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Nice for Newcastle fans to visit but you wouldn’t want to live here

4 years ago
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Close your eyes…

When Leeds and Newcastle line up on Sunday, just close your eyes and it will feel like you are back in the Premier League.

Remarkably, we have all become used to fifty thousand crowds at St James Park this season in the Championship but the game at Elland Road is very likely to be the biggest we’ll see on the road.

A sold out stadium of around thirty seven or so thousand will provide a fitting stage for two in-form teams, with potentially only the Sheffield Wednesday away game at Hillsborough capable of beating Sunday’s gate.

We are brainwashed into thinking that match-going fans aren’t all that important these days, with money and armchair supporters being put on a pedestal.

However, football is nothing without people and tens of thousands devoting time and money to get to a game is what it is all about.

The Championship is quite remarkable in itself, as it vies with Serie A to be the fourth most watched by paying match-going spectators in Europe, only the Premier League, Bundesliga and La Liga guaranteed to be more popular.

Ironically though, it is also the league that clubs are most desperate to get out of.

The disparity between the riches of the Premier League and slim pickings of the Championship has never been greater.

It’s proving a great place to visit so far for Newcastle fans but you wouldn’t want to live here permanently.

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