Thursday, 15 December 2011

Newcastle United - St James' Park

Newcastle United FC

St James' Park
Strawberry Place
Newcastle Upon Tyne

0844 372 1892

Matchday Number: 123
Sunday 26th November 2006
Newcastle United 1-0 Portsmouth
FA Carling Premiership

Whilst I was up in the North East for Wycombe's game at Hartlepool, me and my mates noticed that Newcastle were playing at home against Portsmouth. As we were up for the weekend we decided to go for it, having enjoyed a tour of St James' Park the previous year.

So the day after an uninspiring 2-0 defeat to Hartlepool, we got the Metro from our hotel in South Shields to Newcastle city centre. After having a pint or 2 I went and got myself a nice new coat (which is still going strong to this day) and went and had a nice hour browse around the "Hold The Back Page" shop near the ground, which sells a boatload of fanzines, programmes, books and football bits.

A decent atmosphere was building in the ground and they were handing out free scarves to try and boost the atmosphere further. And the Geordie faithful went home happy as Antoine Sibierski's goal saw them win 1-0. It wasn't a brilliant game, but it was an enjoyable afternoon nonetheless. After the game we made our way back into the city centre to watch the Manchester United v Arsenal game on Sky before making our way back to our hotel.

ST JAMES' PARK is one of my favourite grounds in the Premiership and has been fully rebuilt in line with the Taylor Report, as have most other Premiership grounds. The capacity is around 50,000 and is unlikely to increase with the underground Metro train system and local university impeding further expansion. It is very close to the city centre, so there are no end of pubs and places to eat, which makes for a great day out.

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