A NEW attendance record was set at Ashington CFC’s Woodhorn Lane ground on Friday evening when a Newcastle United XI were the visitors.
A crowd of 1,242 went through the turnstiles to see the Magpies record a 2-1 victory in their pre-season encounter.
The gate almost doubled the previous record of 667 for the semi-final of the Northumberland Senior Cup in the 2009-10 season against near neighbours Blyth Spartans.
And Ashington’s vice-chairman Peter Moran praised the support.
“It was a tremendous effort,” he said.
“We felt we would get our highest crowd but to get 1,242 was incredible and I’d like to thank not only the public in Ashington for their support but also everyone else who came along.
“We were overwhelmed by the attendance and hope to have more of this in the future.
“Newcastle United are a big draw and we had five ex-Magpies in our own squad.
“The weather was a big factor but it was great to see families come along and enjoy themselves when this was still a main holiday period.
“I’d like to think they were happy with what they saw and will want to come back again.”
Moran also praised Newcastle United.
He added: “A tremendous thanks has got to go out to Newcastle United.
“We have got a good relationship with them through the Newcastle United Community Foundation and our assistant manager Neil Winskill works for them.
“Hopefully this link will continue for many years to come.”
Moran also thanked local businesses in Ashington and south east Northumberland who displayed posters advertising the game in their shop windows.