Newcastle have announced that the December 28th fixture against Everton has been ‘sold’ out.
? Tickets for #NUFC's final home fixture of 2019 against Everton on Saturday, 28th December are now SOLD OUT.
Tickets remain on sale to members for the visit of Leicester City to St. James' Park on New Year's Day.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) December 18, 2019
We suppose that the initiative to give away 10,000 half season tickets has temporarily resolved a massive problem in the short term. Though we’ll have to see on Saturday how many empty seats there still are at St James Park.
Newcastle announced the initiative on the Monday following our last home match against Southampton. That match saw only 43,000 fans turn up despite the club having been on an excellent run of results.
We think the club were shocked at the poor attendance despite Steve Bruce having a positive start to his Newcastle tenure. This measure was announced to try and get the stadium full.
However, it is just a papering over of the cracks. While this could resolve the low attendance for the rest of the season, they could still very well be faced with the same issue next year. So it is just a quick fix for a much deeper issue.
We do think a full and raucous St James Park provides a boost to the players. It’s what Newcastle is known for as well as the traveling support which continues to remain vibrant.
It’s just such a shame that the club had to resort to giving away tickets to get the stadium full. While we hope it helps the team get the results they need to have a successful season, it is devastating to see the effect one man has had on this great club.