Newcastle United

St James' Park

Capacity: 52,405 (all seated)
Address: St. James' Park, Newcastle, NE1 4ST
Telephone: 0844 372 1892
Fax: 0191 201 8600
Ticket Office: 0844 372 1892 (Option 1)
Pitch Size: 115 x 74 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Magpies or The Toon
Year Ground Opened: 1892*
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: FUN88
Kit Manufacturer: Puma
Home Kit: Black and White
Away Kit: Sky Blue
Third Kit: All Black

Gallowgate End & Milburn Stand External View
Gallowgate End & Milburn Stand External View
Milburn And Leazes Stands
Milburn And Leazes Stands
East Stand and Gallowgate End
East Stand and Gallowgate End
Gallowgate End and Milburn Stand
Gallowgate End and Milburn Stand
East and Leazes Stands
East and Leazes Stands
Gallowgate End
Gallowgate End
East Stand
East Stand
Milburn Stand
Milburn Stand
Leazes Stand
Leazes Stand
Milburn Stand
Milburn Stand
Looking Towards The Gallowgate End
Looking Towards The Gallowgate End
View From The Away Section
View From The Away Section
Newcastle United FC
External View of The Gallowgate End
External View of The Gallowgate End
Milburn Stand External View
Milburn Stand External View
"Wor Jackie" Jackie Milburn Statue

Howay The Lads Players Tunnel SignOn approaching St James' Park, it looks absolutely huge, dominating the skyline. In 2000 an additional tier was added to both the Milburn and Leazes Stands increasing the capacity to over 52,400. These stands have a huge lower tier, with a row of executive boxes and a smaller tier above. It has a spectacular looking roof, which at the time was the largest cantilever structure in Europe. This roof gives the stadium a unique look, which is almost breath-taking. The roof is mostly transparent allowing natural light to penetrate through it, facilitating pitch growth. However, on the whole, St James' Park looks somewhat unbalanced with one half of the ground being significantly larger than the other two sides. These remaining two sides the Gallowgate End and East Stand are both of the same height and are two-tiered. The stadium is also totally enclosed with all four corners being filled with seating. In October 2014 a large video screen was installed on the upper side of the Sir John Hall Stand, which looks rather odd, in terms of its position. Outside the stadium, there are three statues; of former players Jackie Milburn and Alan Shearer, plus former manager Sir Bobby Robson.  

Leazes Stand SignAway fans are housed on the very far side of the Leazes Stand, in the top tier. Up to 3,000 supporters can be accommodated in this section for league games and a larger allocation is available for cup games. Be warned though that it is quite a climb of 14 flights of stairs up to the away section (that is 140 stairs to be negotiated, although there is a lift available if you are unable to take the stairs) and that you are situated quite far away from the pitch. So if you are scared of heights or have poor eyesight then this may not be for you. On the plus side, you do get a wonderful view of the whole stadium, plus the Newcastle skyline and countryside in the distance. Also, the leg room and height between rows are some the best that I have come across and the facilities on offer are pretty good. Away fans also get the best view of the new video screen that has been installed as it is located on that side of the stand. The concourse is spacious and there is a fair selection of pies on offer including the Chicken Balti Pie (£3.50), plus the usual burgers and hot dogs, all served in Newcastle United branded packaging (which made me wonder if their sales were affected when playing Sunderland!). There are also televisions on the concourse, showing live the game being played, with separate refreshment areas which serve alcohol, again in Newcastle United branded plastic glasses. If you are stuck for cash there is an ATM located near to the Sir Bobby Robson Statue, which is on the corner of Milburn and Gallowgate Stands.

Jeremy Gold a visiting Leyton Orient supporter adds; 'The visitors section is on level seven at the top of the stand. The view is a long way from the pitch, although it is still good. If you suffer from vertigo, don't go! The stewarding at the game I went to was fairly strict. However, people were being warned against gesturing before they were thrown out. Unfortunately, some people didn't take the hint and about five or six made the long trip back down the fourteen flights of stairs!'

Food on offer inside the stadium includes; Mag Pies (luckily no magpies in them, but mince and onion £3.70), Balti Pies (£3.60), Peppered Steak Pies (£3.90), Cheese and Onion Pies (£3.50).

The atmosphere in St James' Park can be electric and it is certainly one of the best footballing stadiums in the country. I personally found the Geordies friendly and helpful. A trip to Newcastle is certainly one of the better away trips in the League and one that many fans look forward to.

