St James Park has seen a remarkable 665,794 fans pass through the turnstiles so far this season in the Championship.

The 13 home league games have seen an average of 51,215, many of them with fully sold out away allocations.

However, the next two games at St James Park will see two very contrasting away supports.

Derby County announced today that they had fully sold out and 3,185 fans will be there in nine days time to support Steve McClaren on his return to Tyneside.

However, three days earlier, QPR could have as few as 422 supporters backing them on Wednesday night, the West London club receiving an allocation of only 1,147 but failing to sell 725 of them so far for the evening kick-off.

The Derby County game will undoubtedly be another sellout but it will be interesting to see just how big the crowd will be against QPR, with possibly much depending on how many half season tickets the club managed to sell as Christmas presents.

Of course, the crowd will be excellent compared to any other Championship club and indeed most Premier League ones, but it would be a shame to see it drop below that 50,000 mark.

Going against the QPR crowd are any number of factors, including it being a midweek night game, live on TV, a more attractive home game three days later, plus of course only 422 away fans having bought tickets so far.

QPR Official Announcement:

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Wednesday, 1st February 2017 – Kick-off 7:45pm

INITIAL ALLOCATION 1,147 (725 REMAINING) UPPER TIER TICKETS PRICED: £24.00 Adults, £20.00 Senior Citizen 65 and Over/ Full Time Students and £12.00 Junior Under 18.’

Derby County Official Announcement:

‘Derby County’s entire allocation of tickets has sold out for their Sky Bet Championship visit to Newcastle United early next month.

Derby will make the journey to St James Park on Saturday 4th February 2017 (3pm kick-off).

The final allocation of 3,185 has now sold out, making the game a complete sell-out for Rams fans.

The Derby County Ticket Office is, however, running a waiting list should they have any tickets returned.

Those interested in being added to the waiting list should email [email protected] with their name and Fan ID.’

Championship matches at St James Park 2016/17

A total of 665,794 for the first 12 Championship games at St James Park at an average of 51,215;

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

52,092 Newcastle v Blackburn

52,145 Newcastle v Birmingham

52,179 Newcastle v Sheffield Wednesday

52,228 Newcastle v Nottingham Forest

52,208 Newcastle v Rotherham

Ironic of course that the only Saturday home game to get under 51,257 was the one against Brighton (49,196), a match that would be a guaranteed sell out if it had been played any time from now until the end of the season.