After the ‘excitement’ of the January transfer window, it is Newcastle v QPR tonight.
As well as the all important three points, it will also be interesting to see what the crowd is for this match.
St James Park has seen a remarkable 665,794 fans pass through the turnstiles so far this season in the Championship, the 13 home league games have seen an average of 51,215, many of them with fully sold out away allocations.
However, whilst Derby fans quickly bought up their entire 3,200 allocation, this Newcastle v QPR game is a different matter.
QPR gave their supporters until 5pm on Tuesday (yesterday) to buy tickets and the final figure is 610 QPR fans will be making the journey, some 2,600 less than those that have filled the away end.
Of course, the crowd will be excellent compared to any other Championship club and indeed most Premier League ones, but it would be a shame to see it drop below that 50,000 mark.
The lowest Championship attendance so far at St James Park was the 48,209 for the Reading match and the next lowest being when Norwich visited and 48,236 were present, no coincidence that these were also midweek matches with clubs that didn’t have a great traveling support.
The only other crowd to fall below the 50k mark was bizarrely the Saturday game against Brighton in August, with 49,196 paying to watch Chris Hughton’s visit.
It would be quite remarkable if the attendance does reach that 50,000 mark again, this being a midweek match after a financially tough Christmas/January, a more attractive game on Saturday, live on TV and with only the 610 travelling supporters.
Championship matches at St James Park 2016/17
A total of 665,794 for the first 13 Championship games at St James Park at an average of 51,215;
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
52,092 Newcastle v Blackburn
52,145 Newcastle v Birmingham
52,179 Newcastle v Sheffield Wednesday
52,208 Newcastle v Rotherham