Newcastle United were the most-watched team in the 1948-49 season with an average gate at St James’s Park of 53,839. The average across the First Division that season was 38,776 – and the highest crowd on Tyneside was 67,362.
The average attendance at St James’s Park, which stands at 46,124, will rise after the club gave away 10,000 half-season tickets in response to last weekend's 42,303 crowd, the lowest in nine years.
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Attendance figures in the Premier League have been boosted by new and expanded stadiums. United owner Mike Ashley controversially sold a parcel of land next to St James’s Park which some fans believe will prevent any future expansion of the stadium.