Its a fact that when Newcastle went down to the Championship the average Championship attendance rocketed, interest from abroad increased dramatically - and the stinking media can deny all they like - interest in UK increased too. Championship became the 3rd best supported league. Likes of BBC keep mentioning this, but NEVER mention Newcastle's input for that. It hadn't been prior. Average gates in Prem dropped significantly too when Newcastle weren't in it. Sunderland too are a miss.
I think its an agreement with the home side. We do it for you, you do it for us arrangement. Thing is, some KNOW we take a huge following and they themselves DON'T (refusal to do so happened a lot in Championship - only odd few like Leeds did if I recall correct agreed)
Actually, most of us think it's ridiculous, as are many of their other idiot ideas One such was shouting at the shop then arriving 11 minutes late (can't recall why) annoying other fans and then ranting at their fellow fans in forums and blogs and Twitter when the rest (the other 95%) asks "what the **** do think think that achieves ???"
Fair play for selling these at a decent price. Not sure if it’s Newcastle subsidising them or what Blackburn have set them at but they’ll end up selling out the allocation I suspect.
Amanda Staveley. She met Ashley's asking price but he didn't like some of the T&C's. The full price wouldn't be paid if they were regulated or if a big fine is imposed by HMRC after they investigated some suspect transactions. One offer was even higher than his asking price if they qualified for the Champions league. It's a shame because she (PCP) did commit to invest some £200 million in the club. There is a rumour that she is still interested but I'm guessing she looking at clubs like Leeds as a better prospect. She is from Yorkshire. I don't know how much Ashley has invested into the club but he only paid £135 million for it. So it sounds like he won't sell it unless he makes a big profit and he doesn't seem to care if a new owner is going to invest in the club or not.