A table of the clubs with the highest average attendances in Europe(*) so far, has just been published.
The table includes those clubs drawn from the (*)’big five’ European Leagues – England, Germany, Spain, France and Italy.
The table shows that Borussia Dortmund is way out top with an average of 83,144 in their four home league games so far.
German clubs dominate the top 20 placings with nine clubs featuring, a testament to the size and quality of their stadiums, plus reasonable prices and great atmospheres assisted by fans standing at games in special ‘safe standing’ areas.
Unlike when it comes to generating money, there are only five Premier League clubs in that top 20.
Manchester United the highest at number three, with Barcelona one above.
Arsenal are then seventh and Manchester City with their newly increased capacity have overtaken Newcastle and sit ninth in these highest average attendances.
Newcastle are still in a remarkable 13th place, considering that the team have only won three Premier League matches at St James Park this calendar year and not a single one this season.
We have included the table down to 26th place where our neighbours creep into the picture.
(Table taken from the Inside World Football website in a feature about European attendances)
With clubs such as Liverpool, Spurs and West Ham amongst others increasing their current stadium’s capacity or moving to a larger one, Newcastle’s place in the Premier League list is almost certain to slide further, whilst failure on the pitch and Mike Ashley’s running of the club will continue to test those currently going to St James Park.