No prizes for guessing Newcastle United are top of the tree when it comes to average Championship attendances this past season.
At St James Park, a total of 1,175,484 Newcastle fans (and visitors) have attended the 23 Championship games, at an average of 51,108.
So just how big a gap was there between Newcastle and the rest?
WorldFootball.net have published the following table showing all 24 clubs and their total number of home match crowds, as well as the average:
As the figures show (they have Newcastle’s total wrong by 42 and the average by 2 – this was due to an NUFC attendance wrongly quoted by some media earlier in the season), Newcastle had an average that was nineteen thousand more than the next club (Villa).
Over the course of the 23 home matches, St James Park saw an astonishing 437,000 more fans attending than Villa Park.
Looking at the numbers, you have Newcastle out on their own and then half a dozen clubs that were separated from highest to lowest only by six thousand on average, then it jumps another five thousand before you get to eighth placed Wolves with a twenty one thousand average.
Top of the crowds Newcastle and fourth placed Brighton were the clubs automatically promoted but only one play-off team features in the top eight average Championship attendances.
The four play-off clubs are Sheff Wed, Huddersfield, Fulham and Reading – they feature in 6th, 9th, 12th and 14th when it comes to crowds.
As for the three relegated clubs (Blackburn, Rotherham and Wigan), they were all in the bottom six when it came to average crowds.
Interesting to see Leeds United only fifth, considering what a high opinion their supporters appear to have of themselves and the fact they were promotion contenders for much of the season.Villa and Derby comfortably higher despite never troubling the top end of the table.
Championship matches at St James Park 2016/17:
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
50,212 Newcastle v Preston
52,276 Newcastle v Barnsley
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