St James Park and Chinatown Gate St James’ Park is one of the few remaining football grounds in the country that is located in the centre of the city. You are only a few minutes walk from the main shopping areas of Newcastle. There are plenty of bars to choose from in the city centre, but most away fans tend to favour some of the pubs opposite and around Newcastle Railway Station. The ‘A Head Of Steam’ 'The Newcastle Tap' and ‘The Lounge’ are all popular with visiting supporters, but some of these bars will only admit fans if colours are covered and none of them admits children. The Head of Steam is also listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Nearby is a former Wetherspoons pub called the Union Rooms, which is under new ownership. This pub is happy to admit away fans and is family friendly.  Please note that the Gotham Town and the Victoria Cornet pubs located across from the railway station do not admit visiting supporters.

On my last visit, I went to the Bodega on Westgate Road and had no problems. This pub is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and had a friendly atmosphere. Closer to the ground (and just around the corner from China Town which is good for a cheap lunch) is the Newcastle Arms on St Andrews Street. This pub is also known for its real ale, but unless you arrive very early and are not wearing colours you are unlikely to gain entrance. Just down the road is 'The Back Page' bookshop, which is an oasis of football books, DVD's, programmes and memorabilia.

Alcohol is also served within the ground in the form of Carling (500ml bottle £4.50), Coors (330ml bottle £4.40), Kingstone Press Cider (500ml bottle £4.40), Kingstone Press Wild Berry Cider (500ml bottle £4.70), Wine (White, Red or Rose 187ml bottle £5), Gin and Tonic (Can £5.50) and Jack Daniels and Coke (Can £6).

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Football Stadium Sign Outside St James Park At the end of the A1(M) continue onto the A1 North and then the A184 towards Newcastle. Continue along this road, bearing left onto the A189. Continue over the River Tyne on the Redheugh Bridge, from which the ground can be clearly seen. Carry on straight up the dual carriageway (St James Boulevard). This leads directly to the Gallowgate end of the ground. As the ground is so central there are a number of pay and display car parks in the vicinity. 

Post Code for SAT NAV: NE1 4ST

Jason Adderley a visiting West Brom fan adds; 'An easier way into the City is to stay on the A1 until the exit for Westerhope. Leave the A1 and go straight over two roundabouts and then follow the signs for the Royal Victoria Infirmary (Queen Victoria Road) - parking here is in a multi-storey and allows a reasonably quick getaway after the game'.

Park At Newcastle College

Around a 10-15 minute walk away from St James Park is Newcastle College, where around 400 car parking spaces are available for home matches and other events at the stadium such as the Magic Weekend of Rugby League. The cost to park there is £4, which is paid on entry and then you will be given a voucher to display on your dashboard. The car park is supervised with security coverage. The entrance to the College car park is off a roundabout on Scotswood Road (A695), see this Newcastle College location map. If approaching Newcastle from the South and following the directions above, then after bearing left onto the A189 and crossing over the River Tyne. Then at the next set of traffic lights turn left onto the A695 signposted Blaydon/Metro Radio Arena and at the next roundabout turn right into the College car park. 

The car park is in easy walking distance of Newcastle Railway Station and City Centre. To walk straight to the stadium, then exit the car park via the entrance you drove through and turn left. At the traffic lights turn left onto the main St James Road. Just walk straight up St James Road and you will soon spot the stadium up in front of you. It is just over half a mile from the College to St James Park. 

Park & Ride

There is a Matchday Park & Ride service which operates from Gateshead Metrocentre (NE11 9YG). It is free to park there and the Bus costs £2 return. The X50 Soccerbus operated by Go North East commences two hours before kick off. It leaves from the Metrocentre Coach Park and returns from Barrack Road (behind the Milburn Stand) with the last bus leaving one hour after the match has ended.

There is also the option of renting a private driveway near St James' Park via YourParkingSpace.co.uk.

St James Metro Station SignNewcastle Central Railway Station is half a mile from St James' Park and takes around 10-15 minutes to walk. 

Thanks to Dave Lawson for providing the directions; 'Come out of the station, across the two zebra crossings and then head up the pedestrianised Pink Lane. Then cross Westgate Road at the top. Then up pedestrianised Bath Lane with the old city walls on your right. Turn right on to Stowell Street (Chinatown). At the end of Stowell Street bear left up St Andrews Street by Rosie’s Bar, under the ornate Chinese arch. Then left up Gallowgate. St James is on your right'. Andrew Saffrey adds; 'If you're feeling lazy, you can get buses 36, 36B, 71, 87 or 88 from Berwick Street (across the road from the station), up to the ground. The fare should be about 50p'. Whilst Claire Stewart informs me; 'You can also get the metro from inside the train station up to the ground, which has its own St. James " stop. Go on the metro from the Central Railway Station to Monument Metro Station where you need to change trains to go to St James' Park. You can also walk up to the ground from Monument Station. It's pretty easy to find, and if you do happen to get lost, then just follow the black and white crowd!

