Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

1m Reasons to Be Cheerful; FANS SMASH ATTENDANCE RECORDS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

1m Reasons to Be Cheerful; FANS SMASH ATTENDANCE RECORDS

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Byline: ROB PATTINSON

MORE than a million fans will pass through the turnstiles of St James' Park this season, smashing all Championship records.

With two home games left the number of supporters is set to break the magical million mark.

The success of a season which has seen Newcastle promoted to the Premier League is set to be capped by the box-office busting feat, which will cement the Toon's place as the most watched side in Championship football history.

Already so far in the 2009/10 season more than 938,000 have watched games at Newcastle's home ground.

With games still to play against Blackpool and Ipswich Town and attendances at St James' regularly above 40,000, Newcastle look certain to set an attendance bar most teams in the Premier League would struggle to match.

Two sell-out crowds could be enough to ensure it is a record which is never beaten.

Today the club's manager has thanked fans for the enviable backing they have given his side all season.

Chris Hughton said: "The support of our fans has undoubtedly played a major part in our success this season.

"It is tremendous to share in the joy of being promoted with them and their fanaticism is something we couldn''t have done without. Thank you.

"For a million fans to pass through the gates at St James'' Park in one season is a great achievement in itself. It says everything you need to know about the loyalty and dedication of Newcastle United supporters.

"We''re just extremely pleased to have achieved our aim of promotion, back to where our supporters deserve to see football being played, in the top flight.

"This season isn''t over yet but we know we will be able to count on our outstanding support again next year in the Premier League.

"From the team and everyone at the club, thank you. …

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