The Huddersfield v Newcastle match is set to create a new record.
Despite live TV coverage and a 5.30pm kick-off, the match will see the biggest ever league attendance at the Kirklees Stadium (currently going by the sponsor’s John Smith’s Stadium branding).
Opened in 1994 with only two stands open, then finally completed with an approximate 24,500 capacity in 1998, this 2016/17 season has already seen a number of new records set.
When Leeds visited three weeks ago, the Championship crowd of 22,400 was a new league record.
Then two weeks later, the FA Cup visit of Man City brought an overall stadium record of 24,129, beating the 1999 FA Cup visit of Liverpool.
24,129 Huddersfield 0 Manchester City 0 (FA Cup fifth round – February 2017)
23,678 Huddersfield 0 Liverpool 2 (FA Cup third round – December 1999)
Against the other Top Six clubs this season:
22,400 Huddersfied 2 Leeds 1
22,368 Huddersfield 0 Sheff Wed 1
20,104 Huddersfield 3 Brighton 1
19,894 Huddersfield 1 Reading 0
Newcastle fans quickly snapped up the disappointing 1,900 allocation and now Huddersfield have confirmed that with four days to go until the game, less than 1,200 tickets remain for the home sections.
This ensures a new league record with already over twenty three thousand tickets sold and now the only remaining factor, is to see whether Newcastle’s visit will beat that overall football record set by Man City’s FA Cup visit 10 days ago.
Newcastle United fans helping to set new records once again, hopefully the team will manage the same one day!
A potentially decisive five days in Newcastle’s season, with the small matter of Brighton up first tonight.
Newcastle fans with a few more miles on the clock will remember 7 May 1984, when it finished Huddersfield 2 Newcastle 2 at their old Leeds Road ground.
United clinching promotion in front of 25,101 and as anybody who was there that day will tell you, at least three sides of the ground were filled by Newcastle fans – incredible scenes.