If you were thinking about getting the Metro to Newcastle’s game against Crystal Palace, think again.
There will be no trains system-wide because of strike action, with no Metros operating on Friday 20th or Saturday 21st. This is a nightmare if you were wanting to do some last minute Christmas shopping, and even worse if that’s how you get to the match.
There will be no Metro replacement buses, so the only way of getting there will be via car or the usual bus services. This might not seem like the end of the world, but bearing in mind it’s the last weekend before Santa comes, there’ll be thousands of people trying to get to and from town.
But will this travel disturbance impact the attendance on Saturday? While Newcastle are on a good run at home, the football hasn’t been pretty.
Steve Bruce’s good form hasn’t won back supporters, with only free season tickets leading to the first sell out of the season against Everton on the 28th of December.
Against Southampton there were 42,303 people inside St James’ Park, on a day where the Metros were up and running. On Saturday, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the attendance is even lower because of travel woes.