The FA Cup third round attendances had many talking points.
You could use many of the crowds to back up the argument of fans turning their backs on the competition, largely due to the way clubs are treating it as a second class competition and fielding seriously weakened teams.
However, on the other hand, there were still some very decent crowds at the other end of the spectrum.
The biggest crowds in the 3rd round were:
74,396 Manchester United 4 Reading 0
56,975 West Ham 0 Manchester City 5
52,692 Liverpool 0 Plymouth 0
41,003 Chelsea 4 Peterborough 1
35,493 Everton 1 Leicester 2
34,896 Newcastle 3 Birmingham 1
31,182 Tottenham v Aston Villa
When it came to our local rivals, Sunderland v Burnley pulled in a massive 17,632 at the weekend, around half of the crowd at St James Park last night.
Interestingly, even Middlesbrough were better supported than the mackems, with Boro v Sheff Wed having an attendance of 23,661 – though that did include 3,200 away supporters.
As for the other midweek FA Cup third round attendances we had:
7,149 Crystal Palace 2 Bolton 1
13,517 Southampton 1 Norwich 0
12,257 Burnley 2 Sunderland 0
A quick count up of those three Premier League clubs’ attendances in their third round replays sees a total figure of 32,924 – meaning Newcastle’s gate against Birmingham was higher than those three combined.