Can Newcastle Entice The Fans Back To St. James’ Park?

Time will tell if Newcastle will be able to attract some of their missing supporters back  to St. James’ Park  this season.

Leon Best – scoring at Aston Villa

In the three home league games so far this season the average attendance has been 45,271 which is about 7,000 short of capacity, and while we expect a good crowd for Sunday’s game with Tottenham Hotspur, it may not be a  sell-out.

Leon Best is all ready to go on Sunday, having had a good rest over the International break, and he was asked whether he thought the fans would be attracted back to St. James’ Park:

“I think there could be.” “The fans can see what we are doing at the moment.” “Some fans weren’t happy about a striker and other players not being brought in.”

“Regardless of that, we are still winning.” “People talk about the players we’ve lost or those who haven’t come in. But we are pulling off an unexpected story at the minute – and it’s not through luck.”

“We are enjoying every minute of being in the top four, and obviously we want to continue it.” “The manager always says to us, set yourself up for the next game – and we did it at Wolves,”

“It’s perfectly poised against Spurs.” “We can go in with confidence against Tottenham at home.” “We have the 12th man with us and I can’t wait for the next game.”

Certainly if Newcastle keep piling up those points in the Premier League, and keep playing the attractive football Alan Pardew has the side playing at the moment, it’s almost a certainty the fans will return.

Of course Mike Ashley the owner, is still unpopular on Tyneside, and there is no communication between Mike and Managing Director Derek Llambias with the fans at all, which is quite honestly – pitiful.

But Newcastle were very successful in the promotion season, when the fans backed the manager and the players, and tried to forget about Mike Ashley, and if  the fans can do the same thing this season, there’s no reason at all why Newcastle cannot shock us all by finishing high up in the Premier League.

We hope Newcastle will shock us by finishing high up in the Premier League.

Of course “high up” is a generic term, but we think top eight is possible and even top six at a push, and Europa Cup qualification for next season would be just tremendous.

Fulham achieved that last season when they finished 8th, but qualified for the Europa Cup through being the top team in the Fair Play table not yet qualified for any European competition.

Newcastle qualified for Europe back in 2006 under Glenn Roeder, when they finished in 7th position in the Premier League, but of course when you qualify at the lower levels it means playing early qualifying games in July.

But we’ll take that if it means getting back into Europe.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

34 comments so far

  • Toon_Jock

    Oct 12, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #1

    Hopefully we’ll at least take 1 point out of this weekends game.

    Reckon ManUre and City will win in their games which will also help us out… fingers crossed Chelsea make a mess of their game too (but highly unlikely)

    Can’t wait for Sunday, travelling all the way up from sunny London to see the lads – lets make it a sell out people!!!


  • boater

    Oct 12, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #2

    Liverpool and Villa have the manchester teams this weekend, so any points could put a tiny bit of daylight between us and 5th.

    Winnable home game against wigan next week – followed by two tricky fixtures- stoke away, everton at home, hard to call those.

    Then it’s the backs to the wall united/city/chelsea in a row, hopefully a draw or two there,, at least avoid demoralising batterings..

    So aye spurs is a big game.

  • Toon_Jock

    Oct 12, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #3

    Also, hopefully Adebayor will not play – the lad has hit the ground running for Spuds

    Real pity we could not of got him on loan, can imagine hims slotting into our current team very nicely 🙂

  • Ollieh51

    Oct 12, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #4

    Interesting fixture this…

    IMO, the 1st real test for us this season with regards to a comparable competitor in Spurs.

    We’ve dealt with the teams that will be floating around where we’re looking to finish this season.

    Both in form teams.

    Will take a draw against them, Santon to come in after half time to stop the rape of Raylor by Bale!

  • FoxtrotOscar

    Oct 12, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #5

    “no communication between Mike and Managing Director Derek Llambias with the fans at all, which is quite honestly – pitiful.

    True untill yesterday evining, I was guest at the Corperate open night at SJP hosted by DL and supported by all of his non playing Management staff.
    Nothing new came out of the open discussions but what did come across strongly was a new wave of togetherness which has been missing for the last 10 years. Also good to see Bob Moncure becoming part of the new PR seen.
    I think more openess to follow.

  • colwell

    Oct 12, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Just read the reserves won 3-1 today Abeid scored twice one was top corner from 30 yards the other from 25 yards waiting for the highlights to come up.

