As Newcastle United fans, we tend to take a lot for granted.

Anybody of a certain age will by now have accepted we are doomed to never see Newcastle win anything.

In addition, we are fated to always have mad/sad/bad people owning the club.

Plus, supporters will continue to turn up no matter what is thrown at them.

On that last point, I still do though get surprised and this season has surely been exceptional on that front.

Yes, we all know that for whatever reasons the atmosphere is severely lacking BUT when it comes to sacrificing time and money to fill St James Park (and every away section on our travels) it has been truly astonishing these past five or six months.

A total of 613,586 for the first 12 Championship games at St James Park at an average of 51,132 and now that average is set to edge up even further.

Newcastle v Rotherham is now set to be sold out any time soon.

To spell it out, this is a home game in the second tier of English football, in the middle of January when people are the most skint, against the club who are rock bottom of the league.

I have just been to St James Park to get my tickets and there is now only a handful of tickets left for Saturday – you can no longer get two seats together and even then it is very limited the sections you can even get single tickets.

As an aside, I saw pictures of the Crystal Palace v Bolton FA Cup match this morning and wondered why they had banned fans from attending…

On checking up, the crowd was actually 7.149 to see Palace win 2-1, with 980 there from Bolton, meaning only 6,169 Crystal Palace fans bothered going…and this is the club that Alan Pardew dumped us for, you couldn’t make it up.

Championship matches at St James Park 2016/17

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

***The signs are as well that we could have another massive crowd tonight and one of the biggest of the FA Cup third round, the signs are that the attendance could be heading towards the forty thousand mark against Birmingham.