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Report – Diminished Crowds Could Return For Start Of Next Season



The Mirror is reporting that Newcastle fans may soon get to cheer on the Magpies at St James Park once again. Though it will not be 52,000 strong. According to the report, the whole of next season could be played with a reduced number of fans in the stands.

This claim has both an upside as well as a downside. We fully expected next season to start with the matches behind closed doors. So if when September 12th rolls around, stadiums can house fans at a diminished capacity, that would be better than initially anticipated.


However, the problem is just when are things going to return to normal. The Mirror says it could be some time before restrictions on attendance at sporting events are lifted. The Mirror cites comments from James Calder, who has been working with the government and health officials.

Calder told the BBC that he doesn’t foresee a return to full stadiums until a vaccine is not only developed but widely dispersed amongst the public.

A cricket friendly between Surrey and Middlesex was played before a thousand fans last Sunday. There will also be a limited amount of fans allowed at the World Snooker Championships in Sheffield beginning on Friday.

However, those events have a much more subdued crowd without the chanting and cheering that takes place at football matches. Calder says the spread of the virus through droplets will be a concern at football matches so socially distanced fans could be the norm for the foreseeable future.

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207 comments so far

  • TheJimBelow

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #1

    And again. .

    Dear oh dear oh dear
    Third best performance?!!???!!
    “B”?????????
    As good as Rafa???
    More attacking???

    Wow Charlie. Wow…

    The Citeh debacles
    Thumped by Norwich
    Thumped by Leicester when trying non-Rafa setup
    Limping past TWO league one sides and WBA b-team in the cup
    Giving 4 points to Villa
    Needing insanely lucky results for points (Lejeune against Everton and Hayden against Chelsea for a start)
    Awful clueless football
    Defence gone backwards
    Way worse GD
    Some of the fewest goals scored
    Injury record abysmal
    No guidance to players during games

    The water breaks after restart really showed him up – opposition in a group/huddle/circle with their manager giving advice/orders/observations, then our lads wandering around separately no points from the “coach” no guidance nothing.

    Give over cabbage lickers please. . .

    BRUCE OUT
    TAKEOVER ASAP

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  • Thump

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #2

    If the takeover doesn’t happen I reckon the reduced capacity will be a bit optimistic.

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  • Jib

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #3

    With reduced numbers the authorities will have to watch out for touts

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  • TheJimBelow

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #4

    Jib

    Great point re touts etc my brother-in-law just mentioned something similar

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  • Tackle from behind

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #5

    The Jim Below

    Could you please repost that repost that you reposted on the previous post as I missed the first repost that was reposted.

    I’ll repost this post if the bus moves.

    Thanks.

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  • Tackle from behind

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #6

    Looks like we will be able to set an example in crowd social distancing when the new season kicks off.

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  • Mund

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #7

    What I get from talksport is it’s all assumptions and opinion nothing factual

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  • VanToonMan

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #8

    I think if the takeover does not go through the fans should just boycott the games.

    1. Why pay and take time out to watch a product/service (NUFC) that has been neglected/downgraded over a period of 13 years.

    2. Why maintain value to the product that Premier League sells if they do not prioritise the best interests of the NUFC fans. The Premier League’s product to broadcasters is significantly enhanced by fans at the game – the atmosphere etc. Bein wouldn’t pay £500m if matches were with empty stadiums (this current corona excluded as it was an exceptional necessity). So the Premier League’s product should have zero fans at every St. James’ Park game and zero NUFC fans at every away game.

    For those that say – oh the team will suffer, we will get relegated – well we got relegated twice under Ashley and the stadiums were full then anyway.

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  • Romford mag

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #9

    Good morning everyone 🙂

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  • TheJimBelow

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #10

    Tackle from behind

    Course I can chum!!

    It’ll be on the next thread don’t worry 😀

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #11

    With less and less people interested in PIF stories, sports journalists up and down the country must be frantically writing their latest Mauriss updates…

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  • Mund

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #12

    Funny how you go on about Mauriss and a bud being made and it’s been reported this morning that ts not that advanced as reported. There is no other bid.

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  • Mund

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #13

    Everything that came out yesterday was pure an utter click bait that is a fact

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #14

    The only true stories are the ones we want to hear

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  • hibbit

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #15

    the only fact in the edwards interview was it’s still with the PL.. everything elses is his twisted take, other people’s opinions or assumptions and downright lies ,
    in other words he’s like everyone else he doesn’t have a clue,

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  • DaveD1000

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #16

    Everything that has come out over the last 2 months has been clickbait

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  • cyprus

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #17

    BBC reviewing it’s predictions. Here’s the Newcastle report:

    “Newcastle United – 13th
    Hands up. Got this one very wrong. I was convinced Newcastle United would be relegated given the ill-feeling surrounding Steve Bruce’s appointment and the apparent miracle performed by Rafael Benitez. Maybe not such a Benitez miracle after all as sound management by Bruce put them in a similar 13th placing without the over-blown reverence reserved for Benitez. Safe and sound. Any chance of a takeover?

    Pre-season prediction: 20th

    What I said in August: “When will the torture end for Newcastle supporters? It may get worse before it gets better.””

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  • Oldgit1

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #18

    When Luke was asked if sale will go through he replied 50/50 says it all. He has no idea.

