Most Newcastle fans would have been surprised that the crowd for game against Stoke of 41,915 was really low, considering the lads have been doing quite well so far this season.
Chris Hughton – attendances down at Newcastle – why?
With the game against Arsenal in the 4th round of the Carling Cup coming up,m we would have though that would draw a big crowd to Newcastle, but we’re not too sure about that at the moment.
What is it that is keeping fans away from St. James’ Park – the Cathedral on the Hill?
Geordie fans were hardly pleased with Mike Ashley’s antics in his first two years of his ownership, but since we were relegated the club seems to have done most things quite well, and we would have expected the fury at Mike to have subsided a little bit.
And with Chris Hughton in charge, we are now seeing headlines made by Newcastle because of their play on the field, such as the amazing win against Chelsea last week or the recent signing of 18 year-old French whiz kid Yven Moyo.
So while it may still be true there is some residual anger at Mike Ashley, it probably has gone down a little, and don’t forget the lads had just come off two amazing away wins before Sunday’s game – so what’s going on?
It’s obviously nothing to panic about, and there were reports in the papers yesterday that the Premier League could have its best attendance records ever this season, and mainly because of the return of the Newcastle United club to the league.
St. James’ Park is still bigger in capacity than the stadiums at Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City, to name but three, and therefore the average crowds at Newcastle are still huge in comparison to the vast majority other clubs.
Blackpool fans will think this article is strange indeed, since the capacity at Bloomfield Road has recently been raised to around 16,000.
And it’s not like Newcastle don’t play good football these days, and it was probably the fact Newcastle were going for the win on Sunday after Stoke drew level at 1-1, which was one big reason we ended up losing the game.
And then there’s Hatem Ben Arfa now at the club, who has to be a big draw – a wonderfully skilled player who wanted to come to Newcastle and knows all about the great history of the Tyneside club, before he even arrived.
Forget about the 4-5-1 formation the team plays, because as Chris says every team tends to play that these days, and simply because it’s so easy to change the formation when you are attacking – so that’s not the reason – but far too much is made of it, that’s for sure.
We don’t full understand why the crowds are down this season – any ideas?