Newcastle are getting good publicity lately with 52,000 sell-out crowds at the venerable St. James’ Park while we are in the second division.
And it’s likely that Newcastle will set another attendance record during our second stint in the Championship.
Last time we were down below in 2009-2010 – seven years ago – we had an average home crowd of 43,388 but this season it’s already at 50,918 and over 20,000 more than the second club in the list – Aston Villa at only 31,597 and 73.8% full.
Newcastle’s home matches have been 97.2% full which is also top of the league for the Championship attendances this season.
Rafa Benitez – he obviously wants Newcastle to be number one
The holiday games at home to Sheffield Wednesday on Monday night and Nottingham Forest on Friday night (both kickoff at 7:45 pm) are already sold out.
So unless there’s a completely unforseen collapse, then Newcastle’s home attendance could probably be more than 50,000 this season – an all-time record for England’ second division.
Of course rather than setting these records we would have preferred that we were never relegated from the Premier League in 2009 or this year.
Sold-out crowds have a number of advantages for the club apart from the obvious – that they tend to maximize the chances that our lads winning home games and they also help with the finances.
Rafa has pointed out today they are also a huge selling point when he talks to potential transfer targets about the club – and he can point to 52,000 home crowds and we are in the second division!
Being top of the Championship is a good selling point too and the sell-out crowds prove that Newcastle remains a huge club and one of the very best supported football teams in Europe.
The club have been through some hard times over the past few years that were completely self-inflicted – and we paid the price for that in May,
But now under Rafa Benitez things are on the way back and assuming we can get promoted in May it will be a very exciting and interesting transfer window this summer.
Hopefully we will be able to attract some top players to Newcastle – just like in the old days.
It seems like it’s back to the future at Newcastle under Rafa Benitez.
Long may it continue.