Dave Green warns; 'Please note that some of the metro trains passing through Central Station in the direction of Monument show St James as their destination. If you board one of these trains, you still need to change at Monument station for St James Park. To be honest, the ground is so close to Central Railway Station that unless you have difficulty walking or the weather is really foul, you're better off on foot'.

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Newcastle Airport is located seven miles away from the City Centre. The easiest way to get into Newcastle is to go by the Metro transit system. The airport has its own Metro station which is situated next to the passenger terminal. There are frequent departures to the City Centre and the journey time is 23 minutes. This costs £2 for a single ticket or £3 return (£3.80 at peak periods). You can also purchase a 'day saver' ticket for £3.50 which allows you unlimited travel on the Metro System for one day. Change at Monument Metro Station for a Metro to St James Park Station. 

See a map of the entire Metro system (PDF file on the Nexus website).

Leazes Stand 

Adults £30
Over 65's & Full Time Students £22
Under 18's £16

Official Programme: £3
The Mag Fanzine: £3
True Faith Fanzine: £2.50

Newcastle United FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Sunderland and Middlesbrough.

 

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the  Level Playing Field website.

Record Attendance 
68,386 v Chelsea, Division One, September 3rd, 1930.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record
52,389 v Manchester City, Premier League, May 6th, 2012.

Average Attendance
2017-2018: 51,992 (Premier League)
2016-2017: 51,106 (Championship League)
2015-2016: 49,754 (Premier League)

Outside St James' Park on the corner of the Milburn Stand and Gallowgate End, is a statue of former Newcastle United and England Manager Sir Bobby Robson. The bronze statue was unveiled in May 2012 and was sculpted by a local man; Tom Maley. 

Sir Bobby Robson Statue

Sir Bobby Robson managed the Club for five years between 1999-2004 and is affectionately remembered by most Toon fans. When he first took over the club, Newcastle were sat at the bottom of the League. Not only did Sir Bobby steer them to safety, but within a couple of seasons they were challenging at the other end of the table. After finishing third in the Premier League in 2003 the team also competed in the UEFA Champions League.With striker Alan Shearer scoring over 100 goals, with Sir Bobby as Manager, then it is a period in the Club's history remembered for attacking entertaining football, something that is part of the DNA of the Newcastle fans. Not only did Sir Bobby Robson come across as a gentleman, but he always had time for the supporters and developed a great bond with them.

Located outside St James' Park on Barrack Road is a bronze statue of former player Alan Shearer. The striker played for Newcastle United for ten years and in that time scored over 200 goals from 405 appearances. He also had a short stint of managing the club at the end of the 2008/09 season. The statue depicts Alan Shearer in his trademark goal celebration of simply raising one finger up in the air.

Alan Shearer Statue

The Club offer daily tours of the ground on weekdays at 12.30pm and 2.30pm, Saturdays 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm and Sundays at 1.30am, 12.30pm,  and 2.30pm. Tours are also held on matchdays, but a £3 supplement is charged on the tour prices below.

The cost of the tour is
Adults £15
Concessions £12
Under 16's £8

Rooftop Tours
Get a birds eye of St James' Park on one of their special rooftop tours, which take place each weekend at 12pm and 2pm from April to October. As the name suggests you'll put on a hard hat and be loaned a pair of binoculars and taken up onto the roof the Milburn Stand to take in spectacular views across the ground and city. These cost: 

Adults £20
Concessions £18
Under  16's £15

Tours must be pre-booked by calling 0844 372 1892 or by booking online. As part of the tour a visit to the Club Museum is also included.

The Newcastle night life is legendary, with the bars around Biggmarket and the Quayside being very popular. A lot of fans tend to stay over in Newcastle for this, or in the nearby coastal town of Whitley Bay, which is only a 25 minute journey away on the Metro. Whitley Bay itself is pretty lively and popular for stag parties. So why not make a weekend of it?

The Old Fashioned Football Shirt company are based nearby in Gateshead and have a factory shop that may be of interest. You can see how TOFFS shirts are made while browsing their range of retro football shirts for teams from around the UK and worldwide. The shop is open Mon-Fri 08.00-17.15 and some Saturday mornings (phone for details). 0191 4913500 or enquiries@toffs.com or www.toffs.com Factory Shop at Unit 11C, Station Approach, Earlsway, TVTE, Gateshead, NE11 0ZF. Click here for a location map.

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If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me duncan@footballgrounds.net and I'll update the guide.

Special thanks to:

Owen Pavey for providing the St James' Park ground layout diagram.
Haydn Gleed for providing the YouTube video of St James' Park. 

