ALAN Pardew’s looking for Newcastle United fans to get romantic on Valentine’s Day – by taking their partners to St James’s Park!
Pardew’s side take on Metalist Kharkiv tonight in the home leg of the club’s Europa League Round of 32 tie.
And Pardew’s hopeful late rush for tickets – despite the clash with Valentine’s Day.
There will be cash turnstiles in operation at St James’s Park, where admission is £15 for adults and £5 for concessions.
Pardew has pledged to name a strong starting XI, with United not having a Premier League game at the weekend, and he believes it will be an entertaining game given Metalist’s large South American contingent.
“I’ve got to be honest, the Geordies are maybe a bit too romantic this year!” Pardew said.
“Maybe they need to dump the missus and come to the game – or bring her to the game.
“Unfortunately, the name Metalist doesn’t really attract you, but when you analyse their team – nine South Americans – you know there’s going to be some entertainment and quality on the pitch, for sure.
“Therefore the crowd’s going to be a bit lower than we’d like, but the experience I’ve had here when we’ve had 30,000 or 35,000 crowds, they’re as noisy as 50,000.
“You get a hardcore, and they’re brilliant.”
United have been well backed at home in the competition so far, with the Europa League gates having been around the 30,000-mark.
And the ticket pricing is aimed at encouraging another sizeable crowd at St James’s Park.
“We’re trying to help – it’s difficult (for fans),” Pardew added.
“We know life is difficult for everybody outside of our trade. We’re very fortunate to have the funds that we get.”