Newcastle and Sunderland fans have helped set a League Cup attendance record this midweek.
Never before had the total number of fans exceeded three hundred thousand in round four of the League Cup.
However, the 49,042 who turned up at St James Park on Tuesday night for Newcastle 6 Preston 0 have helped smash that statistic.
A record 341,942 watched the eight EFL Cup matches on Tuesday/Wednesday, a total which included 1,228 Sunderland fans down at Southampton.
All the crowd figures are below and ironic that at a time when people are forever doing down the competition and managers ‘using their squads’ (Newcastle/Preston made 16 changes between them), that such a number of paying supporters should make the effort.
Obviously a number of factors helped, with some of the best supported teams in the country drawn at home – but people still need to turn up.
On that point, I was quite surprised how few supporters (for both sides) ar Southampton v Sunderland, whilst the Leeds crowd is really poor as well, ironic coming the day before they announce they are giving Newcastle fans less than three thousand tickets, for a match where NUFC could easily take over ten thousand supporters to.
75,196 Manchester United 1 Manchester City 0
59,865 Arsenal 2 Reading 0
53,051 Liverpool 2 Spurs 1
49,042 Newcastle 6 Preston 0
45,957 West Ham 2 Chelsea 0
22,222 Leeds 2 Norwich 2 (Leeds won on penalties)
21,460 Southampton 1 Sunderland 0 (included 1,228 Sunderland fans)
16,149 Bristol City 1 Hull City 2
(In case you missed it, the quarter final matches are played W/C Monday 28 November and as well as Hull v Newcastle, it is Liverpool v Leeds, Arsenal v Southampton and Man Utd v West Ham)