Newcastle United v Chelsea
Premier League
Sunday 26th August 2018, 4pm
Lee Dermott (Chelsea)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting St James' Park?
 
I was looking forward to this match as the long trip to Newcastle is always one of my favourite away days even when we don't get the result we want. This would be my first away match of the new season and the same trip I ended the season before with.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Travelling to Newcastle for the very first time is okay as there's parking available at Newcastle College etc but it's the length of the driving journey up from London which was the worst part.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Before the match, I and my friends went to Tilleys Bar for a few drinks before making the move up towards St James Park. We also paid a visit to the Strawberry which is one of the historic pubs of Newcastle. As I could gather most aways fans feel as though they are not accepted into this bar and go elsewhere. However, we found the staff and Newcastle fans inside, to be welcoming and friendly. The beer was also cheap in the Strawberry and it sells good quality food too. To sum up the Newcastle fans, they are loud, passionate, but polite.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of St James' Park?
 
St James Park is a magnificent stadium from the outside but once you get into the ground the quality inside is really poor "EFL Championship" still in a Premier League stadium. The toilets were particularly poor. 
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
A very even match, with nothing to separate both sides until the referee 'pulled his Chelsea shirt on' and wrongly awarded Chelsea a penalty, which changed the outcome of the match. The facilities are poor as stated above while the stewards are always decent up north and at Newcastle they were the same.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away from the match was a bit of nightmare, with so many fans everywhere some and some around waiting for autographs from players, then this meant that there was plenty of pushing going on for a while until we made our way further from the stadium.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
The Newcastle fans were excellent and I would go again and I can't wait until they come to Stamford Bridge.

Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League
Saturday 11th August 2018, 12:30pm
Dan Turner (Tottenham Hotspur)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting St James' Park?
 
I hadn't done Newcastle before but had done Sunderland a couple of years previously. Opening day of the season and all that and me and a few of the Black Country Spurs lot made our way up from Wolverhampton station at 06:06.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The journey was sound on the train to be fair. It's a long slog, even from the West Midlands. A few more Newcastle fans start to join the train as you make the journey up past York, Darlington, Durham etc, but it's a friendly atmosphere. A few cans on the train and the home fans were talkative and whatnot. It's actually a testament to how well both clubs are supported that Spurs and Newcastle were getting on at Birmingham New Street in good numbers, too.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Got off the train and followed a stream of other Spurs lads into the 'Town Wall' pub. There's a few to choose from on your way up to the ground which is just a straight walk through town. Had a few beers before the game and a good laugh with a few of the Newcastle lot dotted around to be fair. They didn't think they would get much out of the game but as neither team had made any real signings and their owner had spent more on House of Frasier than the team, there were understandable signs of frustration when you spoke to them.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of St James' Park?
 
St James' Park is massive. I knew it was big but out of nowhere it seems to just rise up. You have to walk through a lot of fans to get round to the away end but there was no bother. We didn't take any liberties so it was all good. The away end is just incredibly high, you can see the town above the Gallowgate End. The ground is impressive but you can see that the owner isn't spending money on it - the same way White Hart Lane began to deteriorate after the announcement of the new ground.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
You do feel very far away from the playing action and I think that added to the confusion when we saw the ball hit the bar and seconds later Jan Vertonghen wheeling away in celebration. Newcastle equalised within minutes, cue plenty of noise from the Geordies. It wasn't long before Dele put Spurs back on top. The game slowed down in tempo as it progressed, but Spurs rode their luck in the second half as Newcastle hit the woodwork twice. Stewards sound and I didn't eat or drink in the ground but there were a fair few police in the away end which you don't always see. The Spurs travelling support is always good and leading the game for long periods we were in good voice, not the loudest we've been but a good noise.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away from the ground again was fine. The Newcastle lot seemed quite resigned and there was no trouble in fairness. The usual singing from the Spurs contingent as we exited in good spirits and went back to the same pub and again it was a mixed set of fans.. No bother again in fairness as you could see fans mingling and chatting about the game. Speaking about players who'd played for both sides, with most people actually missing De Andre Yedlin off that list.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
It's a good place to visit, Newcastle. Knowledgeable fans who deserve better in all honesty as they turn out in numbers home and away. Doesn't always guarantee success as Leeds and Villa will tell you, though.

Newcastle United v Chelsea
Premier league
Sunday 13th May 2018, 3pm
Geoff White (Chelsea fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting St James' Park?
 
