Season Ticket Demand And Sales So Surprising


It looks like the Rafa effect at Newcastle is having its impact on season ticket sales, with the sales of season tickets the quickest and highest they have been for several years, according to Stephen Tickle, the  box office manager at Newcastle United,

And the club have just announced season tickets in the 8,200-capacity Family Area at St. James’ Park have sold out following a busy day of sales yesterday.

And this is for the Championship!

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This is what Stephen Tickle has said today:

“It’s been several years since we’ve seen sales at the high level we had yesterday. Our phone lines and website are running at capacity and the box office has been working overtime to service demand.”

“On behalf of our box office team, I’d like to thank supporters for their patience. We’ll continue to work hard as hard as we can to make the process as quick and convenient as possible.”

Hopefully this is the start of a new and successful era at Newcastle and everybody associated with the club can get behind Rafa, the coaches and the players for a very successful first full season under Benitez.

In short that means an automatic promotion back to the Premier League.

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Howay The Lads!!



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114 comments so far

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 7, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #1

    Our Toon – was watching a compilation video yesterday about Benny – strangely a compilation from the Star Newspaper. Whilst some of it was repetitive I was gobsmacked by his skills – and repeatedly thought how the hell did he do that.
    I do not usually watch compilations but this one is worth a look – if not for the fact to show folk what a natural footballer is and what we are missing.
    Wish we still had him.

    http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/520393/Hatem-Ben-Arfa-Nice-Ligue-1-best-bits-compilation-skills-France-national-team

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 7, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #2

    My final word re sissoko. I dont have a go at all players having ambition. I do have a go at players who wh0re themselves out in EVERY WINDOW to clubs in the UCL, whilst doing nothing special to earn such a move. Sossoko is masively guilty of this. Had he shown even the slightest effort in more than just 1 in 5 games (at best), maybe he would still be part of a prem squad, and more appealing to potential buyers, and more respectable in our eyes.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 7, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #3

    To me it screams that Benny has spoken to a sports psychologist. His attitude seems much much better (it stunk before, during and after his spell at nufc). His current manager must also be helping ( pardew and bruce who had no idea how to cope with his strop, but his previous manager/s also failed). His biggest enemy was ultimately himself, and good for him he has seen the light and got himself sorted.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 7, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #4

    Nice to see ST sales going like hot cakes. If it carries on like this some people might be disappointed – just hope those who had them renewed on time. The average crowd record for the second tier is 50k, but that was before all seaters came in. I know we hold the top three crowds in the new format, with 52k+ in all three. Be nice to break the all time attendance record though, currently held by manure.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 7, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #5

    Bobby

    But isn’t OT a bigger ground? We surely cant hope to top thier attendance.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 7, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #6

    See that lass Eva Carneiro has now settled her dispute with Chelsea – out of court – must be more that the £1.2 million previously rejected.
    Chelsea obviously do not want bad PR and details of sex discrimination being made public.

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  • Average_Contents

    Jun 7, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #7

    I’ve got that wallet. Tatty now like but it was for my 30th lol.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 7, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #8

    YCMIU, manure averaged 50k in the 70’s, despite having a bigger ground. If we get 50100 for every home game, up to 52k, then our average over the season will be greater.

    That skills compilation vid of Ben Arfa is well worth a watch. Imagine him in the Championship? Scary. Can’t get in the French side though – thank god! His close control is phenomenal. Totally different attitude as well than when he was under Pardew. I’d have him back tomorrow.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 7, 2016 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #9

    Those wallets are still on sale. I got one last season when my older one fell to bits! 😉

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 7, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #10

    Sissoko can kiss my arse, moaning all season, you can go if you want, infact go to Arsenal and rot on the bench because you will never make the first team, so go ahead leave Newcastle and be another player on the list that’s left us and done sweet fa afterwards.

    Hate players like that, to play in the champions league you have got to earn it and you haven’t.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 7, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #11

    Bobbybee – that compilation. To see Benny running at defenders and leaving them in his wake could be in any league -PL included.
    His trick of dragging back the ball and immediately letting it bounce of the foot dragging back to go in the opposite direction is a treat to watch.
    There’s another video of him doing it at SJP a few years ago before a game – I think with Abeid.
    He probably has a better life now living in the south of France.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 7, 2016 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #12

    Welsh…… Would you have him in the Welsh team?

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 7, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #13

    Welsh, has he ever stopped agitating for a move? He’s totally deluded if he thinks he’s CL quality, because I ain’t seen evidence that he is. Need him out quickly, before he stinks the dressing room out. Can’t see the rest of the squad wanting him there now either, not those committed to getting us straight back up.

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  • Our Toon

    Jun 7, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #14

    Mister Tuff

    That compilation was something else mate…..wow, to think we had that player here. Those pointing out it was in France etc, let’s not forget the goals he scored here against Blackburn and Bolton.

    I think having a year away from football did Arfa a lot of good, he’s obviously went away and worked at his game but the interesting thing about watching Nice last season was that hba played mainly in the hole and wasn’t asked to track back but occupy a position when the team lost the ball, pardew messed the lad around here but he’s gone up a level since being here. Good luck to him

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 7, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #15

    Betty

    I wouldn’t put him in the Wales reserves nevermind the 1st team.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 7, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #16

    Mr tuff, i’d pay double my ST price to watch that sort of entertainment 😉 Defenders know if they try and stop him they’ll foul him. When you have a player like that, you don’t ask him to defend because he can’t! You allow him to do what he does best and forgive other shortcomings. Poetry in motion.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 7, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #17

    Bobby

    Totally agree, if he stays he will disrupt the team there’s no doubt that.

