Newcastle fans are longing to have a top side again like we had in the five years of the Kevin Keegan era and then with Sir Bobby Robson for another five years.
New manager Rafa Benitez has caught the imagination of the Newcastle fans and maybe that’s because he wanted to come to Newcastle and not even that, but he then rather amazingly agreed to stay on even though we were relegated.
Newcastle fans had wanted Rafa Benitez last summer and then they wanted him in early March when Steve McClaren was finally fired – even though it was far too late.
The confident Rafa Benitez first arriving at Newcastle
And we had been wondering how the season ticket sales would go and whether in the second tier of English football we could even have a sold-out St. James’ Park.
Well it looks like that is possible with news today that Newcastle United supporters have been queuing for season tickets.
SEASON TICKETS: Queues at the Box Office but it's a beautiful day on Tyneside. If you want to buy in person, we're open 'til 5pm. ??????
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) June 6, 2016
We knew there was lot of interest in the season tickets – maybe because we are going to win a lot more games next season than the nine we won last season – and three of those were with Rafa in charge – in the final six games of the season.
Newcastle looked a good side in those last six games and we looked like a top six team.
Benitez had already improved some players – like Vurnon Anita, Moussa Sissoko, Andros Townsend, Jamaal Lascelles – and others.
And the fans implored (begged?) Rafa to stay and build a top side again on Tyneside and it seems they are backing him completely to be successful in doing that by snapping up the season tickets.
Last time we were in the Championship we had an average home attendance of 43,388 beating second place Derby by more than 14,000.
This time around the average home attendance could be over 50,000.
This could only happen at Newcastle and it will make Rafa Benitez more determined than ever to build a top side at Newcastle to reward the fans.
Heaven knows the Newcastle fans deserve something for their loyal support since we last had a successful side back in 2004.
The very good season ticket sales will only help persuade the good players to stay on at the club – and players we are after in the transfer market will likely want to join Newcastle in the summer.
It’s all good news and high attendances at home games will also help in getting those many wins we will need to immediately be promoted back to where we belong – the Premier League.
Howay The Lads!!