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  • Mitre June 17

Premier League: Newcastle fans' boycott sees plenty of empty seats at St James Park during defeat to Tottenham

A planned boycott by Newcastle supporters saw the lowest attendance of the season at St James Park as they were beaten 3-1 by Tottenham.

The boycott was organised by fans protesting against Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, with thousands of fliers handed out before the game published by fan run site ashleyout.com.

The official attendance was announced as 47,427, but there is no real way of telling how many season ticket holders, who are counted regardless, actually went to the match. 

The official number still makes it the lowest attendance of the season, but looking at the number of empty seats during the match was definitely more convincing of how effective the boycott actually was.

The regularly high attendance rate on Tyneside is well know given the large base of loyal fans around the club, and their average home attendance this season is 50,834, which is still high given St James Park is a 52,387-capacity stadium.

The continued protests about Ashley have come during a period where record profits off the pitch but poor results on it have gone hand in hand.

Their 3-1 defeat on Sunday was their sixth in a row and they now have only one win in their last ten Premier League matches.
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