St James’ Park and the Newcastle United fans are two of the things that make the Magpies such a great club and one that is renowned across Europe. When St James’ Park is full with 50,000 plus Geordies the atmosphere is something to behold and the Toon Army give great support to their team. However, in a recent poll carried out by Barclays, Newcastle only managed to come third in a survey question about the best fans and stadium atmospheres.
The survey in question was carried out by Barclays, the title sponsor of the League Managers Association, for the Premier League. The question that was asked to Premier League managers was ‘Other than your own ground, which stadium/fans create the best atmosphere?’ The results are pretty interesting, although also to be expected to some extent.
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In first place with 50% of the vote were Liverpool supporters and their iconic stadium, Anfield. The Kop is one of the most famous stands anywhere in the world, and when the Reds sing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ it does make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. In second place were Stoke City and their ground the Britannia Stadium. The Potters do really get behind their team and I think this position is well deserved for a club who don’t always get to watch the prettiest football.
Newcastle United came in next in third place, which is not bad at all. This puts the Magpies ahead of Everton and their ground Goodison Park in fourth place, and Tottenham Hotspur and their stadium White Hart Lane in fifth, as well as fifteen Premier League clubs. Let’s hope that Newcastle can use this atmosphere to their advantage against Norwich City on Sunday afternoon.
What do you think about the results of this survey? How many Premier League grounds have you visited and how do you think their atmospheres compare to a rocking St James’ Park?
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