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Newcastle fan preference for the Championship Play-Offs not exactly going to plan

5 years ago

Last week we asked Newcastle fans who they would like to see win the Championship play-offs.

When the voting ended, this is how Newcastle supporters expressed their promotion preference:

40% Sheffield Wednesday

29% Fulham

24% Huddersfield

7% Reading

It looked arguably the hardest four team showdown that there has ever been to call, with none of the four looking to have a clear advantage over the other. Likewise, there is no clear outsider who looks to have little/no chance.

This is how the matches have so far proved, with very tight games, though they haven’t exactly gone as Newcastle fans had hoped…

After a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage, Reading hosted Fulham on Tuesday and a very close game saw Jaap Stam’s team emerge as winners with the only goal of the game being a disputed penalty.

Moving on to Wednesday night and Sheffield Wednesday were home to Huddersfield with the aggregate score at 0-0 after the away leg.

The most popular Newcastle fan choice to go up, looked to be working out. Sheffield Wednesday taking a 51st minute lead through former Mackem Steven Fletcher, only for a 73rd minute own goal to level it.

No more goals in normal or extra time, meant penalties.

Always a cruel way to sort things, Forestieri saw his effort saved as the final blow for the Owls and Reading were through to the final.

So Monday 29 May will see Reading (7% Newcastle fan approval) facing Huddersfield (24%) at Wembley for the biggest prize of all, a place in the Premier League.

In terms of away games, the contrast is pretty stark between the two. There is already a shocking disparity now when it comes to Premier League clubs based in the North and South.

The other 18 confirmed round trips are detailed below but now it is a choice of 236 miles Kirklees Stadium (Huddersfield) or 603 miles Madejski (Reading).


231 Turf Moor (Burnley)

284 Etihad (Man City)

301 Old Trafford (Man Utd)

343 Goodison Park (Everton)

346 Anfield (Liverpool)

376 King Power (Leicester)

383 The Britannia (Stoke)

424 The Hawthorns (West Brom)

535 Vicarage Road (Watford)

544 Wembley (Tottenham)

546 Emirates (Arsenal)

560 The London Stadium (West Ham)

560 Stamford Bridge (Chelsea)

617 Selhurst Park (Crystal Palace)

656 St Mary’s Stadium (Southampton)

691 Amex Stadium (Brighton)

705 Dean Court (Bournemouth)

707 Liberty Stadium (Swansea)

Here are the suggested reasons we gave for the four clubs:



No real reason to dislike them, apart from taking six points off Newcastle this season.

Newcastle would get most away tickets of the four at Craven Cottage, when you include their ‘neutral’ section.


Likely to invest heavily in players and being in London maybe would prove to have best recruitment of the four, especially if able to borrow decent players off top London clubs – so would maybe be the toughest competition for Newcastle to finish ahead of.

Won’t bring many fans to St James Park.

Long distance for the away trip, although not bad by train.



Will definitely sell all tickets for St James Park.

Easy to get to away match.

For older Newcastle fans in particular, this one has the biggest nostalgia appeal.


Would likely spend big similar to Fulham and would have a good go at staying up – meaning a team/club that potentially could compete with Newcastle when it comes to staying up/establishing yourself in the Premier League.

They took all six points off Newcastle this season.



Should sell all away tickets when visiting St James Park.

Would be an easy to get to away match.

Not likely to risk massive amounts of money if going up and would arguably be more likely to struggle in the Premier League and finish below Newcastle.


David Wagner and to an extent their fans, proved a bit irritating as they competed for the automatic promotion spots.



Not likely to risk massive amounts of money if going up and would arguably be more likely to struggle in the Premier League and finish below Newcastle.


Won’t bring many fans to St James Park.

Hardest to get to away match.

Jaap Stam made a few irritating remarks about Newcastle this past season.


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