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.
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.
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.