  • BeeGuy

    Oct 12, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #7

    I think SJP would sell-out if the economies of Europe & North America were not so rotten.

    When the haves are contributing their fair share in the jobs they are supposed to create and the taxes associated with their income, perhaps a ticket to see Newcastle will be one hard to find.

  • Ollieh51

    Oct 12, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Colwell – Will you be able to post them? Hardly every get to see the goals from these games…?

  • LewSpi

    Oct 12, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #9

    I am quite unsure of our chances in this game, looking at it from a realistic perspective. It is well known that Spurs best positions are out wide (Bale and Lennon), coupled with our worst positions at the minute being out wide. Our centre is solid, but I think if Raylor plays left back, there is no chance he can keep up with Lennon. I think we might be seeing Santon at half time.

  • colwell

    Oct 12, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #10


    The goals havent come up on yet but have tried before theres something in it that won`t let us post them.

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 12, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #11

    Adebayor is only rated 50/50 for weekend game so hes basically 100% fit 🙂 im actually excited about the game would like to see Santon start though, gutted a need t sell me season ticket for the game cos of work but well hopefully nice 3 points without me 🙂

  • Dannyo

    Oct 12, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #12

    Where did u read about the reserve match? nothing on about it.

  • Dannyo

    Oct 12, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #13

    And it says that the next match is October 18th, the last was October 4th…

  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 12, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #14

    Santon must start LB. Simple as that. If Adebayor is out 3-1 NUFC – Cabaye (pen), Ba and Saylor!


    Oct 12, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #15

    Full house I reckon – my original plans were to work in Falmouth all that weekend. Will travel back home Saturday night ,watch the game at SJP then travel back to Falmouth after the game. Should be a really entertaining match. Lets not worry about them – get at them early (Tiote/Cabaye/HBA) to excell.
    Keep the Faith

  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 12, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #16

    I dont think that AP will change the team, same as the Wolves match I am thinking!!!! Alot of people talking about if it isnt broken, dont fix it and why change as we are doing so well!!!! I would definitely throw Santon in for Raylor, keep Simpson at right back to chase Bale and possibly drop Best for HBA. Thoughts???

  • colwell

    Oct 12, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #17


    It came up on nufc official twitter account mate, it was a behind doors match against York.

  • davybtoon

    Oct 12, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #18

    anyone know who the trialist was playing at right back for the reserves today also see goalkeeping coach andy woodmans son played the second half in goal only 14 must of signed him up in the summer

  • colwell

    Oct 12, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #19


    It is on the site mate

  • colwell

    Oct 12, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #20


    Don`t know who it was although his family must be pretty big we seem too have had a lot of a.trialists playing for us the last few months lol

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Oct 12, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #21

    imo the big test for us was beating fulham and blackburn at home teams we havent beat for a while at home we have a good record against spuds and im confident we will get the win


  • jwheelie12

    Oct 12, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #22

    one of the reasons why we havent been selling out is because the box office are really picky now.

    You cant buy student tickets online, and you can only buy student tickets with your student id, one per ticket now.

    This may sound fair enough, but how do students travelling from more than half an hour away get a ticket if they dont have time to go to the box office?

  • giimps

    Oct 12, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #23

    Another reason is the 5000 allocated away tickets which have been set aside in case the away fans want them, then when they dont, upwards of 3000 are sold in the last 2 days before the game.
    When the likes of Fulham and Blackburn only bring 500 – 1200 fans were stuck trying to sell 4-5000 tickets in 2 days.
    Poor organisation in my view, but even if they were on sale for weeks prior, they still may not be sold where they are.
    If it was me, i would allocate a maximum of 2000 to away fans and sell the rest as family enclosure tickets, they would be cheaper but would be full every game and Cashley would be able to flog more pies and bovril.


    Oct 12, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #24

    There is a group of supporters who have sworn never to set foot in SJP while Ashley and Llambias are still running the club! But even taking that into account, the ground should be filled to capacity every week!

    If we carry on winning for the next few fixtures, then some of the doubters will realise what their missing and start attending in spite of the plonkers at the helm.

    Sunday: Santon on from the start, and HBA too!


