Saturday’s match may not have had the sold out signs up but it was the first to see fifty thousand Newcastle fans inside St James Park this season.

On four previous occasions there has been a bigger crowd for a home Championship match but each time there was more than, or just under, three thousand away supporters.

Top crowd so far was the 52,117  who watched Wolves beat United 2-0, whilst 52,079 saw Huddersfield also emerge victorious. Ironic that the two biggest crowds so far, both watched Newcastle defeats.

The wins over Brentford and Ipswich saw attendances of 51,885 and 51,257 respectively (all of this season’s Championship crowds listed below).

Norwich and Reading were the only two clubs previously to bring an away following measured in hundreds rather than thousands, though they were at least for midweek matches.

Cardiff though brought only around 600 fans for this weekend’s encounter, with the surplus tickets going on sale to Newcastle supporters.

The total crowd figure yesterday was 51,257, meaning there were around fifty and a half thousand Newcastle fans in St James Park.

To be honest, this might be the most Newcastle fans to be inside St James Park for a far longer time than since the start of this season, as most capacity crowds in the recent Premier League seasons have been with a full 3,000 or so away allocation (I’m sure some statto out there can tell us when Newcastle last had over 50,000 supporters in the stadium…?).

A total of 404,942 (home and away fans) have attended the eight Championship home games so far (see breakdown below), at an average of 50,617.

With half season tickets now on sale, it appears almost certain to cement the chances of keeping that 50,000+ (total crowd) average right to the end of this season.

This season so far, the eight 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

51,963 Newcastle v Ipswich

51,257 Newcastle v Cardiff