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The clubs with 30 highest FA Cup attendances in 2019 – Tells a story for Newcastle United and others

2 years ago
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FA Cup attendances have been a growing news story in recent years.

Although ‘growing’ might not be the best choice of words where FA Cup attendances are the topic.

Teams increasingly weaker and with the clubs not seeming to care, many supporters have followed their lead.

I happened to catch some of the West Brom v Brighton FA Cup fourth round reply on Wednesday night and at first I thought for some reason, it must be being played behind closed doors.

However, I did eventually pick out a small number of fans on the TV and this morning I checked the ‘crowd’, only 8,645 there to see Brighton eventually win 3-1 after extra time and go into the fifth round.

To put this into perspective with Newcastle United…

The club hasn’t won the FA Cup for 64 years now.

Hasn’t reached the FA Cup fifth round for 13 years, including all 12 years under Mike Ashley.

Everybody hates Ashley, nobody thought there was any chance whatsoever of Newcastle winning the FA Cup this season.

No fan even thought NUFC would try to win the FA Cup this season, due to Mike Ashley having demanded a profit in the 2018 summer transfer window rather than allowing proper investment in the squad to ensure no relegation battle.

Everybody knew that there would be a seriously weakened team put out by Rafa Benitez in any cup matches.

Yet….

There were 36,440 at St James Park for the visit of Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup third round.

Then 34,604 when Watford visited in the fourth round and knocked Newcastle out.

To put this further into perspective, here are the average home FA Cup attendances in the 2019 competition for each club, the top 30 via World Football:

As you can, 71,044 have paid to see Newcastle United at home in the FA Cup this season, with only three clubs having more.

Even when it comes to averages, you only have six clubs higher than Newcastle’s 35,522 average, and those are all clubs who have aspirations to try and win the competition.

Of the six Premier League clubs below Newcastle in terms of average FA Cup attendances, Brighton is the highest with 20,001.

As for our local rivals… Middlesbrough are in 20th with 13,721, whilst Sunderland are embarrassingly down in 29th spot with only 8,212 for their 2019 FA Cup average home attendance.

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