Newcastle United’s players will benefit from their biggest away support of the season when they play at Craven Cottage today.

With away tickets usually capped at a 3,000 maximum and the club opting out of the cups as early as possible, it has meant no chance of seeing the Blackburn/Wigan size support of recent years gone by – never mind the old-style joys of pay at the gate and terracing.

biggest away supportHowever, in the capital today Newcastle will have 2,900 official away fans, plus at least a couple of thousand more in the ‘neutral’ section alongside the away area.

It also gives fans the rarest of opportunities of being able to sit (stand?) with their fellow United supporters without having to fork out an extra £30 to be an NUFC member, even if it is the only away match they can manage all season.

So everybody is a winner today – Fulham get more cash, Newcastle get more fans into the ground and all we need now is for the team to perform…

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