Despite the fact that we were actually relegated last season Newcastle were the 3rd best supported club in the land based on average home attendances.
The legendary Newcastle fans
With an average home attendance of 48,750 we were only behind Manchester United (75,304) and Arsenal (60,040) in England, and yes – we’ll be the first to say that these clubs have bigger stadium capacities than Newcastle’s Sports Direct Stadium – whoops that may be a bit premature – sorry.
Now we have a simple question.
Were Manchester United and Arsenal better teams than us last season?
Answer – of course they were, and streets ahead of us – but that’s makes our point as to why the Newcastle fan base is just unbelievable!
I mean – come on – Manchester United wins most things most seasons, so it’s kind of easy to support them. It’s so easy to support a team that wins most of their games and is European Champions two years ago and beaten finalists last year, and has some of the world’s best players.
Try supporting Newcastle United if you want a challenge in life. 😀
Arsenal are a great team to watch, but haven’t won much for a few seasons, but that may change this year, since they’ve looked a side reborn under Arsene Wenger.
In Europe Manchester United were the top supported team, followed by Borussia Dortmund (74,748), Barcelona (71,045), Real Madrid (70,816), Bayern Munich (69,000), Shalke (61,442) and then Arsenal (60,040).
One thing that surprised us a little was how well the German clubs are supported, but I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised.
Newcastle were in 18th place in Europe, down from 12th place the previous season – when we were not relegated and Kevin Keegan was the manager at season’s end.
It’s interesting that if we maintain our home gates of around 41,000 this season, we’d still be England’s 6th best supported club, just behind Liverpool and Manchester City – on least season’s numbers.
We know what it would be like if we were successful – like when Bobby Robson managed the club – a sellout average of 52,336, and last season that would have us in 14th place in Europe.
Sunderland were in 7th place in England and 24th in Europe with 40,168.
Middlesbrough were nowhere to be seen, which is not surprising, since their support is hopeless compared to their two North East neighbors, and that’s not an opinion – just the facts based on the numbers – so please don’t send any more more more nasty notes, Middlesbrough fans.
If we can come back this season, and really start to build a top team again, the next step for Newcastle is to expand the Sports Direct Stadium to at least a 60,000 capacity – and with a decent team we should be able to average that sell-0ut attendance in our home games, as we did when Bobby managed the club.
Did I just call St. James’ Park the Sports Direct Stadium again? So sorry for the second time.
Howay The Lads!!