This Could Only Happen At Newcastle

Newcastle have announced today that season ticket sales at Newcastle United have soared past last season’s total.

And that’s with Newcastle now a second division club and the season is still three weeks away, when we play at Fulham on Friday, 5th August to kick-off the Championship season – four weeks way to the first home game against Huddersfield Town on Saturday 13th August KO 3:00 pm.

This could only happen at Newcastle and of course the excitement is that we now have a world-class manager in charge of the club in Rafa Benitez.


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The changes he is quickly making at the club and with the squad are there for all to see – not least of which  is that he’s already signed five good players within two weeks and more are said to be on the way.

And of course this will also  help Newcastle’s financial  position and we hope we will be down below for only one season and straight back up to the Premier League next May.

st james' park view

St. James’ Park

Here’s some of the information the club has put out today on season ticket sales to help get the word out in case anybody wants to sign up – quickly.



The club has announced 33,000 supporters have already renewed or purchased a season ticket, which secures a seat at all 23 of the Magpies’ home league fixtures during the 2016/17 campaign.

With Rafa Benítez’s side kicking off their pre-season preparations at Bohemian FC, in Dublin, on Saturday, fellow supporters now have a four-week general sale period in which to secure their seats at St. James’ Park ahead of the home league opener.

Huddersfield Town will be the first Championship visitors to Tyneside on Saturday, 13th August (3pm kick-off), eight days after United get the league season under way at Fulham, live on Sky Sports.

Following last week’s deadline for existing season ticket holders, a limited number of seats have now become available in the stadium’s hugely popular Family Area, offering a full season of football from just £329 for adults and £68 for juniors.

Availability remains good in most other areas of St. James’ Park, though there are only a handful of individual seats remaining in the South East corner of the ground.

Prices include a stadium-wide 10% discount on all season tickets, which was announced by the club in May – adding to a previous reduction of up to 54 per cent on all junior season ticket prices announced in February.

Following the 10% discount, existing season ticket holders who have paid up front in full will soon be receiving details of refunds, while existing season ticket holders on the Club’s Direct Debit scheme will be notified of reductions in their payments shortly.

Existing season ticket holders are reminded to retain last season’s entry card for the new 2016/17 campaign. New season ticket holders and supporters who have moved seats or changed concession bands will receive a new card by Thursday, 4th August.

The Club will be emailing season ticket holders next week with full information on entry cards, including what to do if cards have been lost or damaged.

To find out more about 2016/17 season tickets and to secure your seat now, visit here,  call 0844 372 1892 or call into the St. James’ Park Box Office.

The Matchday Box Office in the Milburn Stand will be open from 9:00am-4:00pm on Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm on Sunday and 10:00am-5:00pm throughout next week.


It would be good to have a sellout for our first home game against Huddersfield Town on Saturday 13th August – kick-off 3:00 pm.

Comments welcome.

Note: On Saturday July 30th, Peruvian Independence Day, Nolberto Solano will be attending as the special guest at Solano’s Peruvian Cuisine and Nobby will be available for autographs, pose for photos, and a chat!
Here’s details of the event if you would like to book your ticket now.

25 comments so far

  • NUFCPaul

    Jul 15, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #1

    Can see us getting 50k+ for each game this season, although that may dip on those pesky weekday games. Do we hold the record average attendance for a club in the Championship from the last time we were down there? If so, I wonder if we can break it again.

    Record attendance plus record points finish would be ideal, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. It may not be the cakewalk we might think it is this season.

  • firebug666

    Jul 15, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #2

    Miles Starforth
    12:56Friday 15 July 2016
    Rafa Benitez is hopeful of a SIXTH transfer breakthrough at Newcastle United.

    The club is in talks with Blackburn Rovers over a move for defender Grant Hanley.

    Just watched Newcastle’s players warm up for training in Ireland. Even Florian Thauvin was smiling.

    Newcastle have already had two bids for the 24-year-old rejected.

    But United are expected to improve on their last £4.5million offer and lodge a bid closer to Blackburn’s £6million valuation.

    Speaking today from the club’s training camp in Ireland, Benitez said: “I think the market was quite slow, but now things are starting to move.

    “We are trying to do what we want to do as soon as possible.”

    Asked how close the club was to signing Hanley, Benitez said: “It is something that I am aware of as I am talking every day with (managing director) Lee Charnley.

    “He’s in charge of the signings and the business. I cannot talk too much about that.”

    So until Rafa gets back we are stuck with the indecisive hand wringing Charnley to do the business, no wonder things have slowed down.

  • firebug666

    Jul 15, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #3

    Newcastle United have revealed that two Newcastle players have been sent home from the training camp in County Kildare.

    The club confirming that both Siem de Jong and Kevin Mbabu have picked up injuries.

    The rest of the United squad complete their week’s training with a friendly against Bohemian on Saturday afternoon before flying home.

