So far at Newcastle United, a total of 1,072,996 Newcastle fans (and visitors) have attended the first 21 Championship games at St James Park at an average of 51,095, with two games left.
The weekend’s results have meant that Rafa Benitez can clinch promotion with two games to spare with a win over Preston.
The only confusing thing for me now though is, why is tonight’s match not sold out?
Yes I know it is midweek match and also a school day tomorrow BUT we could be promoted tonight!
Surely you want your kids to say ‘I was there’ when Rafa completed stage one of the Rafalution?
It is easy to take our crowds for granted but surely if we can pull in over forty nine thousand for some meaningless League Cup match against Preston, we can pull in fifty two thousand for a (potential) promotion winning match against..Preston!
I work in town and my mate rang and asked me if I could get him some tickets, popped up to St James Park on my lunch break and couldn’t believe how easy it was to get tickets.
It isn’t like there were thousands left but I got a few tickets together and got the impression that there were at least a canny few hundred still unclaimed.
So get yourself on the phone, online, or on foot up to the ticket office – yes the kids might fall asleep during double history tomorrow but they should (hopefully) be having sweet dreams.
(***Obviously the above is to be read within the overall context that Newcastle’s crowds this season are absolutely mental.
Selling more season tickets last summer than the club did the previous season in the Premier League was a great start.
The faith in Rafa Benitez was something everybody to rally behind and ensure we will have this made 50,000+ average at the end of the season.
Last time in the Championship we didn’t have a Rafa, we had a Chris Hughton who we didn’t know just how brilliant he was in summer 2009 – but we did have a Mike Ashley who was seriously hated by most of the fanbase and who had sold off every player he had an offer for, whilst at the same time not giving Chris Hughton a penny to spend.
Little wonder we kicked off the home campaign with only 36,944 at St James Park to see a Shola Ameobi hat-trick beat Reading 3-1.
However, there was 43,823 there only four days later as another Shola goal defeated Sheffield Wednesday 1-0. Crowds became consistently brilliant despite far lower season ticket sales than this current season, as Newcastle fans recognised we had both a manager and players who cared, despite the deep loathing of Mike Ashley remaining.
That season saw an excellent average home attendance of 43,388 but it was only the final home match when the fifty thousand barrier was breached, with 52,181 filling St James Park to watch a 2-2 draw with Ipswich, with promotion and the title already in the bag.
Let’s make tonight against Preston a special occasion and fill the ground.)
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
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