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Season Tickets Being Snapped Up – First Home Game A Sellout

9:22 am, Thursday, June 30th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 60 Comments

The signing of Matz Sels yesterday for around £5M with the expected signing of Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle for £10M today and Bournemouth’ midfielder Matt Richie for £12M maybe tomorrow – has caused season ticket sales to soar again on Tyneside, according to a report in the Chronicle this morning.

That’s an outlay of £27M on three players in possibly three days – and it shows the real intent of Rafa Benitez and Newcastle to build a strong team for next season.

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Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez
Working together closely to get the job done at Newcastle

Newcastle are expected to get £13M for Andros Townsend when he moves to Crystal Palace, although there are some rumors – probably unfounded – that he wants to stay on Tyneside.

And tomorrow the £7.3M deal to take Remy Cabella to Marseille will be officially transacted as the transfer window officially opens up for the summer.

So our total net outlay will be only around £7M so far this summer.

Our first home game of the Championship season is on Saturday, August 14th at St. James’ Park against Huddersfield Town and it is now expected to be a sell-out with over 52,000 in attendance.

That game will not be televised live on TV, unlike our first game at Fulham on 6th August.

Dwight Gayle is reported to have passed his medical yesterday and then was seen having a tour of St James’ Park with his representatives with the deal due to be announced this morning once all the loose ends are tied up – so to speak.

The arrival of Gayle, goalkeeper Matz Sels and potentially Matt Ritchie – due in Newcastle today for his medical – has resulted in another boost in season ticket sales at St James’ Park.

There is big momentum and belief growing on Tyneside that we will be able to get back at the first attempt to the Premier League next May.

And Rafa Benitez’ ambitions for the future of Newcastle United seem to be sky-high.

This all sounds good to us – sounds very very good to us.

At last!

Comments welcome.

Tags: Attendance · Championship · Financial Fair Play · Financials · Newcastle News · Other News · Pre-season · Premier League

60 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 30, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    This is going back to the days of Robson and Keegan in that it was impossible for me to get a decent ticket!

    Under Pardew and Carver you could get any seat in the house!!

    Will try to cross the border for a game or 2 this season quite fancy the Ipswich game in November reckon we will be on form to blow them away by then!

  • 2 geordie157 // Jun 30, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    Couple of stories doing the rounds about wijnaldum to Roma for 17mill.

  • 3 geordie157 // Jun 30, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Can Rafa influence the away ticket policy, as in if you are not a season ticket holder you have to be a member which I’m fine with but you can only purchase one ticket.

    That pre season pitch invasion vs Darlington was a long time ago now!

  • 4 martoon // Jun 30, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    I’m on the 10 year plan and I’ve still not heard how they are going to adjust the DD payments to allow for the 10% reduction. I’ve got a feeling I’ll just have check the next payment and work it out myself!
    I bet Ashley is kicking himself reducing the ST prices – I think they still would have sold without the reduction.

  • 5 Spoof // Jun 30, 2016 at 9:38 AM


    I doubt that a change in policy would make much difference bearing in mind that we are the team that everyone wants to see, away tickets will be minimal because most clubs could sell out with their own fans when we are in town such is the demand for all fans to see us.

  • 6 Jib // Jun 30, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Martoon you get one of these from SD – instead of 10%

  • 7 jayphoto // Jun 30, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Can you only purchase 1 ticket with a membership? Just got mine but I didn’t realise that

  • 8 Jib // Jun 30, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    Just one away ticket
    Not just one ST

  • 9 Spoof // Jun 30, 2016 at 9:47 AM


    Why just one ticket, Billy no mates lol

  • 10 martoon // Jun 30, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Jib @6 – Do you get the outfit or the girl? 🙂

  • 11 clinath@ed // Jun 30, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    I’ve been wondering about the rumours of AT going to Palace. Wonder if we’ve all got it wrong and it’s speculation arrising from the two clubs talking over the DG transfer. What do you think….?

  • 12 Jail for Ashley // Jun 30, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Gayle needs to improve his one in three strike rate and hopefully under Rafas guidance and good players around him he will.
    I’m considered a footy know nowt by the fountain of knowledge Jib,yet we have posters on here complaining that we’re not buying top internationals and others saying we don’t need to buy anyone at all. The same posters that called me a “neggar” for speaking out as Ashley tried his best to relegate us are now moaning as we’re starting to look like a club again

  • 13 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 30, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    For fcuks sake, Ed! Did you go and pack Townsends bags!?!?!

