Not exactly scientific but they did poll over thirteen thousand fans of the various clubs.
Based on postcodes, amusingly Manchester United and Liverpool embarrassingly have only 9% and 11% respectively of their fans living ‘locally’ and are rock bottom of the table.
The correlation of ‘support’ and success gets even deeper when the next four at the bottom are Chelsea, Manchester City, Spurs and Arsenal, with strangely Everton next bottom.
While the likes of WIgan and Norwich have a whopping 65% and 61% respectively living local, of the best supported clubs Newcastle stand out a mile with 35% living locally, well ahead of the mackems on 24%.
What it tells me is not much you didn’t know already and I think because of Newcastle’s geography, even if we were winning the double we wouldn’t attract a massive number of ‘outsiders’ to St.James’ Park.
What is clear on the other side of the coin is that Newcastle rely massively on the support of people living here and that will always be the case, floating voters will never be able to fill St.James’ Park.