It is Newcastle v Brentford on Saturday when the Championship gets into action once again.

Third place v seventh, as Brentford are proving a force once again after almost grabbing promotion two seasons ago, when they finished fifth and lost out in the play-offs.

Not the biggest of clubs/fanbases but they have big plans for the future, as well as aiming for the Premier League they are due to have a new stadium ready in a couple of years time.

Their last home game before the international break saw 9,547 turn up for a Saturday 3pm kick-off but the game at St James Park has captured the imagination.

Brentford have revealed that ticket sales for the Newcastle game have now reached 2,655 with just over 500 left of their 3,200 allocation, which they are optimistic of selling this week.

Newcastle United are well on course to be the sixth most watched club in Europe this season (see stats HERE), and Saturday is now looking another guaranteed fifty thousand+ crowd.

No doubt many Brentford supporters will be making a weekend of it and having a few lager tops before and after the game, with their last chance to visit St James Park on a weekend being back in 1993 (they visited midweek in 2001 for a 4-1 defeat in the League Cup).

Newcastle were busy getting promoted that season and the match is remembered more for a 60/70+ yard ludicrously disallowed goal by Robert Lee (watch it HERE), than for the 5-1 scoreline.

The two clubs haven’t met too many times and the last occasion when Brentford left with a win was over 82 years ago, back in September 1934 when they won 5-2.

Let’s hope their fans enjoy their visit to our great city and club but leave only with memories of a great trip but no points.