Newcastle United co-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi has set out a challenge to Newcastle United fans this weekend as he hopes to see a 'city united'.
St. James' Park is of course a little quieter than usual with the Premier League on pause to allow for the World Cup 2022 that is currently unfolding with controversy in Qatar.
It's left Newcastle United fans with empty weekends, getting their football fix in front of the television in the living room rather than in the fortress of the cathedral on the hill. However, Ghodossi wants that all to change.
The businessman, who was one of the faces involved in the club's takeover last year and is married to Amanda Staveley, took to Twitter on Thursday to send a rallying call to Newcastle supporters living in the North East.
Ghodoussi's message centred on a match that is taking place at St. James' Park on Sunday when Newcastle United Women take on Barnsley in the Vitality Women's FA Cup. Over 25,000 tickets, half of the stadium's capacity, have already sold for the match but the club are pushing to break record attendance.
Writing on Twitter, Mehrdad Ghodoussi said: "Let’s get this to 35,000 and show them what we’re made of….a city united."
The match will see Newcastle United Women play at the stadium for the second time after 22,134 supporters turned out to see them play Morpeth Town in May. That attendance set a record for attendance at a league match in women’s football across the UK.
Manager Becky Langley said ahead of the match: “When we played at St James’s Park last season it was almost like this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and to get a second opportunity is amazing. I think it shows the club’s ambition and the way they want to go and they want the women’s team to have that presence and visibility. Another time at St James’s is just fantastic.
“[A bumper crowd] is the aim. We want to get as many people to St James’s as possible. We want to beat the record we set from last season, I think we’re already past it but we’re just urging people to come out and pack the stadium because the more people can get involved, the better atmosphere and the more chance of us getting through to that next round.”
You can get your tickets to watch Newcastle United Women play this weekend and help complete the challenge set by Mehrdad Ghodoussi here.