I was looking forward to this match as it was the last game of the regular season and also a place in next seasons Champions League was still a possibility for Chelsea, so plenty play for. I've been to St James' Park in the past a couple of times; first in the 2011/12 season when Chelsea won and the 2015/16 season when Chelsea drew so I knew what to expect in terms of the beautiful area of Newcastle and also the stadium.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I'm a Chelsea fan who lives in Stockton which is a town near Middlesbrough. So it was an easier drive than what it was for the majority of fans. I drove up with my friends who all support Chelsea to which was a bonus as I got a free lift up. We parked the car at the Metro Centre coach park and got the bus into Newcastle which was the easiest option. When we arrived in Newcastle you could sense the hope and belief that the fans have for Newcastle United.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Before the match, we went to a few of the pubs which allowed us in even with our Chelsea shirts on. Which amazed me as some fans I later spoke to said that their experience of the pubs were rubbish but didn't state which ones. I also paid The Back Page shop a visit as I always do when I go to Newcastle as it's my favourite shop. It sells everything sports related; such as books, programmes, DVDs. I even managed to leave with a few signed items which were heroes of mine growing up. We then moved up closer to the stadium to which we were stopped by a man trying his dam hardest to get a ticket to the match you could see most fans shaking their heads so I politely asked one of the Newcastle fans why? To which he said he is always at the ground when the big sides come to town. The majority of the home fans were excellent they welcomed us with open arms while some of the younger fans weren't as polite as I've found at most grounds anyways.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of St James' Park?
 
I've been to St James' Park many times for various reasons and it never fails to amaze me from the first glimpse of standing next ground you can see the historical history of St James Park. You can imagine the likes of Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley, Gazza all playing at this ground.
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Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
It was the worst performance from a Chelsea side I've seen in a long time Newcastle dominated the match from kick off they looked to be the side competing for the Champions League spot for next season. Chelsea must have been thinking more about the FA Cup Final against Manchester United or if they weren't it felt that way to the fans. The Newcastle fans were buzzing to see their side when a match after a poor recent record, the majority of Chelsea fans started leaving around the last 15/20 minutes while I stayed till the end I support Chelsea through the good and bad that's what it all comes down to. Steward's were excellent towards the Chelsea fans even some had some banter with the fans which was excellent to see. The only fault of St James' Park has is that they keep the away fans on Level 7 a long distance from the match and a long walk to get there up the stairs which are a killer.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
With it being the last game of the season Newcastle had the lap of honour which allowed the Chelsea fans to make a clear exit out of the surrounding area of St James' Park. I stopped around after the match to try and get some autographs etc I was totally happy that Cescar Azpilcuetta handed his shirt to a child.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Overall, a good day out, but a rubbish result.

Newcastle United v Manchester United
Premier League
Sunday 11th February 2018, 2.15pm
Alex (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting St James' Park?
 
I was looking forward to this match as I enjoy watching English football especially when it's against two top class managers. The build up towards the match was pretty good both sets of fans were talking about it on social media and also the fact of the rivalry from the Keegan days. I was looking forward to visiting St James' Park because it's a new stadium which I could finally tick off my box.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The journey was pretty straight forward I got the bus from the Metro Centre Coach Park for £2.50 return if I remember correctly wasn't expensive and was easier than having to pay for car parks and finding a space to park. When you use this service you get dropped off by the bus company outside Shearer's Statue and picked up there so its a win-win solution.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
The older mature fans were okay but I would say the kids had the feeling of a big teams in town and went out of there were to be what I would describe as light banter trying to make the Manchester United fans bait towards them. As for every club you have the small group of local bad boys who go and abuse the travelling supporters.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of St James' Park?
 
The first word what came to mind about St James' Park was "impressive." You can see why it is one of the most iconic stadiums in football for when the city is buzzing you could easily feel the heat when you got closer and closer to the stadium. As many away fans who make the trip to Newcastle will know you are placed in the gods level 7 which seems to be miles and miles away from the pitch and the players look more like Subbuteo figures then real footballers.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
One word for atmosphere " electric" best ground for noise in the whole Premiership. The Newcastle fans made most of the noise and even though sit in level 7 away end you have to make 100% more effort to out sing these lot.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Typical premier league ground busy but easy once get passed the massive crowds.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
I would certainly do it all again.

Newcastle United v Swansea City
Premier League
Saturday 13th January 2018, 3pm
Alun Williams (Swansea City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting St James' Park?
 
I was looking forward to the match because although Newcastle United are a very good side, I thought Swansea had a chance of getting a result against them. I was also looking forward to visiting the historic St James Park, that has seen a lot of ups and downs, but is a home to a real proud football team and fans.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The journey took a long six hours travelling by car and that was with the motorway being mostly clear all the way up to the North East.On nearing Newcastle we headed for the Metrocentre in Gateshead to park. As on matchdays it operates a Park & Ride facility, where you park in the Coach Park and take the Soccerbus to St James Park. The bus took around 15 minutes to reach Newcastle and the atmosphere on board was very welcoming. When we got into the city the bus dropped us off outside the stadium and also picked us up after the match from the opposite side of the road for £1.50 which was less than most paid for parking fees etc.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Before the match, I went to the Strawberry which is a very famous pub, located just across from one corner of the Gallowgate End. There were both home away fans inside. I was surprised by how welcoming the home support were to the visiting fans, as when you go to most away games you get looked at as if your the devil or something. We had a bit of banter with the locals who were all talking about football, football, and football!
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of St James' Park?
 
