Newcastle had the 3rd highest crowd over the weekend in England.
The visit of Doncaster Rovers attracted 43,949 to St. James’ Park
Newcastle’s crowd of 43,949 on Saturday was beaten only by Manchester City’s attendance of 44,906 against Fulham (2-2) on Saturday and Liverpool’s attendance of 44,188 yesterday, when the mighty Manchester United were the visitors.
And Liverpool took the Red Devils to the cleaners by a score of 2-0 with a tremendous display of skill and determination following 4 successive defeats.
We’re not sure Liverpool are as washed up as the football experts would have us believe – and they were much the better team yesterday – and without captain Steven Gerrard.
And would you believe that Alex Ferguson couldn’t even persuade referee Andre Mariner to play 20 minutes of added time – so they could make the 2 goals up – no – it seems luck just wasn’t with the Champions yesterday. We wonder what excuse Ferguson will come up for their defeat this time, as Mariner had an excellent game.
The St. James’ Park crowd was just 239 fans short of the Anfield crowd, and Doncaster Rovers are not as an attractive team as Manchester United – are they?
As Chris Hughton has said today, if the team can keep winning and remain at the top of the league it’s only going to be a matter of time this season, before we have our first sell-out of 52,000 at the St. James’ Park Cathedral.
It must be really annoying for those football reporters who said (or should that be hoped) the Newcastle support would drop off dramatically in the second division – well would you believe it – the experts are wrong yet again.
In the 7 home league games so far, Newcastle’s average gate is now 41,251.