Newcastle spark biggest crowds of season for 6 of 8 Championship clubs so far
Newcastle United fans have bought up every single away ticket so far this season.
On top of that, there have been Newcastle supporters sneaking into the away ends at every game as well, with Preston fans taking umbrage at just how many managed it on Saturday.
As well as averaging over fifty thousand at St James Park, it is clear that at other Championship clubs, the presence of Newcastle United is seeing increased revenues/crowds.
The latest example is Leeds United, with the Elland Road club announcing on Wednesday morning that they had sold out 18 days ahead of the match.
To put it into context, this is the first sold out league game for Leeds since 2010.
Newcastle have played eight matches away from home so far, so how many of the NUFC matches have proved to be the biggest crowds of the season for the host clubs?
These are the eight clubs, with their highest crowd figure of the season at home so far, with the lowest in brackets (all stats from soccerstats, apart from they hadn’t updated with latest round of fixtures incl Preston v Newcastle)
Fulham 23,922 (15,288)
Bristol City 22,512 (17,635)
Derby County 31,205 (26,425)
QPR 17,404 (12,552)
Aston Villa 34,924 (29,752)
Rotherham 11,653 (8,348)
Barnsley 18,597 (11,613)
Preston 20,724 (9,216)
Newcastle United have delivered six of those eight highest totals above. The biggest extreme being Saturday at Preston, when the game attracted over eleven and a half thousand more people than the lowest crowd so far at Deepdale.
The two exceptions above?
Those would be Aston Villa and Derby County.
Derby pulled in 30,405 against Newcastle but beat that with 31,205 v Aston Villa.
Aston Villa had a crowd of 32,062 against Newcastle but their highest crowd so far was 34,924 v Huddersfield.
The two Newcastle matches at Derby and Villa were Saturday teatime matches live on TV, which no doubt would have put some home fans off bothering, whilst of course Villa refused to give Newcastle fans more than a bare minimum of tickets and chose instead to keep large sections of Villa Park closed off.
Interesting to see how this develops over the season and we will bring you updated stats as Newcastle’s Championship campaign moves on.
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