The crowd on Saturday was the usual good one, with 51,749 attending the game so that’s about 705 fans short of a full house at Newcastle ( official capacity 52,354).
We expect to be the case in the coming months as Rafa has asked the fans for the same support of last season.
There seem to be some fans who may be thinking of boycotting the games this season, but that’s not a good idea – but it’s a free country of course and everybody can do what they want.
But if it’s to put pressure on Mike Ashley – it won’t work because he doesn’t care.
It seems that all Ashley wants to do is to sell the club for as much as he can get – which means he will not sell it for a year or two.
Match fees are an increasingly small percentage of what we get from the Premier League – £123M for last season.
Rafa Benitez – wants and needs the full support of the fans
Boycotting games will only hurt Newcastle and Rafa has made it clear he wants complete unity at Newcastle and that means everybody associated with the club pulling in the same direction.
Boycotting in front of Sports Direct last Saturday was not a bad thing and certainly didn’t affect the players and it was good there was that flag of Rafa on display – very impressive.
But let’s not make this season like some of the seasons of old when there were lots of protests and boycotting going on.
The very best chance we have of keeping Rafa Benitez is to do what he wants us to this season – fully support the team.
Forget about Mike Ashley for the time being – flags of support for Rafa and the team will go a long way to keeping Mr. Benitez on Tyneside.
After all – at every chance he gets – he says he would like to stay on Tyneside.
We could surprise ourselves this season – we really hope that happens.
But the mood on Tyneside has to be positive and replicate Rafa’s mood throughout a season.
OK – I have only three more words to say.
Howay The Lads!!