Newcastle United post record-low crowd in the Premier League

Newcastle United have recorded their lowest Premier League crowd of the season.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 08: Steve Bruce, Manager of Newcastle United looks on  during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton FC at St. James Park on December 08, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 08: Steve Bruce, Manager of Newcastle United looks on during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton FC at St. James Park on December 08, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

The official attendance for today’s home game with Southampton was announced as 42,303 some 10,000 down on St James’s Park’s capacity.

It is a further sign that United fans are staying away from matchday’s following discontent with the club’s ownership and direction under Mike Ashley.

The previous lowest Premier League attendance was 43,360, recorded against Brighton.

The lowest league crowd of the Ashley era was recorded in November 2010 against Blackburn.