First thoughts of St James park were Shearer! You could feel the passion of those 52,000 fans going to St James' Park week in week out, you get the feeling of warmth bang right in the city centre feeling. The away end is in the gods of level 7, but from there you get the good old view of not only the match, fans, but also the city and you can see famous such places the Tyne River, Baltic Exchange, bridges etc.. beyond the stands.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game itself wasn't too bad. Newcastle should have won in all fairness they wasted too many chances and Bony should have wrapped it up for Swansea near the end. The atmosphere was unbelievable it was bouncing the fans chanting all the way through the match and also the two flag displays were also terrific best stadium I've been to this season away. The stewards were average, just what do you expect, the concourse was expensive I thought but facilities were clean enough.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away from the match was like a game of skittles or 'Who Dares Wins', fans pushing through each other but do you expect of a crowd of over 52,000 people. The Go North East Soccer Buses were waiting outside St James' Park to return to the Metrocentre, which provided an excellent service.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
St James' Park and Newcastle were simply awesome! I would certainly go again hopefully next season if both teams survive. Anyways I'm going back to watch Ed Sheeran perform in the summer at St James' Park which should prove to be another excellent experience.

Newcastle United v Luton Town
FA Cup 3rd Round
Saturday 6th January 2018, 3pm
Lewis Dunk (Luton Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting St James' Park?
 
I was looking forward to the match as to see Luton town play an iconic team in Newcastle United and also to watch my team play in such an iconic stadium as St James' Park. I've followed Luton Town for a very long time now and haven't missed a single match for the last three years home and away.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The journey was much better than expected. We got a train to Newcastle Central Station. The St James' Park ground only a short distance away, less than 15 minutes walk from the railway station.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I went into a few bars close to the station which were jammed with Newcastle fans. Unlike most football matches when you go away, the home Newcastle fans welcomed us and even offered to buy me a drink. On my way to the ground I called into a Greggs Bakery shop and bought a meal deal which was well worth the £3. The staff in there were excellent towards us as well. You can feel the warmth of the city hit you. I've been to many away grounds and never experienced anything like Newcastle fans I got stuck by not knowing directions and some Newcastle fans noticed my predicament and were wonderful in pointing us in the right direction.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of St James' Park?
 
The St James' Park  Ground is simply amazing, I've heard many say that the view from the top level 7, where we were housed is rubbish. But I thought the view was excellent/ You get to see all the action in detail even though you are not at pitch side.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The atmosphere was good as the away fans had level 7 to ourselves and were making more noise by out singing the home fans. Although I was a bit out of breath walking up all those stairs to the away section.  The stewards were really polite but the facilities weren't quite what I expected from a Premier League Club.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
No problems. Luton's excellent support of 7,500 walked out of the stadium standing side by side. The Newcastle fans were generally nowhere to be seen
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: 
 
Put is this way I would go to St James' Park again even if I were a neutral.

Newcastle United v Barnsley
Football Championship League
Sunday 7th May 2017, 12 noon
Tom Bellamy (Barnsley fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting St James' Park?

This would be my second visit to St James' Park. The last time was when Barnsley had their one and only season in the Premier League in 1997/98, the score on that day being 2-1 to Newcastle. I was looking forward to seeing how much St James' Park has changed since then. Also, it was the final game of the season for both clubs. Barnsley were lying in the mid-table whilst Newcastle, although already securing automatic promotion to the Premier League, could actually be crowned Champions if they won and other results went their way.

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

I set off by car at 7.45am and arrived in Newcastle by 10:30am, via the M1, A1, then A184 and A189 which took me over the River Tyne and into the city centre There I found a car park in Ord Street which cost £5.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

As I made my way to the ground which was only a 15 min walk I called in a pub down a side street ( just can't think of the name) and had a swift pint. Although there are many pubs in the city centre near the railway station they were not all open. It could be because it was too early on a Sunday morning. It all seemed very quiet somehow. The atmosphere in the pub was subdued even with a mixture of fans.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of St James' Park?

