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St James' Park
Newcastle United v Manchester City
Sunday 26th December 2010, 3pm
Premier League
By Adam Smith
(Manchester City fan)

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

I've always wanted to go to St James' Park. I've visited Newcastle many times (for the best night life in the country) but this was to be a first visit to the football ground. From the images I have seen, I believe the stadium is without a doubt the best looking one in the country.

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

I took the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Newcastle Central.  As you come out off the station, the stadium is so big that you can actually see it, and/or follow the black and white army from the pub. Its basically impossible to miss and if you do get lost, just ask the Geordie's, all of them are very friendly.

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

Before the game, I went for a few pints at the bar in the Railway Station. The home fans were happy to have a chat with you no problems at all. Then on the way up to the ground got some food from Greggs.

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

The ground is truly magnificent! and huge. I've been to Old Trafford and this feels easily just as big. And although you are high up in the stands, you do get compensated with a fantastic view of the city skyline.

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

City went 2 nil up after 5 minutes due to a catalogue of Newcastle errors. However as normal and as I've previously heard, the Geordie's never stopped singing, almost impossible to compete with although we did our best. The leg room and facilities are probably the best I've come across. And although the magpies looked like making a comeback thanks to Andy Carroll, we snatched one near the end to make it a 3-1 victory for city. And i will add: after City's the third, the Geordie's still sang! They really do have fantastic support, and although there was very little public transport that day in the North East, they managed an attendance of 51,657.... Not bad at all!

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

Easy, walked out basically with home fans and headed towards the station, no problems once again.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Brilliant day,  brilliant stadium, very good for pubs. 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 famous night?

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