The Huge Benefits Of Having Newcastle In The Championship

The last time we were in the Championship back in 2009 most of the clubs were very pleased that such a big club like Newcastle United were in England’s second division, because it made money for them.

But we weren’t so pleased as I recall.


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When Newcastle visited other grounds there were good attendances and there were a lot of sell-outs as Newcastle were not only a huge club but also top of the league for many weeks  over that 2009-2010 season.

And the Championship players looked forward to the opportunity of playing at St. James’ Park, which is one of the best stadiums in all of Britain.

The same thing seems to be happening this season with Fulham being a sell-out last Friday for the first time in a very long time.

Out first home game of the season against Huddersfield Town this coming Saturday is almost certain to be a sell-out too, with over 52,000 fans expected to be in attendance.

So it looks like Newcastle will play at a number of sold-out stadiums this season – that’s great but we also need to start winning games and make that a regular occurrence – as soon as possible.

We play Rotherham on Saturday, 1st October and the Yorkshire club are reporting that all of their hospitality and sponsorship packages are already sold out for that match.

Mark Hitchens is the Head of Commercial sales at Rotherham and he had this to say:

“There has been so much interest in the sponsorship and hospitality this season, and we expected the games against the likes of Newcastle would be popular.”

“I think we are a little surprised just how many people wanted to be involved in this game, resulting in rapid sales.”

By the time we play Rotherham we will have played 10 league games and we hope we are at the top of the league table.

Comments welcome.

Note: The initiative “It’s Not Just Black and White” was partly inspired by the recent sad paparazzi photos of Paul Gascoigne, and a number of supporters have banded together to draw attention to the complexities of mental health and alcoholism – their action line is “It’s not just black and white”.

The group is not asking for donations but is simply keen to raise awareness of the problem through their web-site here.

26 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 10, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #1

    dummet was ran absolutely ragged against fulham. i would have kept him as the reserve CH instead of Clark and or Hanley.

    what is really worrying is no playmaker in sight. can’t count shelvey as has had, whu game apart, zero impact. i would throw 12m at forestieri and 10m at knockaert because our current midfield / strike force will not get us back to the promised land..

  • Wayayman

    Aug 10, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #2

    Doesn’t someone on here know Dummett personally? I remember a post very recently when he said that he got from the horses mouth that Dummett sees himself as a left back and NOT a central defender.

  • lordy_geordie

    Aug 10, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #3

    From last thread. Oldgit. I dont have hatred for him as he trys his best. Sadly his best is good enough for basement champ tesms only. Did you watch fulham? He was vlearly our worse player

  • 2_goal_tino

    Aug 10, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #4

    Wayayman – As far as I can remember, a commenter’s girlfriend’s best mate is friends with Dummett.

    Did find this quote from him though: “A few people have said that I could be a centre-back long-term. It doesn’t really matter to me as long as I’m playing. I will play anywhere the manager wants me to play. If I need to go to centre-back or somewhere else, then that’s fine for me.”

    This does appear to suggest that he doesn’t really see himself first and foremost as a CB at the moment. (Source:

  • hibbitt

    Aug 10, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #5

    i think it was you that was not watching the fulham game as Dummett was clearly not our our worst player

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 10, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #6


    dummet, colback and perez all had shockers

  • hibbitt

    Aug 10, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Rotonda heights

    and others

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 10, 2016 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #8

    Will Rafa play Sissoko:-

    “The thinking behind Benitez using the former Toulouse man is to make the most of a player he still rates highly – whether that be for one or two games or for the first half of the season.

    Sissoko may also benefit more personally from staying in the shop window rather than rotting in the reserves.

    And while Sissoko does not want to stay at Newcastle, he still has plenty of respect for Benitez after the Spaniard got the best out of him towards the end of the season and made him captain.”

  • toon kk

    Aug 10, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #9

    The standard of championship teams has grown over the years, surprising how many could give premier league clubs a good game.
    We have lost the major back bone of our first team, loosing Gini, Townsend and once whether people like it or not but once Sissoko goes were just a (probably) mid tabled squad ready for championship football.

  • Jib

    Aug 10, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #10

    I think we may not have had a tickle for Sissoko and Rafa may well have the task ( well within his talents ) of restoring the fans trust in Moussa !

    I think the Frenchman may just have had one of Rafa’s cunning plans inflicted on him – he had a good idea no club would meet the valuation.

    Rafa has dealt with more recalcitrant , egotistical , footballers than most of us have had hot dinners.

  • Belfast

    Aug 10, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #11

    I thought you where going to cheer up this season toonkk? Yer slipping back into depression again. 🙂

  • Jib

    Aug 10, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #12

    A lot of the foreign media are well impressed with David Stonebank the Toon fan who got a Mackem tatoo as part of an appeal for a cancer-suffering relative.

  • Jib

    Aug 10, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #13

    tattoo even

  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 10, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #14

    Though Galloway was arriving today?

  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 10, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #15


  • tomellifred360

    Aug 10, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #16

    Fantasy Football League for NUFC fans. All welcome to join.

  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 10, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #17

    No way to tell whether we’re a mid table Championship team yet toon kk mate. Even if and when Sissoko leaves on papaer we have a better team than anyone else in the division, but they will have to play to their full abilities.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 10, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #18

    Dummett been linked with a move to Burnley on SSN

  • toon kk

    Aug 10, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #19

    There’s been a lot of doom and gloom on here since we were beat on Friday, many had us as a quality premier league side. It’s strange how ONE defeat has changed people’s opinions. A couple more games we’ll all know what we’re all about.
    As far as been miserable last season, there wasn’t a lot to be happy about was there??
    We were relegated because we were shite.
    I’m hoping and and expecting us having a good season, as far as promotion go’s? Let’s hope so.

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 10, 2016 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #20

    Has Galloway had a medical yet?

  • toon kk

    Aug 10, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #21

    We have a good squad, but it’s a tough league and every game will be tough. We’ll know where we’ll finish after a few games when we see just how good we are.

  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 10, 2016 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #22

    The six matches in a row beginning with Brighton on Aug. 27th and ending with Norwich on Sept. 28th will tell us where things are headed. By then we’ll have played 10 league games plus a cup tie and six in a row against decent opposition. If we don’t have at least 20 points by then we might be in trouble as far as promotion goes.

  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 10, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #23

    Nope, no sign of him yet Ron mate.

  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 10, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #24

    I think the change in mood was bound to happen. People had lost faith in the club quite a while ago and then we got relegated again. Rafa has made a huge difference but it all comes down to winning. We must win at least 26-28 games plus something like 6-10 draws in the league this season or prepare to fight it out in the playoffs or even just remain in the Championship for another season.

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 10, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #25

    Thanks, G2.

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 10, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #26

    I suppose the change in mood is because the 11 that took the field against Fulham lacked players like Tiote, Sissoko, Diame, Mitro, Mbemba and Galloway and it really showed.


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