Championship crowds are suffering with Sunderland having replaced Newcastle.

With 11 matches played so far, Sunderland have seen over 150,000 less fans watching their games, compared to the corresponding(***) Newcastle matches last season.

Down below I have detailed the crowds for each of Sunderland’s matches so far and in brackets is the attendance at the corresponding fixture Newcastle played last season.

(***Sunderland have played promoted Sheffield United at home and so I have used Newcastle’s crowd at home to promoted Wigan last season, the same with Sunderland at fellow relegated club Hull – I have used Newcastle’s crowd at Villa last season)

Sunderland 1 Derby 1 – 29,578 (52,271)

Norwich 1 Sunderland 3 – 26,343 (26,841)

Sheff Wed 1 Sunderland 1 – 27,631 (28,883)

Sunderland 0 Leeds 2 – 31,237 (52,301)

Barnsley 3 Sunderland 0 – 15,697 (18,597)

Sunderland 1 Sheff Utd 2 – 29,579 (51,849 – NUFC v Wigan))

Sunderland 0 Forest 1 – 26,061 (52,228)

Hull 1 Sunderland 1 – 16,597 (32,062 – Villa v NUFC)

Sunderland 1 Cardiff 2 – 25,733 (51,257)

Ipswich 5 Sunderland 2 – 14,907 (25,684)

Preston 2 Sunderland 2 – 17,621 (20,724)

In total, 260,984 have watched Sunderland’s 11 games so far, whereas the total for Newcastle was 412,697.

In every game listed above, Newcastle fans helped deliver a bigger crowd. The only two that came close are Norwich away, with the Canaries pretty much selling their ground out every game, as well as the Sheffield Wednesday games – the Owls refusing to give Newcastle fans a bigger allocation last season.

Whilst Sunderland fans deserted their team and new manager in their hour of need, from the first games home and away last season, Newcastle fans stuck with Rafa Benitez and the team. The opening game seeing an astonishing 7,000+ Newcastle fans going to Fulham for a televised Friday night match, then a sell out in the first home game against Huddersfield, both matches were defeats but that didn’t stop the support remaining consistent.

The stats also prove that Sunderland are nowhere near the draw for opposition fans that Newcastle proved to be last season.

Sunderland fans were quick to say how Rafa Benitez would struggle and how easy the Championship was, so very amusing to see half the Mackems don’t even bother to now turn up for home games due to relegation.

If Newcastle fans had acted in a similar way, then very hard to see that the team would have been galvanised in such a way, despite Rafa Benitez’ talents.

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  • Scottie Chugger Dearden

    In all fairness when Nufc fans were shelling out money for a ticket they had hope every Saturday of going back up and a winning feeling! At the moment what do Sunderland have to look forward to? If I was a dark side supporter I’d be the same and turn my back on going cause it can’t be a happy place at the moment.

    • Albert Stubbins

      Cheeseee chips with peeyta reeeeyd?

  • Geordiegiants

    Inferior in every way!

    • mus

      especially waist size

      • Geordiegiants

        Don’t think so have you seen the women.

  • Steve Pearce

    Dale – this is The Mag and it is for all matters concerning Newcastle United. So my advice to you is to crawl back to Scumderland as we don’t give a flying Donald Duck what you have to say!

  • Bobby Stokoe

    How sad and pathetically obsessed. The 6 in a row really did hurt the unwashed.

  • Toon

    Oh dear, this is very sad and obsessive, small club mentality constantly comparing ourselves to others in effort to look the bigger club with the loyalist fans, desperate times

  • Dave H

    Sunderland fan here – Newcastle have more fans than us. In fact, Newcastle have more fans than most teams in the entire continent of Europe. My team has historically the 10th best league attendance figures in England, for both post war, and all time – i’m quite comfortable with that, even quite proud given the smallish size of the city and catchment area. The only thing i don’t know, is how many we could get in, if our team actually started winning regularly.

    • Monkseaton Magpies

      Respect every fan who goes to games be it Crewe, Millwall or Oldham most clubs only have two to three hundred good supporters max the rest are plastic. How many go to every game home and away a handful from any club.

  • darren

    a take it the girlfriend hunt isn’t going to well Dale? can’t believe someone would actually take time out there lives to write this pretty sad

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    I’d rather we don’t have articles like this. We’re on shaky ground when many of the Mag contributors tell us how great they are as fans by boycotting the club.