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

52,228 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

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)