Jordan: Leeds are bigger club than Newcastle
Leeds United are a bigger club than Newcastle.
That’s according to former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan, who scoffed at the idea of the Premier League Magpies being a bigger club than Marcelo Bielsa’s Whites.
It may have been 15 years since Leeds last graced the Premier League but the Yorkshire club’s history, fanbase and stature in the footballing world is bound to be why Jordan made his claims on talkSPORT today [Friday July 19, 12:52pm].
Jim White asked Jordan: “You think Leeds United are a bigger club than Newcastle United?”
The 51-year-old business responded: “Eh yeah, every day of the week and twice on Sunday.”
It’s not hard to see why Jordan thinks this.
Although Newcastle have a bigger stadium and have spent more of their history in the top-flight of English football, what exactly have the Magpies done in that time that Leeds haven’t?
Leeds have spent 50 of their near-100 year existence in the top-flight, winning three First Division titles, one FA Cup, one League Cup and once came runners-up in the European Cup.
Newcastle, in comparison, have enjoyed 87 full seasons at the pinnacle of English football in their 126-year-long history, winning four league titles and six FA Cup.
Although the Tyneside club has more major honours, they have done so over a much longer period of time while Leeds have been the most recent winners of the league when they lifted the First Division title in 1991/92.
Newcastle and Leeds are both one-club cities, but the Magpies do have a bigger stadium and a higher average attendance.
St James’ Park’s capacity is 52,400 whereas Elland Road’s is 37,890.
Both sets of fans usually fill their stadium, but Newcastle live in isolation up in the North-East when their only local rivals are Sunderland and Middlesbrough.
Leeds have to compete for supporters with both of the Sheffield clubs, Huddersfield and Bradford while just down the M62 there is Manchester United and Premier League champions Manchester City.
When you consider that a club that hasn’t played in the Premier League for 15 years is still able to sell out a 37,890-seater stadium with all those clubs in close proximity, it’s pretty clear who’s the biggest.
Jordan is spot on to say that Leeds are a much bigger club than Newcastle – we are.
Fans will no doubt love hearing the ex-Palace chairman’s words on the radio on Friday.
Newcastle fans will surely be calling in in their droves to give the sensible pundit a piece of their mind.