    Newcastle confirm that Mbabu has a thigh injury, whilst de Jong’s latest in a long line of ailments is yet another hamstring injury.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 15, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #4


    I’ve been saying that for the last couple of days, what’s Charnley been doing since Benitez left for Ireland.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 15, 2016 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #5

    2 players injured, that’s great, I wonder by the time we play Fulham, no player will be fit, are they trying to beat last years record.

  • firebug666

    Jul 15, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #6


    He’s been sitting wringing his hands, and worrying over his ability to save ten bob on the deal.

  • Average_Contents

    Jul 15, 2016 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #7


    He’s probably been too busy deciding what type of teabag to purchase the useless tw@t

  • firebug666

    Jul 15, 2016 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #8

    Welshie @5

    Oh come on now….neither was going to be a starter marra, and we have cover in both their positions so it’s not a great loss.

    I do hope we get to see more of Mbabu this season, and although I like de Jong I now doubt he can stay fit enough to get a run of games…. His career is not so much winding down as crashing out. Shame really!

  • firebug666

    Jul 15, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #9


    Aye, well their was a rumour that the coffee jar was almost empty. lol.

    Simple truth is Rafa leaves for Ireland and St James Park once again becomes a wall of silence.


    Jul 15, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #10

    Two regularly injured (screw it I will be harsh) crocks back on the injury table who would of guessed it? Time is up for de Jong for me, Mbabu and Aarons get half a season from me then I will be falling for them to leave aswell

  • firebug666

    Jul 15, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #11


    I wonder if the new medical setup will have them sorted out, Mbabu is only young as is Aarons, if they cannot stay fit then I agree with you… ship them out.


    Jul 15, 2016 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #12

    Maybe I don’t know mate am just sick of so many injuries. Mbabu and Aarons are young but how much development is lost now because they spend more time with the doctor than their coach?

    If they’ve been out more than they’ve played by Jan then get shot imo

  • Belfast

    Jul 15, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #13

    De Jong must have sneezed on Mbabu.

  • Nufc-83

    Jul 15, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #14

    Firebug de Jong fit would probably be a definite starter playing behind the st he would tear the championship up. As I said previously had enough of injuries now I was sticking up for him recently with his freak injuries but if this is long term then we need to get rid as soon as we can.

  • firebug666

    Jul 15, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #15


    I would think that Sissoko, Gini or even Perez would be ahead of SDJ. That’s providing the first two are still here like.

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 15, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #16

    It would be interesting to see just how powerful the Rafa effect has been in persuading fans to return. By that, i mean how many fans who swore never to step foot back in SJP whilst Ashley was there, have now renewed their ST? That alone would give a good idea how much pulling power Rafa really has. I imagine the number is substantial.

  • Spoof

    Jul 15, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #17

    At De Jong’s age I doubt that his injury record will improve but at times younger players can suffer possibly by trying to hard and pushing themselves to much, I could be wrong but did Steven Gerrard not struggle when trying to break through, certainly Gareth Bale did as his injury record as an up and coming player was dreadful but both became relatively injury free after a poor start so I am going to be patient with Aarons and Mbabu and hope that they can improve as others in the past have.

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 15, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #18

    Paul, since the inception of the Championship and all seater stadia, the highest three attendances are held by us, all over 52k. The highest ever second tier att is 60k, held by manure, but that was in the 70’s when the limit was ‘however many you can squeeze in’. That same season however, they only averaged 44K, so we can beat that i reckon.

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 15, 2016 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #20

    Re injuries, the human body is not generally designed to play football. The knees are especially vulnerable. Sudden twists and turns and simply overstretching can cause serious damage. That said, whilst other clubs suffer a fair amount of injuries, we do seem to top the charts on a regular basis. If Rafa’s new team can reduce this, we’re halfway there. If not, I’d love to know why we’re so vulnerable.

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 15, 2016 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #21

    Jib, been missing for a few days, but kinda caught that Ed had been purging multiples. Knowing i’ll get a straight answer from you, can you bring me up to speed? Have we got to the bottom of it and if so, is that finally the end of it all? I surely hope so.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 15, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #22

    I think it’s time to let De Jong go, whether it be bad luck or whatever I cannot see this lad coming good at the club at all. It’s been pretty bizarre. Cut our losses and move on.

    Shelvey is looking in good condition, I hear he has lost a stone in weight. I’d start him and make him captain for this campaign. He is certainly showing the right attidude working over the Summer with a personal trainer.

  • Jib

    Jul 15, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #23


    Sorry I’m in Sunny Spain and a bit out of touch myself.

    Ed has warned folk generally about sticking to footy related matters.

    Folk have noticeably calmed down

    I think some may have been subjected to moderation.

  • lesh

    Jul 15, 2016 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #24

    The Club are using an 0844 number and as all will know, calling it from a mobile’s pricey.

    Here’s a link to a site that gives alternative geographic numbers (eg 0191 201 8455).

    Every little helps 😉

  • lesh

    Jul 15, 2016 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #25


    How on earth you can expect a straight answer from Jib, beats me. He’s Mr Multiple himself!


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