Few could have imagined the complete change in the mood on Tyneside over the course of just a few months for Newcastle United. Having sleepwalked into a second relegation within a decade, the Magpies were at their lowest ebb at times last term.
However, the capture and then securing of Rafa Benitez as the club’s manager, even in the Championship, was a monumental boost for the Toon Army as they looked to conduct a root and stem rebuild of a regime to have failed the club’s support badly.
Despite yielding little in the way of on-field success for years now, that very support has simply never wavered. In fact, in a study recently conducted by talkSPORT, the magnitude of the Toon Army can really be revealed.
According to their information, the St. James’ Park crowd is the 15th biggest in Europe this season, with an impressive average of 51,062 thus far. That makes them the 6th largest supported team in England, according to their data, behind only Liverpool, West Ham United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United.