    How come the rumours of him wanting to stay are unfounded, but the ones of him leaving are nailed on fact??? I am not saying he will stay, but have some positivity for once!

  • 14 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 30, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    @Jail For Ashley

    Yeah I am looking forward to having players who give 100% and dont give up!Hopefully from now on we wont see us getting smacked by 4 or 5 goals away from home!

  • 15 hibbitt // Jun 30, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    in my mind the back 4 is still the problem area
    hope Rafa gets it sorted soon

  • 16 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 30, 2016 at 10:00 AM


    Aye, I think that is a distinct possibility. If AT foes want to go, he could easily do better than Palace. Certainly worthy of a team in the top ten.

  • 17 Jib // Jun 30, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Jail for Ashley
    “I’m considered a footy know nowt by the fountain of knowledge Jib”
    But it doesn’t make you a bad person

  • 18 lesh // Jun 30, 2016 at 10:07 AM


    Cross the border? You’d better do that sooner rather than later while your passport’ll be accepted!

  • 19 expatmag // Jun 30, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    Peopke are panicing about Townsend as though he were Messi….for crying out aloud.

    Decent player but no world beater and if we sign Ritchie, adequately replaced.

    This transfer window is not the most crucual in my opinion. The next two are more impirtant assuming we gain promotion

  • 20 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 30, 2016 at 10:12 AM


    Ha ha aye pretty sure they are already resurrecting a wall at the borders to stop us Scots coming into England 🙂

  • 21 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 30, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    If we could just keep Townsend him and Richie could destroy teams !

    Would also give us width on each side so opening up the pitch in the middle for the likes of Perez, Shelvey and De Jong to operate effectively who all need time on the ball and movement ahead of them to be really effective

  • 22 SPRINGY // Jun 30, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    with questions being asked about the back 4 and a few earlier about def/mid….im assuming lascelles will be one of the cb’s….would pushing mbemba into the def/mid position and then bring in a cb to play with lascelles and a young cb as cover be worth thinking about?….dont know whats happening at right back tbh but i expect dummett to be the left back….your thoughts?

  • 23 Jib // Jun 30, 2016 at 10:17 AM

    I see Nicola Krank…. sorry Sturgeon got the cold shoulder in Brussels yesterday.
    They were very gallant and polite but she got the brush-off big style.

  • 24 hibbitt // Jun 30, 2016 at 10:19 AM


    this is by far the the most important window if Rafa gets it wrong and we don’t go up at the first attempt it would be catastrophic for the club the fans and the city

    buying players in the prem for a prem cub will be a lot easier for Rafa

  • 25 j.tudor // Jun 30, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    Still no defense improving players coming in you win games with a solid defence score lots but concede more is not what I want to see

  • 26 Al Yalayis Lad // Jun 30, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Does anybody have any real intel on SDJ?

    I would like to see him get a chance, you can never judge a player unless he has played 4 or 5 games off the trot. last season we had a min run in the 3 games he started, then he was dropped and sicknoted.

    I like him, brings stability to the middle of the park, I felt last season when we played well, we were still running around like headless chickens a bit, he could the be man

  • 27 Spoof // Jun 30, 2016 at 10:22 AM


    Both Townsend and Ritchie are best when played on the right, sorry but it does appear to me that Ritchie is to replace Townsend and not to play alongside.

  • 28 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 30, 2016 at 10:25 AM


    I have been thinking that Rafa will probably look to transform Mbemba into a DM a bit like Dier at Spurs

    Chancel is fast , strong , great on the ball and can sense danger but he is not that tall so I could see Rafa getting in a more experienced and taller defender at the back to partner Lascalles !

    Mbemba protecting with Lascalles and Dunk would be solid as a rock for the next few seasons!

  • 29 Spoof // Jun 30, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Al Yal

    Very rarely is he fit enough to play 5/6 consecutive games on the belt, we are best getting rid of him.

  • 30 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 30, 2016 at 10:27 AM


    I have seen Richie play on the left for Bournemouth a few times he sometimes switches wings mid game as well so that could also be done !

