Reacting after Newcastle had beaten Brentford to go second top of the table, Alan Shearer had a message for his fellow Newcastle fans.

The 51,885 paying customers at St James Park on Saturday, means that a total of 301,722 have attended the six Championship home games so far (see breakdown below), at an average of 50,287.

Alan Shearer:

“A great crowd at St James Park today.

“52,000 see the Geordies win again.”

Whilst the atmosphere still leaves something to be desired much of the time, no doubting the commitment of the supporters in terms of time and money when it comes to backing their team.

Unless standing areas return, it is difficult to see the atmosphere improving to any great extent, like pretty much every club these days.

When supporters travel away, for any club and particularly in the case of Newcastle, they produce more support than 10 times (or more) as many do when at home. The defining thing being standing, with away fans usually doing so at any stadium, whilst the home ones sit largely in silence.

Any atmosphere usually depends on what the team does and so yesterday at St James Park, it wasn’t too bad the first half when Newcastle played some decent stuff – especially Shelvey.

However, the second half was pretty dreadful, as the game was closed out with little excitement on the pitch.

This season so far, there have been six home Championship matches:

52,079 Newcastle v Huddersfield

48,209 Newcastle v Reading

49,196 Newcastle v Brighton

52,117 Newcastle v Wolves

48,236 Newcastle v Norwich

51,885 Newcastle v Brentford