  • stevep

    Oct 12, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #25

    Think you’ll find that attendances in the prem are down in general.
    These are hard times for a lot of people and we only averaged 47,000 last season (currently averaging 45,000)

  • Expat MAG

    Oct 12, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #26

    I arrive back in toon from Kaz just after noon on Sunday and after dropping off the case back home will head for a few beers before the game. It won’t be easy an easy game, especially if Adebayor plays, but a home win is possible, minimum one point will suffice….

    Would like to see Santon and HBA start but think Pardue will select the same starting eleven…..


  • dmac

    Oct 12, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #27

    There are so many people that have been blinded by there hatred towards MA and DL that they have forgot that they should still be supporting the team.

    A good example of this is the neggars that used to post on here. Instead of coming on and admitting that they may have made rash idiotic decisions too quickly and judged the team, if they returned to supporting rather than slating the club then there would be higher attendances. Obviously the current financial state of the country will effect all clubs but i cant help but feel there silence is part of a small group of stubborn fans.

  • Graeme

    Oct 12, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #28

    Was expecting to be there on Sunday but now have a meeting with Consultant over my company’s new 40 million contract in Nigeria on Saturday.

    Sorry guys, but business is business but still pissed I wont make it.

    Toon will win this game; would love to see Santon start as he offers skill, pace and can turn defence into attack with one move. This kid is the dogs danglies, the mutt’s nuts!!

  • Chaz

    Oct 12, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #29

    The club have just launched a ‘bulk buy’ discount ticket deal for schools so they are clearly exploring ways to shift a few more seats! The great unwashed have had to do this for years! I can remember THEM offering me FREE tickets for bringing kids from school along and that was whilst they were still at Joker Park! Drop prices Mike. You know the score. Stack ’em high, sell ’em cheap!

  • solano

    Oct 12, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #30

    Yip, Dmac…I’m one of those I think you are referring to though I’m not blinded either to the fabulous start we have enjoyed nor the crap upper management we have….there is nothing “idiotic” in my decision not to attend anymore, nor was it a rash knee-jerk decision – I attended games for 30years….however, I feel you may be blinded by our fab start and feel like everything is rosy in the garden under Ashley and Co…..the truth is the matchday “experience” had been deteriorating for years but the cherry on the top was the utter disdain MA and LLambias have shown towards the fans for a number of years now (level 7 fiasco is just the latest episode). The “lads” you claim we should be handing over our hard-earned to watch and support are the very same players who when they move on for patures new are pre-dominantly called Judas’ by you so called “possers”. You want your cake and to eat it!
    The solution that I see to attract the missing fans back isn’t cheaper tickets, but a committment from above to stop lying, to invest in our future and back the manager that has performed a minor miracle so far this season after being let down by his employers since taking over. The main gripe that I have is a total lack of ambition from the higher eschelons of the club. No matter how well the 1st team perform, there is a doubt that come the next transfer window the urge to profiteer and cash in on our greatest assets will take precedence over spending a little and “kicking on ” to make real progress. Last January we had the opportunity to do just that but decided to sell and gamble on survival.
    7 games into this season, we are flying but with a long way to go, the least the manger (and the fans) deserve is for the board, just once, to back the manager during a transfer window and show ambition in wanting to build instead of cash in. The fans (attending or staying away) have nothing to prove…Ashley and Delboy have everything to prove.

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Oct 13, 2011 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #31

    newcastle have gotta win this super sunday,its days like this that justify me paying 72 quid a month to sky ,i cant wait,and we get to watch the mackems trounced b4 the game . so pardew for me has to go with an unchanged back four there doing well records dont lie so why change it,i would drop best n obertan just for this game after all its a squad id put benarfa in for best and santon for obertan think it will create a real buzz at saint james n will lift everyone ,the twelth man can do wonders so i say lets make sjp the noicest club on the planet ,it has a massive effect on the home side and the away team find it diffucult ,the referee darent give a decision against us because he knows 50000 geordies are gonna tell him hes wrong if he makes 1 bad decision to the players ,i hope yous read these blogs .go out there as if that game against the suds is your last fight to the bitter end and thats all us fans can ask

  • Sav

    Oct 13, 2011 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #32

    We’re unlikely to see Santon in this one unless we are getting hammered – or, at least, unless Raylor is getting hammered. I’m more worried about Obertan although he is quick which will help against Spurs. But last week against Wolves he was hopeless.

  • PlasticGeordie101

    Oct 13, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #33



  • solano

    Oct 13, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #34

    Plastic…..I’m still here with my insightful analysis…glad to see you are….prick!


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