Newcastle are very likely to be playing to sold out stadiums at most away venues this season, as Championship fans want to watch a club with good players who are in the second division and rather surprisingly so too.
We are all hoping it’s only for one season.
When Newcastle visited Ashton Gate and Bristol City last month, it was the biggest crowd there for 26 years with 22,501 in attendance.
Rotherham United’s New York Stadium – sold out
Fulham was a sell-out in our first game at Craven Cottage and that was a defeat that we suffered there, which did not auger well for the season.
But we have since recovered with three successive league wins after also losing at home to Huddersfield in the next game – which was also a sell-out at St, James Park with more than 52,000 in attendance.
The game at QPR and Loftus Road (capacity 18,439) on Tuesday night is sold out and the New York Stadium at Rotherham is sold out for our visit there on October 1st – just before the next two week International break.
Jonjo Shelvey has talked today about the expectations of players at Newcastle:
“I think everywhere we go, we’ll be playing at grounds that are sold out,” “But you’re playing for Newcastle United, you need to deal with that expectation.”
“If you can’t deal with that, you shouldn’t be playing for Newcastle. That’s just the way it’s going to be this year.”
“You’ve got to either accept it and embrace it, or hold your hands up and admit you can’t deal with it.”
Championship fans don’t just want to see Newcastle in action but also take a look at manager Rafa Benitez.
Rafa has won the Champions League once with Liverpool (and losing finalists one other time) and the Europa League twice (with Valencia and Chelsea) among other trophies he has won in his glittering management career – so far.
Yes, Newcastle may be the team to beat in the Championship this season and we will play to many sold out stadiums.
We just hope we don’t lose too many more games this season.