There will be at least 2,600 Newcastle fans tonight in the away sections of the Jan Breydel Stadium – and many more fans have traveled to Belgium but don’t have tickets (yet).
Newcastle fans – estimate of 5,000 fans have traveled to Belgium
There were not many tickets available in the previous away games in Europe this season, but fans have traveled in numbers to Belgium, and will also be at Bordeaux, when we play the French side away on Thursday, 6th December.
It’s estimated that over 5,000 fans have traveled to Belgium, and there had been warnings that fans without tickets would be arrested near the ground (why?), but since that announcement was made by Brugge police, it’s been retracted – but as usual our fans are representing the club, and will have to be well behaved.
Alan Pardew talked about the fans today:
“We know what our fans are like. When we take anything over 600, they start sounding like a whole stadium, so I am sure we will have very vocal support tomorrow.”
“Tickets are at a premium – we can’t get tickets for everyone we want. It’s brilliant that they have come and followed us. We are absolutely delighted.”
“I hope they conduct themselves in and around the city in the right manner – that’s important too because we have got fantastic supporters.”
It will be a difficult game tonight, because Club Brugge showed they were a good side when we only beat them 1-0 at St. James’ Park, and the players may have something to prove after the sacking of their manager George Leekens last weekend.
What do you think?
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