The Newcastle v Birmingham FA Cup replay is set to see another amazing crowd at St James Park.

Despite it being only a third round replay on a January midweek night, in a game that some Newcastle fans will think it might be best to bow out now and concentrate on the Championship…, the Magpies are still set to boast one of the biggest crowds of the 3rd round.

The biggest crowds so far in the 3rd round have been:

74,396 Manchester United 4 Reading 0

56,975 West Ham 0 Manchester City 5

52,692 Liverpool 0 Plymouth 0

41,003 Chelsea 4 Peterborough 1

35,493 Everton 1 Leicester 2

31,182 Tottenham v Aston Villa

When booking my tickets for Newcastle v Birmingham late this (Monday) afternoon, you could only get seats together in the upper tier of the Gallowgate End.

This suggests that at the very least over thirty thousand tickets have been sold, as all seats had been made available for sale apart from Level 7, which holds around 14,000/15,000 fans.

Even allowing for corporate areas maybe not being sold out, it suggests that already the FA Cup replay will be guaranteed a bigger crowd than the Spurs v Villa match.

Newcastle have once again put up sensible ticket prices with adults at £10 and even better concessions at £3.

It looks likely/certain that Tuesday will see Newcastle United put Level 7 tickets on sale and fans will have until close of business tomorrow to take advantage of the cheaper ticket initiative.

On Wednesday/matchday, ticket prices rise to £20 for adults and £10 concessions.

The earlybird cheaper prices for the Preston League Cup game helped produce a superb crowd of 49,042 and whilst that kind of attendance is unlikely for this third round replay, the signs are that we could well see a crowd of around 40,000 inside St James Park.

Tickets can be purchased online, by calling 0844 372 1892 (calls cost 7p per minute plus network access charge) or in person from the St. James Park ticket office.

***Just in case you were wondering

When it came to our local rivals, Sunderland v Burnley pulled in a massive 17,632.

Interestingly, even Middlesbrough were better supported than the mackems, with Boro v Sheff Wed having an attendance of 23,661 – though that did include 3,200 away supporters.