Those cynics who said that Newcastle’s support is not what it’s made out to be – will be left eating their words this season.
This is Newcastle United – Howay The Lads!!
The gossip press (the London-based press?) had scoffed, after Newcastle got relegated last May, about just good the Newcastle support will be in the second division this season.
But only the fantastic Manchester Derby game yesterday – what a game! – and the Arsenal home game against Wigan drew bigger crowds than at St. James’ Park.
42,898 souls turned up on Saturday to watch a game against the bottom of the league side, Plymouth – and these are not the best fans in the land?.
Here are the top crowds in England over the weekend:
- Manchester United ve Manchester City 75,066
- Arsenal vs Wigan 59,103
- Newcastle vs Plymouth 42,898
- Chelsea vs Tottenham 41,623
The Chelsea crowd was almost a sell-out, as Stamford Bridge currently holds only 42,449, which is smaller than Newcastle’s gate on Saturday.
And for the record, in the four home league games so far this season, Newcastle have a cumulative attendance of 162,559 and an average home league gate of 40,640.
That fan support is not too bad – for a second division side.
And it was the 4th highest in Britain as Celtic had a crowd of 58,024 in their game against Hearts yesterday, up in bonnie Scotland.
And of course these Newcastle crowds will one day hopefully persuade Barclays Bank that Barry Moat deserves a bigger overdraft limit, than the £10M being offered.
They have afforded Mike Ashley an overdraft limit of £25M, based on his financial clout presumably.
And that seems almost the last thing standing in the way of his purchase of the club, and the much welcomed exit of a certain Mike Ashley from the Toon.
Here’s wishing and hoping.