St James’ Park is home for Newcastle United fans.

A full stadium can be a cauldron of noise, where the atmosphere can be electric.

When Newcastle score at home, there is always an emphatic eruption of noise that can be heard far and wide.

The Cheick Tiote equaliser against Arsenal. Any goal against Sunderland. The realisation when the Magpies won the Championship in 2017. Moments that would have blown the roof off of St James’ Park if it had one.

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St James’ Park is one of England’s biggest stadiums. It sits below Wembley, Old Trafford, The Emirates, The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Anfield and the London Stadium.

When it is full, 52,338 people will be packed inside.

But what is the record attendance ever seen at St James’ Park?

Nearly 70,000 fans witness Newcastle vs Chelsea

To find the record attendance for a Newcastle home game, you need to go all the way back to 1930.

The date was September 3rd, as Newcastle welcomed Chelsea to St James’ Park for a First Division clash.

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It was an incredible game that saw the Magpies triumph 7-4 against their London opponents.

It was an exciting game that deserved a huge crowd. In fact, it was a record-setting crowd.

There were 68,386 fans inside St James’ Park that day to witness an 11-goal thriller.

It was an amazing way to start the season, as fans turned up to see a returning Hughie Gallacher who had recently been sold to Chelsea.

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Not only that, but there were also reportedly thousands more fans locked outside unable to get in.

The Chronicle reported that 10,000 fans were outside.

Unless Newcastle move stadiums or the capacity of St James’ Park is increased, this record from 1930 will never be broken.

Will we ever see a day where more than 70,000 fans are inside St James’ Park cheering on the Toon Army?

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