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  • Our Toon

    Jun 7, 2016 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #18

    Mike Ashley staying disrupts the team, not sissoko

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 7, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #19

    There is still a difference in benny, though. If he lost the ball here,he would just wander around. But i have seen the odd clip of him lately, not tracking back, but at least not making it simple for defenders to clear. I believe it’s called “defending from the front” and even messi does that. Pardew did nowt to help the lad, but i still maintain his attitude already sucked before he got here. And again, fair play to him for turning it around.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 7, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #20

    Mike Ashley has nothing to do with the team. There’s plenty to blame him for without inventing others! 😉

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 7, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #21

    Yup taxi for Sissoko, lots of huffing and ouffing with no end product and only ever tries hard near a transfer window. Very inconsistent and a terrible finisher. A powerhouse of a player that only plays to half of his potential in every game. Fck off to Arsenal and rot there you twat.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 7, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #22

    As long as Townsend stays i don’t care what happens to some of the others, he is our key player this season to go back up. Would add mitrovic to that, he could easily score 20 plus this season as long as he sort his temper out.

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  • Our Toon

    Jun 7, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #23

    Bobby

    Mike Ashley has nothing to do with the team? Really?

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 7, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #24

    Of course sissoko would be disrupting the team, cabaye was the same.

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  • Our Toon

    Jun 7, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #25

    YCMIU

    Yeah agree on that with Benny, the biggest thing about his most recent spell is that he’s not babysitting the fullback anymore, no longer deep in his own half

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 7, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #26

    Welsh

    Mitro needs to keep his head in front of goal, but i agree he could get a hat full this season.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 7, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #27

    Attitude Schmattitude hba was in a crap team well below his standard and managed by a clueless clodhopper. We had him, he went. Never mind.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 7, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #28

    Our Toon

    I didn’t know Ashley wants to leave to play champions league football, maybe there will be some transfer rumours this summer.

    Chelsea in talks with Newcastle forward Mike Ashley for £15 million.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 7, 2016 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #29

    YCMIU, when you have a player like hatem in the side, you have to give and take. You literally need to build the rest of the team with his defensive shortcomings in mind. Pardew didn’t. That affected benny’s performances because he doesn’t defend well, ended up sulking. We knew what benny was before we got him – a luxury player – and the rest of the team should’ve been set up to cover his defensive failures. Just let him do what he does and if it isn’t working for whatever reason, you sub him – but start him again next time. There is a price to pay for that sort of brilliance, but imo its worth it.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 7, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #30

    it’s amazing how cost effective a gold standard manager can be when brought in at the right time, the cusp of almost certain relegation. Much more effective for ST sales than a fat owner talking chuff on a five minute video. I do hope the kids in the Family Section won’t be crying to go to the swing park instead of the game if results don’t storm along as envisaged by many.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 7, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #31

    Our toon

    Yep. Wrong tactics. Benny on either side of a 433 worked, but pardew hardly used it. Playing him as a winger, and as you say, fb babysitter, was a waste.

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 7, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #32

    And to add to that it’s incredible how the Geordie faithful can be easily seduced to cough up and watch championship. Football for a second time in 6 years!

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 7, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #33

    Yes, really. He’s never there except the games he attends. How does the man who’s paying players more than they’re worth affect them detrimentally?

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 7, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #34

    Bobby

    Yes, i agree with most of that, but a luxury player still has to adapt to the league he is in. I never expected him to be a workhorse, but like I say, a bit of defending from the front (just getting in the CBs face is enough) was not too much to ask. He sulked a little too easily. He was still used incorrectly, so i do partially understand, but not to the level it went to.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jun 7, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #35

    This may sound strange tsunki, but we’d support the team in the conference league. It’s what we do.

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  • Our Toon

    Jun 7, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #36

    Welsh

    Really Chelsea want Ashley for 15m, send him packing mate. I could be nasty to you and ask belittle the I support 2 teams policy you have but won’t.

    Selling a player mid-season like cabaye doesn’t have an affect on the team? Not buying a single player for an entire season has no affect on the team or player? Appointing Joe kinnear, Dennis wise, pardew etc etc has no affect on the team? Sacking Chris Houghton who did so well has no affect on the team? Coming out and saying we don’t want cup runs or play in Europe as it will get us relegated has no affect on the team?

    I could go on mate, barely scratched the surface with all this. You must be deluded to think an owner has no affect on the team or morale, he got rid of those strong minded players who had a voice in the changing room and replaced them with the type of ambassadors he wanted with the likes of Colo.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jun 7, 2016 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #37

    And I’d be there beside you Bobby, in Dagenham!

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  • Yo-yo

    Jun 7, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #38

    If Sissoko’s ability came anywhere near his inflated opinion of himself as a footballer we’d be able to cash in big time. If he was that good Gooners would have been after him relentlessly but he’s an also ran in a side like that and would be very much second string.
    He’s just another in a long line of players who have moved off the pitch and on to a bench because their self worth doesn’t match their real value.
    Let him go – even better treat his comments as a request to go on the transfer list. He is no use to us.

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  • Yo-yo

    Jun 7, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #39

    or put him on one of big Mike’s zero hours contracts

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  • carl

    Jun 7, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #40

    Bobby/ Welsh
    Just what did we miss!!

    Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko wants nothing to do with the Championship. “I gave everything there for three-and-a-half years,” he honked. “I hope that today Newcastle will be smart enough to understand that to continue my development I need to keep playing at the highest level.”

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