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St James' Park
Newcastle United v Arsenal
Wednesday 27th October 2010, 7.45pm
Carling Cup 3rd Round
By Mark Archer
(Arsenal fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Managed to get a ticket for the game through a supporters club and so off I went! St James always looks very impressive and intimidating on the tv and I jumped at the chance to witness the arena for myself in person.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I came down from Edinburgh on the train and the ground is so central you can’t fail to miss it.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Before the game we went to the Strawberry Inn beside the club shop. Found it very friendly and a nice terrace to enjoy a smoke with a drink (bliss!!)

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Seeing the ground on the tv doesn’t really do it justice. It’s a very impressive structure from the outside and although high in the sky the away end gives a great view and like previous reviewers have said the legroom per seat is good.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

After a fairly even start the gunners got a goal just before half time and then took control in the second 45 to run out emphatic winners 0-4. Found the home fans to be surprisingly quiet: cue chants from the gunners fans ‘Where’s your famous atmosphere?’ There was a top tier of the ground empty which isn’t surprising given that this was a cup game which would have cost extra on the season ticket. Even at £20 a ticket football ain't cheap these days. The away end was a good 90% full and big up the fans coming from London on a Wednesday evening and making a 500 mile plus round trip.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Had an easy exit from the stadium and the gunners fans were obviously in good voice and spirits. I waited outside the ground for the gunners team bus – just to the left of the away turnstiles and managed to get Pat Rice and Mr Wengers autograph

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Cracking day – cracking stadium – very central for pubs,shops and transport. I would recommend any away supporter to make the journey up (or down) and make a day of a game. Why not even stay for the night?

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