Birmingham Manager in awe of ‘unbelievable’ away following coming to Newcastle
Birmingham fans are filling the away end at St James Park on Saturday and Manager Gary Rowett has described the backing on the road from Blues supporters as ‘unbelievable’.
Birmingham took an initial allocation for the Newcastle game of 2,326 but these were instantly sold, so a further 858 were made available and the Brummies have 3,184 in total.
Ten days ago (Mon 28 November) Birmingham City announced there were less than 200 tickets remaining, so the club currently in fifth place, nine points behind Newcastle, will be the latest to take the maximum number of supporters to St James Park.
This looks as though it will surely guarantee yet another fifty thousand+ crowd on Saturday, for what will be the seventh time this season in the Championship.
The exceptions being the midweek matches against Reading (48,209) and Norwich (48,236), plus rather surprisingly the visit of Brighton (49,196 ), though none of the three came anywhere near close to filling the Leazes away seats.
Since September however, the lowest crowd for a Championship game at St James Park was the 51,257 there to see NUFC beat Cardiff 2-1.
The Birmingham boss does though make the point that 3,184 away fans inside St James Park, is a lot different to taking similar numbers to the likes of Fulham (Birmingham won 1-0 there earlier this season, 17,603 there, rather than 50,000+) in terms of how noticeable they are.
“I am grateful to them and it will make a huge difference to the team.
“Having played at St James Park, you won’t quite get the feeling of the Fulham away following, it will look like there is three people in the corner!
“But in terms of their commitment and support for the team it’s brilliant.
“They have been unbelievable the away fans, some of our best days I would say at this Club so far have been some of the away games.
“Probably one of the moments that sticks in my mind was the Derby game and after going 2-0 down, we scored the second goal to equalise and the fans were just going nuts.
“As a manager, you watch it and that’s what you want to see your fans, you want to see them rewarded for a costly day out that often can go against them and hopefully we can do that on Saturday. “
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