What an impressive sight St James' Park looks when walking up the hill. It looks over the city like a fortress. The stewards and Police presence outside the ground made sure all the fans were safe. After being padded down before entering the away end at the Leazes Stand I made my way upstairs to Level 7 where my seat was. This was on Row C at the front of the upper tier. The concourse up there with the bars and food outlets are probably one of the best in the Championship. As I settled down before the game and on looking around the ground I realised how intimidating it could be with just over 50,000 home fans and barely 3,000 of ours. The noise made by the home fans all around the ground including a section of our stand was deafening to the ears.The atmosphere it created was astonishing. The view of the pitch was better than I expected with being only three rows back from the upper tier as opposed to being right at the back. It also helped by seeing the giant screen at our end, which showed all the replays throughout the game. The leg room between rows was more than adequate.

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

Newcastle, as expected, played the much better football for the entire game Barnsley didn't create any decent chances in the first half and I was not surprised at all when they took the lead on 23 minutes when De Andre Yeldin, who was causing all sorts of problems for our defence down the right wing, passed the ball to Perez, unmarked in the box, who sort of flicked the ball into the bottom corner of the net. Newcastle continued to dominate and could have increased their lead had it not been for Davies, in the Barnsley goal, pulling off a couple of great saves. And so both teams went into the break with Newcastle 1-0 up.

The second half started with Newcastle continuing to break up the Barnsley defence and yet again our keeper denying them more goals. Barnsley did create two decent scoring chances during the second half but with poor finishing came to nothing. The Magpies scored their second goal when our keeper could only parry a shot from Perez which Mbeba latched onto and smashed the ball home. Barnsley's hopes of getting anything from the game was sealed when Gayle, who came on as a late sub for Newcastle, scored their third goal on 90 min , when he was put through from the head of Mitrovic, and easily beat Davies in the Barnsley goal. And so it ended 3-0 to Newcastle United. who were a class act all through the game. The home fans then went absolutely ecstatic when they must have heard that Brighton had only drawn away at Villa, which that meant Newcastle were Champions. The Barnsley fans, however, responded by giving their own standing ovation to the Newcastle team on their success as well as showing appreciation to our own team for their contribution in the Championship in finishing 14th.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

As all the Newcastle fans remained inside the ground showing their delight in being promoted as outright champions of the league I was able to make my way back through the city centre to my car and head home.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Although not the result I wanted it was a pleasure to have seen St James' Park in all its glory. Its more than likely that it will be a few years before both teams meet again outside any cup competitions. I shall remember this day for many years simply for the occasion and a footballing lesson from the League Champions.

Newcastle United v Bristol City
Football Championship League
Saturday 25th February 2017, 3pm
Tony MacRae (Bristol City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting St James' Park?

St James' Park is a ground that I've always wanted to visit and realising it could well be a long time before we play there again I decided it was a must see, despite the distance and our current league form/position.

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

I decided to go by official supporter's coach, which left Ashton Gate at 6:30am. It was a long hike but traffic was pretty good and we were there by about 12:30. The coach dropped us a few minutes walk from the away turnstiles.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We had a wander around the outside of St James' Park which looked very impressive. There appeared to be plenty of pubs and refreshments available as the ground is in the City Centre and the home fans were really friendly and welcoming. We decided to go into the ground as soon as it opened at 1:30pm.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of St James' Park?

Although St James' Park looked great from the outside, it was even more impressive from the inside. After climbing what seemed like "never-ending" flights of stairs, the view from our seats was quite spectacular. You could see for miles across the City of Newcastle. I've been to 60-odd grounds watching City and this was the most impressive stadium (apart from Wembley Stadium) that I've visited by far.

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

The 2,700 City travelling fans created a great atmosphere. The Newcastle fans were quieter than I expected although they did rouse themselves as their team got back into the match. City were 2-0 up at half time but Newcastle fought back to draw 2-2. Like the rest of the locals we met, the stewards and kiosk staff were very friendly.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Not surprisingly it took a while for 52,000 people to clear the stadium. We didn't get out of Newcastle until around 5:30pm for the six hour journey back to Bristol

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

St James' Park is one of the best away days ever. Well worth the 600 mile round trip. The unexpected point made it even better. Would love to go back IF we play them again one day but would probably stay overnight next time, as Newcastle looks like a City worth exploring.

Newcastle United v Aston Villa
Football Championship league
Monday 20th February 2017, 8pm
Gareth Thomas Davies (Aston Villa fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting St James' Park?

St James' Park has always been an iconic ground, and I'd heard lots of away fans talk about how high up the visiting supporters section is. I really wanted to sample it for myself.

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

I took full advantage of the supporters coach from Villa Park. The journey took three and a half hours, and we were dropped off a short two minute walk from outside St James' Park. 

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

With just over an hour until kick off, and obviously being very excited about my first visit to the ground, I headed straight inside for a few beers. Didn't encounter many Toon fans before the game unfortunately.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of St James' Park?

