Newcastle United had their latest sell out crowd at St James Park on Saturday.

52,231 turned up to watch United go top of the table with a 1-0 win over Steve McClaren’s Derby County.

However, how does that latest attendance compare to second tier crowds throughout Europe?

The Italian ‘Sports & Finance’ (Deportes & Finanzas) media outlet has put together this graphic, giving a visual idea of what the biggest crowds were at the weekend in the various European leagues.

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These are the actual figures from those European second tier top 10 attended matches at the weekend:

52,231 Newcastle United 1 Derby 0

30,153 Dynamo Dresden 0 Union Berlin 0

22,775 Eintracht Braunschweig 1 St Pauli 2

22,400 Huddersfield 2 Leeds 1

21,398 RC Lens 0 Troyes 0

19,943 Kaiserslautern 1 Wurzburger Kickers 0

19,866 Nottingham Forest 2 Aston Villa 1

18,737 Bristol City 1 Rotherham 0

17,426 Birmingham 1 Fulham 0

16,247 Arminia Bielefeld 2 1860 Munich 1

As you can see, Newcastle United top the list and are one of five Championship clubs to feature, as well as four from Germany and RC Lens from France.

Newcastle and Germany also dominate in the top divisions when it comes to totals of paying fans through the door but it is telling that not a single Spanish or Italian club makes this Top 10 list of second tier clubs.

The strength of the Championship is summed up by the fact that Birmingham (12th), Forest (15th) and Bristol City (20th) have no real reason to be attracting decent crowd figures, as at least Huddersfield are one of the strong promotion contenders.

When you take into consideration that English football is also generally the most expensive to watch, it makes the inclusion of five English Championship clubs all the more impressive.