The game tonight against Sheffield Wednesday and on Friday night against Nottingham Forest are both sell-outs at St. James’ Park and that’s starting to be regular occurrence at the club this season.
And Rafa is using that fact with players in his recruitment efforts, as he sells Newcastle United – who recently were ranked as Briton’s 8th biggest football club in history in a study carried out by talkSPORT.
There’s no doubt that Rafa Benitez arriving at Newcastle has brought back the dreams to Newcastle fans and we are hoping Rafa will bring back the good times when Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson managed the club.
Rafa Benitez – on the sidelines at Preston
With one difference – that we can win a trophy for the first time since 1969 when we won the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.
Our last domestic trophy was when we won the FA Cup in 1955 beating a Don Revie led Manchester City 3-1 and we also won the cup in 1951 by beating Blackpool 2-0 and in 1952 by beating Arsenal 1-0.
With the January transfer window only six days away Rafa has admitted in the local press that he has been talking with many players:
“I have been talking with many players and agents and they have been talking about that. 52,000 at every home game.”
“It’s massive. You’re not just playing in the Championship: you’re playing with the atmosphere of a Premier League game. It’s important, it’s massive.”
“For me, it’s clear. The top six teams now will be the strongest. They will keep the spirit and have confidence – they can achieve something.”
“If you analyse Brighton, they are a good team. They have good defenders, with good wingers and a good striker.”
“They are a good team. How long can you sustain this run of games? It depends on each team.”
“They have good players and a good team. Their first 11 is good. Maybe if they have to go to 16th or 18th player, they’re not as good but they are a good team.”
Here’s the state at the top of the Championship as we go into the festive program and try to extend our three game winning streak.