Ryan Taylor has talked today about the Newcastle fans, whose home average attendance of 43,388 in England’s second division , was still the 4th best attendance of any club in England, and Ryan is certainly looking forward to next season, just like the rest of us.
Ryan Taylor – looking forward to next season
We often think Ryan is way under-rated on Tyneside, as he is a good player who can play in multiple positions, and he is also a good free kick expert and is a long throw-in expert too.
His flexibility may very well count against him, and he thinks that right back is his best position, but because of his threat near goal, it could be that playing on the wing could be his best position, certainly that’s what Alan Shearer thought last season.
Ryan talked about the Newcastle fans today:
“What more can you say about them?” “They were unbelievable as always, they’ve been our 12th man for the full season, wherever we’ve been all over the country in the Championship.”
“You name it, they’ve been there – home or away.” “They all went home happy and had a great party no doubt and now we’re already thinking about next season.”
In the season just past, the Newcastle fans had an average attendance of 43,388 at St. James’ Park, and that was better than all but four Premier League clubs – with double winners Chelsea among those with a smaller average gate.
We should add that the Stamford Bridge capacity is only 41,841 so they couldn’t possibly have beaten Newcastle’s home gate. 😀
The clubs who had better attendances were Manchester United (75,864), Arsenal (59,927) and Manchester City (45,512).
Newcastle just beat out Liverpool by only 525 fans with Liverpool averaging 42,863 – Anfield has a total capacity of 45,362.
Newcastle were over 21,000 fans better off than the second placed best supported side in the Championship, WBA – who also finished second to Newcastle in the league.
The Newcastle players left for their summer break in great spirits, and that’s because the lads did everything that was asked of them, for the most successful season for a long time – albeit in England’s second tier.
Ryan wants more of the same next season and the lads he thinks will return just raring to go:
“We’ll all come back refreshed and looking to have another good season.” “It certainly helps when you can come in on the back of a winning mentality.” “The morale is strong here and we’re looking to enjoy another good year.”
The newly formed Newcastle team spirit and grit will be very important for the side next season, and that’s only one reason we think Newcastle will fare quite well back with the big boys next season.
We also expect the average home attendance next season to be closer to 50.000 – St. James’ Park has a current total capacity of 52,387.