Newcastle vs Watford was a game that delivered little in the way of excitement. A 1-1 draw saw the points shared, although one of the talking points from the game was the attendance, as just 44,157 fans were at St. James’ Park.
The lowest crowd since 2012!! The penny might be starting to drop pic.twitter.com/7O3JeuysmI
— Jordan Robinson (@JordanRob86) September 1, 2019
That figure comes from the BBC but has also been reported by numerous outlets, and some fans believe that the actual attendance was even lower, which is good news for those who are keen to protest against Mike Ashley’s ownership of the club by boycotting matches.
Whether or not this has an impact on Ashley is yet to be seen, but with fans starting to stay away it looks like this is only going to be the beginning of a testing time for Newcastle United football club.
You can read the Magpies’ thoughts on their attendance here:
Still well to many at the game. The money of ticket sales wont effect ashley we need to send a message and 45k doesnt do that we need like -25k at the game to really do something. Im not saying dont go games either its upto u
— Gbaz (@gbaznufc) September 1, 2019
It’s painful to go and watch now, no atmosphere and only once corner of the stadium chant, Mike has sucked. The club dry
— Mason (@Mason_Ferrier14) September 1, 2019
Bloody hell, that’s the best photo I’ve seen from yesterday… 36,000 if you’re lucky. #AshleyOut
— Tony Lister ASHLEY OUT (@tnylister50) September 1, 2019
Aye it was massively noticeable yesterday wasn’t it.
— Mark Hennessey (@Mark_Hennessey1) September 1, 2019
Well done! Just imagine a empty arena
— GP (@GP18089407) September 1, 2019
— KevLew (@Kevlew833) September 1, 2019
The fans are obviously delighted to see that they’re staying away from St. James’ Park and will hope that it forces Mike Ashley’s hand sooner or later.