Newcastle United are on the right track to set a brand new attendance file for a Ladies’s FA Cup fixture previous to the competitors’s remaining after they host fellow fourth tier aspect Barnsley on Sunday.
The pair meet at St James’ Park within the FA Cup second spherical – the second time that Newcastle’s girls’s group have performed on the membership’s fundamental stadium this calendar yr.
The Girl Magpies hosted Alnwick City at St James’ Park in Could, working out 4-0 winners in entrance of twenty-two,134 supporters. This was the best home girls’s soccer attendance in England in the course of the 2021/22 season – bettering any WSL determine, regardless of Newcastle’s tier 4 standing.
The membership have introduced that over 25,000 tickets have already been bought for Sunday’s fixture, which might be a file for any Ladies’s FA Cup fixture outdoors of the ultimate.
“I am unable to wait. Initially final yr we thought possibly that is the primary expertise we’ll have and also you by no means know if that may occur once more,” Newcastle boss Becky Langley informed membership media.
“The pleasure I really feel going on the market and being the supervisor for the ladies’s group for the second time once more is simply one thing we’re extremely excited [about] and I am extremely pleased with.”
Newcastle solely formally took possession of their girls’s group in August 2022; that they had beforehand operated independently with the help of the Newcastle United Basis.
Following the takeover by Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund in October 2021, Newcastle director Amanda Staveley has spoken ceaselessly of the membership’s ambitions for the ladies’s group, stating in February of this yr that the long-term plan was for the group to show skilled.
“Final yr we had been nearly working very form of grassroots model,” Langley added. “When the house owners got here on board they began to professionalise a few issues. However it was doing it with a staged method so it felt gentle. Now we have gone into this season with a way more skilled really feel about every thing.”
Newcastle presently ply their commerce within the Nationwide League Division One North – three leagues under the WSL – and sit second within the desk. Sunday’s opponents Barnsley are presently fourth. The Girl Magpies ran out 1-0 winners when the pair met within the league in October.