Sunday 16 April 2017 sees Rafa Benitez turn 57 years young.
In 13 months at Newcastle United he has done a remarkable job.
Not only are the team on the verge of promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt…
More than that is the feel good feeling and the self-respect he has returned to Newcastle fans, despite the ongoing presence of Mike Ashley.
So far at Newcastle United, a total of 1,072,996 have attended the first 21 Championship games at St James Park at an average of 51,095, with two games left.
A remarkable achievement for both supporters and Manager.
Happy birthday Rafa Benitez!
Championship matches at St James Park 2016/17 so far:
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
52,208 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
51,903 Newcastle v Fulham
51,849 Newcastle v Wigan
48,814 Newcastle v Burton
52,301 Newcastle v Leeds
REMAINING NEWCASTLE MATCHES:
Monday 17 April – Ipswich v Newcastle (3pm) (NUFC away allocation sold out)
Monday 24 April – Newcastle v Preston (7.45pm) SKY SPORTS
Friday 28 April – Cardiff v Newcastle (7.45pm) SKY SPORTS
Sunday 7 May – Newcastle v Barnsley (12 noon) (Sold out)