St James Park saw its latest sold out signs when Bristol City visited on Saturday.

The 17th home Championship match of the season saw the fans turn out in force as usual, though sadly the players didn’t manage to turn up until after the break.

Recovering from two goals down, Newcastle emerged with a point eventually, though Jonjo Shelvey could/should have won it in the dying seconds.

So a 2-2 draw against the team fourth bottom in the second tier but how did the St James Park crowd compare to the rest of the opposition in England on Saturday?

Highest football attendances in England on Saturday 25 February 2017:

52,131 Newcastle 2 Bristol City 2

41,612 Chelsea 3 Swansea 1

39,595 Everton 2 Sunderland 0

35,093 Leeds 1 Sheff Wed 0

30,935 Aston Villa 1 Derby 0

29,613 Brighton 3 Reading 0

27,165 Sheffield United 2 Bolton 0

25,416 Crystal Palace 1 Middlesbrough 0

24.162 West Brom 2 Bournemouth 1

20,702 Watford 1 West Ham 1

20,156 Hull 1 Burnley 1

By some considerable distance, Newcastle United attracted the biggest crowd of the day in the country, almost twelve thousand more than Chelsea.

Interesting to see as well, Sheffield United getting an impressive 27,165 for their third tier promotion clash with Bolton, a bigger crowd than four of the six Premier League matches played on Saturday.

Championship matches at St James Park 2016/17 so far:

A total of 868,129 for the first 17 Championship games at St James Park at an average of  exactly 51,066;

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

47,909 Newcastle v QPR

52,271 Newcastle v Derby

50,024 Newcastle v Aston Villa

52,131 Newcastle v Bristol City