Below I have shown the average attendances at Newcastle United this season, compared to the average crowds in Spain, France and Italy’s top divisions.
Newcastle United (Rafa Benitez!) have attracted a remarkable 51,108 on average every week this season.
Plus, remember there are far more games in the Championship than in these leagues on the continent, so Newcastle’s average is over 23 home matches, whilst in Ligue 1, Serie A and La Liga, they have only 19 home games to attend.
So here are the top four average attendances from each of La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1, compared to Newcastle United’s in 2016/17 (figures taken from worldfootball.net:
69,321 Real Madrid
51,108 Newcastle United
47,463 Inter Milan
44,297 Atletico Madrid
40,252 AC Milan
It is a remarkable achievement that Newcastle United have had bigger crowds in the English second tier, than every club in Italy – including Inter and AC, every club in France – including PSG and Marseille, plus every club in Spain with the obvious exceptions of Barca and Real Madrid.
Newcastle fans should be proud of this and be aware that football fans in Europe are very aware of our club and its incredible support, as well as the potential it has of competing at the top.
It is just a desperate shame that despite filling St James Park in the Championship, Mike Ashley is determined to press ahead with his development of student flats, hotels and offices on land (the lease on which was part of what he bought when purchasing Newcastle United) opposite the Gallowgate End, which will only benefit him financially and means no realistic chance of ever expanding St James Park in the future.
The potential of our club is there for anybody to see and in Rafa Benitez we have somebody who could just, if he gets the right backing, fulfil some of that potential.
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