Last week we asked Newcastle fans who they would like to see win the Championship play-offs.

When the voting ended, this is how Newcastle supporters expressed their promotion preference:

40% Sheffield Wednesday

29% Fulham

24% Huddersfield

7% Reading

It looked arguably the hardest four team showdown that there has ever been to call, with none of the four looking to have a clear advantage over the other. Likewise, there is no clear outsider who looks to have little/no chance.

This is how the matches have so far proved, with very tight games, though they haven’t exactly gone as Newcastle fans had hoped…

After a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage, Reading hosted Fulham on Tuesday and a very close game saw Jaap Stam’s team emerge as winners with the only goal of the game being a disputed penalty.

Moving on to Wednesday night and Sheffield Wednesday were home to Huddersfield with the aggregate score at 0-0 after the away leg.

The most popular Newcastle fan choice to go up, looked to be working out. Sheffield Wednesday taking a 51st minute lead through former Mackem Steven Fletcher, only for a 73rd minute own goal to level it.

No more goals in normal or extra time, meant penalties.

Always a cruel way to sort things, Forestieri saw his effort saved as the final blow for the Owls and Reading were through to the final.

So Monday 29 May will see Reading (7% Newcastle fan approval) facing Huddersfield (24%) at Wembley for the biggest prize of all, a place in the Premier League.

In terms of away games, the contrast is pretty stark between the two. There is already a shocking disparity now when it comes to Premier League clubs based in the North and South.

The other 18 confirmed round trips are detailed below but now it is a choice of 236 miles Kirklees Stadium (Huddersfield) orĀ 603 miles Madejski (Reading).

ROUND-TRIP JOURNEYS FOR NEWCASTLE FANS NEXT SEASON

231 Turf Moor (Burnley)

284 Etihad (Man City)

301 Old Trafford (Man Utd)

343 Goodison Park (Everton)

346 Anfield (Liverpool)

376 King Power (Leicester)

383 The Britannia (Stoke)

424 The Hawthorns (West Brom)

535 Vicarage Road (Watford)

544 Wembley (Tottenham)

546 Emirates (Arsenal)

560 The London Stadium (West Ham)

560 Stamford Bridge (Chelsea)

617 Selhurst Park (Crystal Palace)

656 St Mary’s Stadium (Southampton)

691 Amex Stadium (Brighton)

705 Dean Court (Bournemouth)

707 Liberty Stadium (Swansea)

Here are the suggested reasons we gave for the four clubs:

FULHAM

Positives:

No real reason to dislike them, apart from taking six points off Newcastle this season.

Newcastle would get most away tickets of the four at Craven Cottage, when you include their ‘neutral’ section.

Negatives

Likely to invest heavily in players and being in London maybe would prove to have best recruitment of the four, especially if able to borrow decent players off top London clubs – so would maybe be the toughest competition for Newcastle to finish ahead of.

Won’t bring many fans to St James Park.

Long distance for the away trip, although not bad by train.

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY

Positives:

Will definitely sell all tickets for St James Park.

Easy to get to away match.

For older Newcastle fans in particular, this one has the biggest nostalgia appeal.

Negatives

Would likely spend big similar to Fulham and would have a good go at staying up – meaning a team/club that potentially could compete with Newcastle when it comes to staying up/establishing yourself in the Premier League.

They took all six points off Newcastle this season.

HUDDERSFIELD

Positives:

Should sell all away tickets when visiting St James Park.

Would be an easy to get to away match.

Not likely to risk massive amounts of money if going up and would arguably be more likely to struggle in the Premier League and finish below Newcastle.

Negatives

David Wagner and to an extent their fans, proved a bit irritating as they competed for the automatic promotion spots.

READING

Positives:

Not likely to risk massive amounts of money if going up and would arguably be more likely to struggle in the Premier League and finish below Newcastle.

Negatives

Won’t bring many fans to St James Park.

Hardest to get to away match.

Jaap Stam made a few irritating remarks about Newcastle this past season.



  • Alex

    I’d have preferred Wednesday to go up. But, on the bright side, if Rafa is indeed seriously interested in Cairney, then this certainly helps.

  • Paul Patterson

    It’s gone perfectly for me, I’d like us to sign Tom Cairney and he wouldn’t leave Fulham if they got promoted, they haven’t so we can go in and get him.
    Plus it’s one less trip to London for the die hard away fans to endure. In that respect, come on Huddersfield.

  • Jezza

    I’m just glad we didn’t end up getting involved in the play offs to be truthful.

    • Wor Lass

      Exactly what I was thinking last night during thee penalty shoot-out!

  • Toon fan

    The 4 championship play -off games were poor. Cairney and Mooy were not outstanding, there was very few players on show who stood out with Obita and Gunter of Reading being the pick of them. I’d like Huddersfield to get up just for the sake of them having “never been in the Premier League before” . Of course football didn’t exist before 1992.

  • Jimblag23

    I’ve wanted ‘uddersfield to go up the whole time as they pushed us along and for a short spell were worthy adversaries.

  • hetonmag

    Think we are getting carried away a bit with Cairney after one good game against us, the other times I have seen him he doesn’t seem nothing special IMO, also he is over priced.

  • MadMag83

    Proof that a large number on here are idiots. I wanted a Reading v Huddersfield final. Should have taken 6 points from both off them, both will struggle in the Premier League meaning that’s one relegation place filled. Wednesday and Fulham beat us home and away so I’m glad they’re staying in the Championship.

    • Andy Mac

      I dont know why Rafa lost both games to Fulham and Wednesday but it makes sense not to have them around next season ! Then there was Blackburn ?

  • Rich Lawson

    It’s just a lottery to keep the money rolling in for Sky,after 46 games Reading have finished 3rd,4 and 5 points clear of the other 3,they deserve to go up.

  • magpiefifer

    On the basis that both Fulham and Sheff Wed did the league double over us,I am going for Reading to win the play-offs.They only took 1pt off us (Huddersfield took 3) so I’ll plump for them!

  • Sing in the Leazes

    not sure why there is no consideration of the type of football played?
    the points thing is a red herring – past performance is no guide etc… both them and us will be radically different teams next season
    the length of journey is neither here not there in the context of the whole season. If you don’t like long trips don’t live in Newcastle!
    Away fans is relevant – atmosphere is a big deal I agree.
    But we should have been rooting for Fulham cos they were great to watch. And now they are out – Huddersfield. They play typical German high tempo stuff and it’s not bad at all.
    Reading however… remember the beamback? What a terrible game of football that was.
    I spend my ticket money hoping for entertainment (atmosphere is a big part of this) first, points second and consideration of mileage is a distant third