This season just gets more and more outrageous, both on and off the pitch, with the Newcastle v Blackburn the latest example.

Friday afternoon has seen Newcastle United confirm that the game is totally sold out.

Yes Newcastle are top of the league and we are winning every week but this is a no doubt chilly Saturday afternoon a month before Christmas, against a Blackburn side in 22nd position in the Championship, who are only filling half the away end.

The Cardiff match was the first in a long long time to attract 50,000 Newcastle fans and this Blackburn game will at least match that, if not beat it, with around 50,600 home fans and 1,600 from Blackburn.

On four previous occasions there had been a bigger crowd for a home Championship match than the Cardiff crowd (51,257) but each time there was more than, or just under, three thousand away supporters.

Top crowd so far was the 52,117  who watched Wolves beat United 2-0, whilst 52,079 saw Huddersfield also emerge victorious. Ironic that the two biggest crowds so far, both watched Newcastle defeats.

The wins over Brentford and Ipswich saw attendances of 51,885 and 51,257 respectively (all of this season’s Championship crowds listed below).

A total of 404,942 (home and away fans) have attended the eight Championship home games so far (see breakdown below), at an average of 50,617.

With half season tickets now on sale, it appears almost certain to cement the chances of keeping that 50,000+ (total crowd) average right to the end of this season.

This season so far, the eight home Championship matches:

52,079 Newcastle v Huddersfield

48,209 Newcastle v Reading

49,196 Newcastle v Brighton

52,117 Newcastle v Wolves

48,236 Newcastle v Norwich

51,885 Newcastle v Brentford

51,963 Newcastle v Ipswich

51,257 Newcastle v Cardiff