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St James' Park
Newcastle United v West Ham United
Saturday 24 August 2013, 3pm
Premier League
  Dan Evans
(West Ham fan)

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

I have been once before and had a great time before so I had no qualms of going again.

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

We left home at 6am for the long journey to Newcastle and arrived just after 11am with stopping off to for breakfast and a well earned coffee! We parked local to the ground at a shopping centre which cost 5

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

We went to Sammy Jacks before the game which had a mixture of home and away fans seemed fairly friendly. The venue had entertainment which is probably more for the adult variety. But still enjoyable.

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

The ground on the way looks very impressive on the eye. We got into the ground in plenty of time which is good because the 13 flights of stairs to the concourse is a challenge! We was also placed at the very top of the away end excellent view but maybe a little to high. The ground overall is fantastic.

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

The game was 0-0 and I think we was unlucky not to come away with three points but I would have taken a point beforehand. The atmosphere in the away end was fantastic almost non-stop the atmosphere amongst the home fans seemed a bit tense you can tell its not a happy place with all what is happening with management staff and the board. The stewards seemed reasonably friendly and helpful when assisting you to your seat. The facilities are impressive in my opinion easy enough to get to toilet at half time. 

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

Getting away from stadium  was nothing short of a nightmare. Took well over an hour to get out of the car park I wouldn't recommend anybody to park there or even drive there.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Was a good day out although I wouldn't drive there and back again 580 miles in a day is some going. I would totally use public transport next time and stay for a weekend. Highly recommend any away fan thinking of doing Newcastle United away.

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