With one games each to play, Newcastle United are in a three-way battle with Aston Villa and Leeds United to see which Championship club has the highest away attendances over the course of the season.
This is the total crowds at away matches, not just how many away fans have travelled.
Newcastle visit Cardiff this Friday 28 April, whilst Blackburn host Aston Villa on Saturday 29 April, with Leeds going to Wigan on the final day – Sunday 7 May.
The total away attendances after 22 matches are as follows:
495,484 Aston Villa – An average away crowd of 22,522
492,612 Leeds United – An average away crowd of 22,391
488,428 Newcastle United – An average away crowd of 22,201
It may be a surprise for many Newcastle supporters that NUFC aren’t top when it comes to average away attendances but Villa and Leeds have had a secret weapon…Newcastle fans!
Obviously both Villa and Leeds have had the benefit of visiting St James Park.
When comparing the Newcastle matches home and away against Leeds and Aston Villa, there is a significant advantage for the other two clubs.
When Villa came to St James Park the crowd was 50,024, whilst in the reverse game at Villa Park it was 32,062 – an advantage of 17,962 for Aston Villa when it comes to total away attendances.
The same story with Leeds, at Elland Road there was a crowd of 36,002 and then at St James Park it was 52,301, an extra 16,299 going on the Leeds United total.
If you ruled out the matches between the three clubs then Newcastle United would be well ahead.
Cardiff average 16,265 at home this season, Blackburn 12,270, and Wigan 11,560
Sadly this looks one minor Championship battle that Newcastle look destined to lose, needing to have a swing of over 4,184 on Leeds and over 7,056 on Villa.
Playing live on TV on Friday night, with Cardiff having nothing to play for, is hardly going to help. Whilst one of the most difficult away journeys of the season hasn’t been helped with the Friday night slot for Newcastle fans wanting to travel.
Whereas, at this moment in time both Blackburn and Wigan still have a chance of staying up, so it should boost the home fans’ attendance. Whilst easy daytime away trips for both Villa and Leeds supporters will also boost the numbers for the final away trip of the season, plus Garry Monk’s team still have a chance of promotion at this moment in time.