Newcastle United are currently on course to record a remarkable achievement.
No, I’m not talking about Rafa Benitez on this occasion, or our new look team, instead it is the Newcastle fans holding centre stage.
Last season Newcastle were the 13th best supported team in Europe (see the whole Top 20 below), with a home average league gate of 49,751 at St James Park throughout the 2015/16 campaign.
This season so far, there have been three home Championship matches:
52,079 Newcastle v Huddersfield
48,209 Newcastle v Reading
49,196 Newcastle v Brighton
A total of 149,484 attending the games so far – An average of 49,828.
With Newcastle’s ever improving form, huge season ticket uptake this season and interest from fans of other clubs in coming to St James Park (Wolves have confirmed that they have sold all 3,200 away tickets for Saturday) – there is no sign that anything is going to change in the coming weeks/months.
As it stands, Newcastle are currently on course to be in the top most watched clubs in Europe, with only Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund set to be watched by more fans in league home games.
These figures below have taken the average home attendance for each of the best supported clubs for last (2015/16) season, to give a total number of projected match-going supporters over the course of this season. Newcastle’s figure though based on the average so far from the first three home games.
Newcastle United have 23 home matches in the Championship, whilst the top leagues in England and Spain have 19 home games, with only 17 in the Bundesliga.
Yes more games for Newcastle but remember, every one of those tickets has to be paid for.
At times we do take for granted the mad crowds that Newcastle attract but if this current average is maintained at St James Park this season, it will be a truly stunning display of support in the second tier.
Projected total league home attendances 2016/17:
1,498,739 Barcelona (19 x 78,881)
1,430,301 Manchester United (19 x 75,729)
1,380,026 Borussia Dortmund (17 x 81,178)
1,324,984 Real Madrid (19 x 69,736)
1,275,000 Bayern Munich (17 x 75,000)
1,146,044 Newcastle United (23 x 49,828)
1,138,936 Arsenal (19 x 59,944)
1,043,562 Schalke (17 x 61,386)
1,026,779 Manchester City (19 x 54,041)
2015/16 average home attendances in Europe, plus average percentage of capacity sold – Stats via Stadium DB:
81,178 Borussia Dortmund 99.8%
78,881 Barcelona 79.3%
75,279 Manchester United 99.5%
75,000 Bayern Munich 99.9%
69,736 Real Madrid 81.6%
61,386 Schalke 98.6%
59,944 Arsenal 99.5%
54,041 Manchester City 98.1%
53,700 Hamburger 93.6%
51,983 Stuttgart 86.0%
51,715 Borussia Monchengladbach 95.8%
50,322 Benfica 76.7%
49,704 Hertha BSC 66.4%
49,206 Ajax 91.7%
48,676 Cologne 96.6%
47,324 Feyenoord 92.6%
46,676 Eintracht Frankfurt 89.2%
46,160 PSG 96.3%
45,538 Inter Milan 56.0%