When it comes to gate money, the cash that fans put into their club week after week, Newcastle United feature in the top 20 earning clubs in Europe.

In fact only 14 European clubs generate more money per match when it comes to gate money.

Newcastle generate on average 1.4m euros for each match at St James Park, making a total of 31m euros in the latest financial year figures.

Three further clubs generated more gate money overall, though this was down to the slight handicap Newcastle have of playing less home matches due to lack of progress in cup competitions.

Six Premier League clubs had higher overall totals but only five earned more on an average by match.

With a capacity some 16,000 less than Newcastle at the minute, Tottenham took gate money of 1.3m euros on average compared to Newcastle’s 1.4m euros.

With pretty much every other club in the list regularly competing in Europe and successful in their domestic football, the statistics are once again testament to the loyalty/stupidity of Newcastle fans, despite everything thrown at them by Mike Ashley and other factors.

The totals are also further proof that Newcastle United fans are not getting any kind of cheap deal in paying to watch their football.

(Table below is via the excellent Nick Harris’ article on The Mail)

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With so many other clubs increasing their capacities, including Manchester City, Liverpool, West Ham and Spurs.

It is a crying shame that Mike Ashley is pushing ahead to develop land he owns the lease on, opposite the Gallowgate End, which would prevent any future possibility of expanding St James Park up to a potential capacity of an estimated 60,000.