Newcastle United’s home stadium, St. James’ Park, can accommodate 52,387 spectators, and officially 47,427 of the seats were filled for today’s Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur.
It was lower than the average home attendance of 50,834, but it was still something to be proud of. After all, how many clubs can boast of so many loyal fans when they are struggling in lower reaches of the Premier League?
The problem is that those are the official numbers, which include season-ticket holders. In reality, the number of Newcastle fans at the ground were nowhere near 47,427.
To make matters worse for Ashley, many of the fans who were inside the stadium had banners which made it pretty clear that they do not want him at Newcastle anymore.
The Newcastle players failed to rise to the occasion yet again, as they slumped to a 3-1 defeat to Spurs, leaving themselves just seven points above the relegation zone.
Below are the best pictures of the Newcastle fans’ protest both outside and inside the stadium.