan base is the very last thing Newcastle United Football Club want to even think about.