    But yeah Townsend is probably on the way out so it doesn’t really solve our wing issues as we are still a left winger down and still have no back up wingers either! So we need a lot more players signed then !

  • 31 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 30, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Wee Jimmy Krankie can’t complete a sentence without saying the word “Scotland” at least once. She is carrying on like a petulant child, and I have even heard Scottish people saying she is going to knacker the country, and a change of leader is required. I don’t hate the scots, even though it often seems they hate us, and I don’t want to see the scottish people up sh1t creek because of her

  • 32 carl // Jun 30, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    Those questioning Dwight Gayle’s goal return do need to review the stats. Starts: impact sub.

  • 33 expatmag // Jun 30, 2016 at 10:32 AM


    In my opinion, the squad that came down should be good enough to get back up with a bit of tweeking here and there.

    Lets be honest here, if Rafa had come in a month earlier, we would more than likely avoided relegation easily.

    If we need to e ga ce the squad in January to ensure promotion and if we do succeed, then next summer eill need to be spot on in recruitment to ensure the right playrs are retained sold snd bought to avoid any further relegation battles

  • 34 expatmag // Jun 30, 2016 at 10:33 AM


  • 35 outside the box // Jun 30, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    seems to be that ritchie would be townsends replacement ….very similar players….still await defender though ….grant hanley may fit the bill?

  • 36 SPRINGY // Jun 30, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    its just something thats been on my mind for a while…rafa may want to try and build around mbemba and lascelles…one big tall and powerful leader type and the other strong and quick..but both very young…since tiote is rumoured to be on his way,colback and anita, altho willing workers do seem to lack something…and saivet….who knows???….may be interesting to see how things pan out at the start of the season.

  • 37 carl // Jun 30, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Grant Hanley would have been watched playing for Scotland along with Ritchie. Good call.

  • 38 hibbitt // Jun 30, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    expatmag /

    sorry mate but the squad is not not good enough for the rigors of the championship
    Rafa needs it sorted before the season starts not hope we will be ok till january
    the back 4 is still a major concern and has been for a long time now

  • 39 martoon // Jun 30, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Jib & YCMIU – I’ve never noticed before but now you’ve pointed it out her and Jeanette Kranky – separated at birth 🙂

  • 40 carl // Jun 30, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    ” bit of tweaking” – you couldn’t make it up. We’re looking to be promoted not relegated for a second consecutive season.

  • 41 welshgeordie9 // Jun 30, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    We need to add to the squad not replacing, Ritchie shouldn’t be a Townsend replacement, Gayle shouldn’t be a replacement for any of our forwards, that’s why we struggle every season, so if Townsend goes for example who replaces Ritchie, we need them both to work along with each other and fight for their place, infact we should have 4 wingers fighting for their places, like up front and in defence, going back Townsend, we should fight to keep him and still sign Ritchie, we need to make sure that we have the best squad in the championship, best starting eleven, best bench and best squad of players that can’t even get on the bench, in other words we should have a squad that will rip the Championship apart.

  • 42 Rotonda heights // Jun 30, 2016 at 11:06 AM


    bit harsh on aarons there

  • 43 lesh // Jun 30, 2016 at 11:06 AM


    I can anticipate a move to have the Geordie nation annexed to Scotland!

  • 44 Al Yalayis Lad // Jun 30, 2016 at 11:07 AM


    Agreed, but we have to get rid of Cisse, cannot have him chasing chickens in offside positions for another season!

    Ole McDonald would do a better job

  • 45 Jail for Ashley // Jun 30, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    SDJ is a typical Ashley/Carr/Churnley deal, a gamble that he would be sold for a profit with no thought whatsoever put in to where he would play or in what system. I’ve never actually seen the point in him.

  • 46 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 30, 2016 at 11:09 AM


    I like Aarons but the lad has never managed more than 2 or 3 games in a row for us I think he will come through this season gradually but that still would only give us 3 wingers of quality so we need more !

  • 47 Rotonda heights // Jun 30, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    i wonder if mitro being banned for 4 matches is a blessing. I know rafa prefers quick, mobile and skilful strikers who can get in behind, ie Gayle and armstrong, rather than putting everything in the air. mitro would be good for the last 20 mins when you may need to go long.

