Newcastle news: Pundit hails 'incredible' St James' Park development
Noel Whelan has hailed the “incredible” turnout as Newcastle Women played their first-ever fixture at St James’ Park on Sunday.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed a boom in attendances could provide a healthy boost to the Magpies’ accounts.
Fourth-tier Newcastle Women were roared on by 22,134 fans at St James’ Park on Sunday (1 May) as they ran out 4-0 winners against Alnwick Town.
That gate surpasses this season’s record crowd in the Women’s Super League after 20,241 saw Man United’s 3-1 victory over Everton at Old Trafford in March.
As quoted by ChronicleLive (1 May), Newcastle co-owner Amanda Staveley has insisted she is “passionate about getting women’s football really moved back into the heart of the club” after completing a Saudi-backed takeover last year (2021).
Whelan hailed the “incredible” recent developments in the women’s game.
Subscribe to Football Insider TV now
He told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “That just sums up the feel-good factor at Newcastle right now, wow.
“The boom in women’s football has been nothing short of incredible.
“It gets stronger and stronger and better and better all the time, and it just goes to show what a bit of promotion and funding can do.
“It’s going to be really good revenue coming into Newcastle, as well, as a result of having this massive support for the women’s game.
“It’s growing all the time and hopefully this milestone doesn’t take long to be beaten.”
Newcastle Women will remain in the fourth tier next term after missing out on promotion.
91,533 fans watched Barcelona Women beat their Real Madrid counterparts in March – a record crowd for a women’s match.