St James’ Park felt quite empty on Sunday afternoon, with only 42,303 fans in attendance. The club have acted, offering free half-season tickets to current season ticket holders.

The tickets will be available on a first-come first-served basis, with fans allowed to nominate someone if they currently have a season ticket.

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The card (they’re not tickets anymore, are they?) entitles fans to 10 games at St James’ Park, starting with the 28th December clash against Everton.

It’s a shocking announcement from the club, as they aim to solve the attendance issue at St James’ Park. A lot of fans have stayed away since Rafa Benitez left, seen as the last straw by many of the Mike Ashley era.

Does this decision show that the protests have worked? The club have been forced into action, as the upturn in form for Steve Bruce’s side hasn’t brought fans back either. So to offer free tickets is a great incentive, and shows that it isn’t all about the money.

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Ashley and Lee Charnley could easily have put half-season tickets on sale for the usual price and made a little bit of money. But instead, the hierarchy have made a big decision to increase attendances and improve the atmosphere inside St James’ Park.

On the other hand, some will see it as the club papering over the cracks. The lack of fans in attendance is down to years of neglect under Ashley.

So how has the decision gone down with the Toon Army?

Newcastle fans react to shocking announcement

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