Newcastle United have recorded their highest home attendance for more than 35 years.
Newcastle’s famous fans
Sunday’s last home game against league leaders Manchester City, saw 52,389 supporters in the ground to watch Newcastle take on league leaders Manchester City, which we fianlly lost 2-0, after a brave effort.
That was the biggest attendance at the ground since 1976, but the attendance for the home game against Sunderland this season was 52,388 supports – just one less than Sunday’s attendance, so it’s a bit of a technicality – the ground officially holds 52,387.
So in the Manchester City and Sunderland games they were over that attendance, so I suppose we had better keep quiet about that.
By our reckoning Newcastle have had full houses in 2012 for the home games against Manchester United, Wolves, Sunderland, Liverpool, Bolton, Stoke and Manchester City, and Newcastle won all of those games except a draw against Wolves and the defeat against Manchester City.
In early December we also had a sell-out for the Chelsea game – and we are saying it’s a full house if the crowd is over 52,200.
There have been 948,777 fans through the gates for the 19 home league games this season, and that’s an average of 49,936 – and while that’s good if the lads do as well or better next season, we expect the average crowd to be even higher than that.
In the listing of average home crowds as a percentage of the capacity, Newcastle are only in 11th place, It’s interesting that Norwich are top on 101.5% – over capacity, followed by Manchester United and Arsenal at 99.4% and 99.2%, with Newcastle on 95.3%.
It’s hardly surprising that Blackburn are bottom of the table on 71.8% but Sunderland are 3rd bottom on only 78.9%, which is a little surprising.
On total average attendance Newcastle are only behind Manchester United (75,387) and Arsenal (60,000).
And with the Newcastle hierarchy keen to have the stadium full for each home game, the half price season ticket deal that Newcastle put into effect earlier in the season, should guarantee big crowds from now on.
That’s even though Newcastle seem to be limiting what they could get from St. James’ Park match day receipts, but it’s good to have the ground completely full.
Then we scare the living daylights out of most teams. 😀