  • 48 Toonda // Jun 30, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    Rafa will not take any risks. His own reputation is also on the line. He will ensure that we our covered with quality players in all the positions. He will try his best to hold on to every player which he thinks can play a part this year. He will also attack cup competitions with such a strong squad. I cant see Gini and Sissoko going below 20 million.

  • 49 Rotonda heights // Jun 30, 2016 at 11:11 AM


    if jib’s report is true and to be fair looks like it could be, it seems rafa doesn’t see the point in sdj either.

  • 50 jayphoto // Jun 30, 2016 at 11:27 AM

    i meant per membership? So you can only buy 1 ticket per game with a membership?

  • 51 bettyswallocks // Jun 30, 2016 at 11:31 AM

    Rotonda………. Dare I ask your views on Gayle and Ritchie?

  • 52 jayphoto // Jun 30, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    Honestly not seen that much of Ritchie, aside from that unbelievable goal he scored, goal of the season for me. Anyone got much on him? Right or left winger etc
    Seems an odd one to drop to the championship when apparantly hes had the choice to go to a few premier league clubs?
    His goal/assist ratio in the championship is immense!

  • 53 Rotonda heights // Jun 30, 2016 at 11:37 AM


    Hope I don’t jinx them but i think both could be excellent both in the short and longer term. gayle gives us pace and a whole new dimension and some people think he may even be a 2016 version of bellamy, which we’ve misssed for a long time.

    Ritchie I think would be a great capture because of both his industry and creativity. very surprised bournemouth are letting him go.

  • 54 elpaso_geordie // Jun 30, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    I for one (if he can stay fit) would be happy to play Aarons , if he is ever going to develop into the player we think he can this is the season whilst in the championship. He needs games this season therefore would be ok with him being our starting left winger most of the season

  • 55 Wayayman // Jun 30, 2016 at 11:40 AM

    Jayphoto, he’s left footed and as far as I have seen, plays left or more often on the right. Can take set pieces and has a ton of energy. He’s a proper grafter and I think will be a superb signing for us as we’ve lacked that buzz on the pitch ironically until Townsend signed. Hope Andros stays too, that would be unreal having both him and Ritchie swapping wings and feeding Mitro & Gayle (and Arma when he grabs his chance!)

  • 56 Jib // Jun 30, 2016 at 11:41 AM

    Happy birthday Cheryl Tweedy/Cole/Fernandez – Versini
    Thirty three today.

  • 57 Ron Knee // Jun 30, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    “Rafa Benitez is set to hold further talks with Andros Townsend as he looks for a final decision from the Newcastle United winger on his future.”

  • 58 expatmag // Jun 30, 2016 at 11:48 AM


    Re tweaking……and your point is?

  • 59 jayphoto // Jun 30, 2016 at 11:49 AM

    I’m in a weird place where I actually trust Rafa, even if it means a player i rate leaves. I trust that he sees more on the training pitch etc and will know exactly what players will perform his instructions the best.
    Dwight Gayle reminds me alot of aYoung Ian Wright. I’ll bet now he averages a higher goal per minutes ratio next year to eds favourite McCormack! He’s very quick and mobile which we have lacked and throughout his career he has played for sides who struggle to create many chances. The owner and manager at Peterboro couldn’t sing his praises loudly enough and we all know as Newcastle fans that Pardew not rating a player is no indication of ability, you could make a fine 11 out of players Pardew hasn’t fancied. Gayle and Tevez upfront with HBA and cabella wide, Mascherano and Abeid holding, Yanga-Mbiwa CB anyone? ?

  • 60 jayphoto // Jun 30, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    One thing I will say, whilst not seeing much of Ritchie, Bournemouth play football the right way. From what i saw they all work hard off the ball and all are comfortable in possession and look to play the right way. Nice to see Rafa bringing in a few English lads in Ritchie(i know he plays for Scotland but still homegrown) and Gayle. Not really fussed where a player comes from, Loved ginola, tino, nobby, but our side has always seemed to embody the club and the region when its had a strong English core. Keegan and Sir Bobby had that. Hughton drew on that in the championship. English players on the whole have a run through walls mentality that I love seeing in the black and white shirt. No suprise that last year, in a team dominated by foreign players that the 3 that the fans really took to and didn’t show themselves up were English born. (Elliot, Lascelles and Townesend)

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