Newcastle offer free half-season tickets to fans to help boost home crowds

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30: The statue of Sir Bobby Robson outside the stadium before the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St. James Park on November 30, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Daniel Chesterton/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)
Newcastle are introducing a free half-season ticket scheme to boost crowd numbers. (Getty Images)

Newcastle United season ticket holders will be offered an additional free half-season ticket to gift to a friend after the Magpies documented their lowest Premier League home attendance since 2010.

Their win over Southampton on Sunday at St James’ Park only attracted 42,303 – the lowest in over nine years. The club’s half-season ticket scheme is an attempt to boost the numbers and get more bums-on-seats to support the team.

The free access will come into place on December 28, when Newcastle are set to play host to Everton.

“To have the crowds we have is wonderful and we can't ever take that for granted,” said manager Steve Bruce.

“But the question to all of us at the club is can we pack the stadium to the rafters?”

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Newcastle United's Jonjo Shelvey (right) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with team-mate Andy Carroll during the Premier League match at St James' Park, Newcastle. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)
Newcastle recorded their lowest Premier League home crowd since 2010. (Getty Images)

St James’ Park is the eighth largest football stadium in England, holding over 52,400 supporters. The Magpies boast an impressive seating capacity, beating North-East neighbours Sunderland and Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge.

“It starts with results on the pitch,” continued Bruce. “But I hope a gesture like this will help us to fill the place because St James' Park in full voice is a force to be reckoned with.”

Newcastle’s current form in the Premier League sees them sit 11th in the table on 22 points, ahead of upcoming opposition sides Burnley and Everton.

Jonjo Shelvey is their current top scorer with five goals, finding the back of the net in his last three appearances.

Half-season tickets are available for season ticket holders as of today on a first-come-first-served basis.

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