Newcastle United have always had a proud and boisterous fan base; now they have the stats to back up their notorious behavior.
A recent publication, brought to light by Chronicle Live shows the Geordies racked up
the most football-related arrests during the 2012/13 season.
Outside of Tyneside, the majority of arrests came from Manchester, with United and City taking spots 2 and 3 in the list of ill-behaved clubs. Chelsea came in fourth, and Newcastle's rivals Sunderland also make the top five.
The top 5 were as follows:
1) Newcastle United – 175
2) Manchester United – 145
3) Manchester City – 95
4) Chelsea – 92
5) Sunderland - 71
With 175 arrests, the Toon Army had more arrests than ‘large’ clubs Arsenal, Tottenham, and Liverpool combined.
In fact, you could combine the eight most well-behaved clubs ( Fulham, West Brom, Norwich, Swansea, Hull, Cardiff and Crystal Palace) and they still wouldn’t surpass the total number of arrests made on Newcastle fans.
Of the arrests, 156, or 89%, came during home matches, while 15 came at away matches, and four arrests made at neutral venues.
The total number of arrests can be highly attributed to the violence the broke out after the Tyne-Wear derby, where 130 fans were arrested.
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