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  • Mund

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #19

    hibbit

    After everything he said yesterday and the way he went on about it on Twitter and now we find out it’s an assumption an opinion. Ffs they are a joke

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  • Mund

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #20

    I never liked Simon Jordan before this saga but he has spoke well for us since the news of takeover came out

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  • Mund

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #21

    You do believe in the stories tho vegan so your point is invalid

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  • Jib

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #22

    If you think about it , without the 2 American journos who broke the story in Spring (both of whom have Qatari connections) we would have all been blissfully unaware of this takeover churning away in the background.
    George Caulkin and other ITK’s would have kept schtum , they only broke cover because of the reveal in the Wall Street Journal.

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  • cyprus

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #23
  • Novocastrian66

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #24

    KV; from previous. Levy doesn’t own Spurs, he is the CEO. I’ve no idea who the owner is.
    The fact is the PL are ducking and diving instead of making a call. I’ve been saying for ages they lack leadership and are spineless.
    The issue has moved from, human rights, tv rights and now who actually owns the club.
    Are we seriously to believe the consortium didn’t give a detailed structure in their original submission.
    Absolute rubbish. As Ed says the PL need to do their job and get on with it and be prepared to deal with the consequences whatever their decision is.

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  • DaveD1000

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #25

    This is pretty much how I see it…

    Andy Connelly
    @andy77nufc
    Premier League: We can’t talk about the #NUFCTakeover

    Masters: I can’t talk about #NUFC takeover

    PIF: We can’t talk about the takeover

    PCP: We can’t talk about the takeover

    The Rubens: We can’t talk about the takeover

    Ashley: Will never talk

    All Journalist: Our sources…

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #26

    Any journalist who casts doubt gets dismissed as clickbait or “taunting” newcaslte fans or is accused of being in Qatar’s pocket.

    These terms are applied with a laughable degree of disregard for evidence.

    According to some, Qatar must be as powerful as the US, Russia and China now. For the claims I’ve seen here to be true, it appears they now must own large chunks of the British mainstream media, and also have many of our politicians and countless others in their back pockets.

    What are the odds that every single negative report is false, and that we can only trust the journalists who are saying it’ll definitely go through?

    They’ve all been saying that from the start, but still nothing has happened.

    If it was obviously going to go through, there wouldn’t have been a 16 week wait.

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  • lesh

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #27

    Novocastrian66

    The Sperz owner is Joe Louis – not the former world champion boxer.

    There’ll be plenty background on line.

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  • Mund

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #28

    The journos who spout this crap are giving opinions not facts it’s all assumption of where we are at.

    How would they know all these details of a confidential process?

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  • TheJimBelow

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #29

    Brothers friend just had a scam call pretending to be from the NHS explaining that they’d been in contact with someone with Covid and there was a £50 one-off fee for a testing kit sent to their address.
    I don’t do social media but apparently it’s on Facebook etc too.

    Low scum will stop at nothing!!!

    Be vigilant and warn vulnerable friends and family! !

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  • Munster Mag

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #30

    I think there was always the question as to whether the PIF would own the club and where the line lay. Its not great news and the tone of excitement about a takeover is beginning to got flat very quickly on here.

    Tarquin and KV will be happy though.

    KV will say there was no takeover anyway , it was all just a british and middle eastern and US fabrication.

    And Tarquin can continue not to support NUFC and only moan when we lose but give zero credit when we win.

    Moonraker and the other guys who wont support us any more – best of luck to you , but many of us will be supporting NUFC if we go below where Sunderland are now.

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  • Mund

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #31

    Munster

    Keep the faith all click bait

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  • Munster Mag

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #32

    And from Phil McNulty – Chief football writer on BBC

    Newcastle United – 13th
    Hands up. Got this one very wrong. I was convinced Newcastle United would be relegated given the ill-feeling surrounding Steve Bruce’s appointment and the apparent miracle performed by Rafael Benitez. Maybe not such a Benitez miracle after all as sound management by Bruce put them in a similar 13th placing without the over-blown reverence reserved for Benitez. Safe and sound. Any chance of a takeover?

    Over blown reverence , nail on the head.

    We got lower mid table lads, same as the previous guy. Dont know if it will happen again – maybe worse, maybe better.

    Either way it was better than most thought.

    Deal with it.

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  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #33

    Novo

    I was under the impression that Levy owned spurs via Enic (his company) as the main shareholder.

    Anybody who owns more than 30% of the club would have to be approved though, but I am unaware of anyone else that qualifies.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #34

    Kev, re the Qatar support etc, what I will agree with is that while Miguel Delaney got a load of abuse for hating MBS and Co of NUFC fans , when I heard him on the radio over here he was killing Qatar for their treatment of workers . I think he hates both as far as I can make out.

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  • Australian Pie

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #35

    Geez Kevs really struggles with life

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  • Tackle from behind

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #36

    Joe Louis is the owner of Spurs

    Mike Tyson currently owns NUFC but he is selling to Mohammed Ali.

    Found this on twitter so it is true.

    Joe Lewis (Tavistock Group) owns 85.5% of Spurs.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #37

    Mund I’ll bring a present from Ireland for you on the bus if we make it, I think the separation of PIF as an entity is probably hard to show and may be impossible. But I’ll keep believing and hoping even if its getting hard. It seems even Shearer has given up.

    Maybe we shud just hope Qatar takes us over, instead of Leeds!

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  • Tackle from behind

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #38

    Levy is Lewis’s partner in ENIC and is chairman at Spurs.

    Detail can be verified via this link

    http://www.google.com

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  • Munster Mag

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #39

    Morning Australian hope all good with u

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  • Jib

    Jul 28, 2020 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #40

    One of the things that indicates to me that Ashley is going to be gone
    (Not necessarily selling to any party named thus far) is the overdue
    accounts for St James Holdings.
    They’ve never been late before

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