My first impressions of St James' Park were mind blowing. It's absolutely massive from the outside, and can be seen from miles around. I honestly felt like I was entering a fortress. Very impressed!

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

The game itself was the usual awful performance that Villa fans have come to expect really. Nothing going forward, and awful in defence. Having said that, the away supporters were in fine voice as always, and the stewards seemed friendly enough to me at least. The atmosphere from the Newcastle fans was poor all game, even when they went 2-0 up. I guess that's what a 8pm kick off on a Monday night can do a lot to the atmosphere.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After the game there was a bit of trouble with the home fans, but this situation was swiftly stopped by lots of Police and Stewards.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall, despite yet another pathetic performance from the Villa, this was one of my favourite away trips for sure. St James' Park is a coliseum worth visiting!

Newcastle United v Queens Park Rangers
Football Championship League
Wednesday 1st February 2017, 7.45pm
James Walker (Queens Park Rangers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting St James' Park?

St James' Park SignI was expecting us to get absolutely slaughtered. However when the fixtures came out in the summer I said to myself that this is the one game I would not m ss this season, plus I have always wanted to experience the away end at St James' Park to see for myself this famous view.

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

The journey was easy. We got on the train at Stevenage and changed at Peterborough to get another train straight to Newcastle, arriving for just after 12:30pm. From there it was just a simple 5 minute walk to the Premier Inn Hotel where we were staying, which itself was just a 90 second walk from St James' Park!

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

After checking in to the hotel and dumping the bags in the room, I decided to walk up the stadium for a look around. From the Premier Inn Hotel you come out and turn left, turn left again then cross the road and the stadium is right there, located next to ChinaTown. I went to the shop to pick up a programme (£3) and then went in to 'The Back Page' which is a Sports Books and Football Memorabilia shop, selling all sorts of items from badges to keyrings, to signs to licence plates for all different clubs as well as Newcastle programmes from all over the years. This is located just a few seconds walk from St James' Park. After this we went in to a centre that has a lot of different restaurants in it, as well as a casino. We decided to go for a Frankie & Bennys before hitting the tables. From here it was back to the hotel to relax before going over to a Pool & Snooker Hall (Spot White) that's located opposite the stadium.

External View

St James' Park At Night

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of St James' Park?

My first thought of seeing the outside of St James' Park was being very impressed, but my first thought of seeing the inside was stunning! The stadium under the lights really is a stunning sight! There are 14 flights of stairs to climb up to reach the away end, as well as a lift for the disabled and the lazy!

Comment o n the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game itself started awfully for QPR, with Jonjo Shelvey scoring after just 38 seconds. However after that we got in to the game and had several chances before Connor Washington got us a fully deserved equaliser just before Half Time. A Matt Ritchie header soon after the restart gave Newcaastle the lead again, before a Ciaran Clark own goal in the 90th minute gave us a fantastic, and fully deserved, point. I got a Chicken Balti pie for £3.50 but it tasted awful so promptly got rid of it, and didn't bother sampling any other food in the stadium. The facilities were clean, spacious and tidy, whilst the stewards mostly kept to themselves but seemed to enjoy trying to eject away fans for anything.

View From The Away Section

View From the Away Section At St James' Park


Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Scoreboard at St James' ParkGetting away was simple as we simply went back down the stairs and followed the rest of the R's fans until we were back on the main road, then it was back to the hotel to change out of football gear in to regular clothes then back out to the snooker hall for a few hours!

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall this was an incredible night out! A great game with a new ground, a fantastic point as well as a 90th minute goal, what more could you ask for? If by some miracle Newcastle end up bottling promotion this season then I will definitely return to St James'Park next season!

Half Time Score: Newcastle United 1-1 QPR
Full Time Result: Newcastle United 2-2 QPR
Attendance: 47,907 (649 Away Fans)
My Ground Number: 101 (69 of the current 92)

 

Newcastle United vs Rotherham United
Football Championship league
Saturday 21st January 2017, 3pm
Pat (Rotherham United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting St James' Park?

As soon as the fixtures came out in the summer, Newcastle away was the one I was hunting after. It's somewhere I'd never been, and St James' Park is really considered a Premier League venue. Also, it was a ground I'd been wanting to get to for a while, with no success. I didn't think I'd ever see Rotherham United there!

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

We got a relatively early train from Sheffield. A single to York, and then another from there to Newcastle really brings the price down. As St James' Park is right in the city, is was pretty easy navigating from then onwards.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We got into Newcastle at just gone 11am, and then went looking for somewhere for a few pre-match drinks. There's a couple of decent pubs down by the Tyne Bridge, so we dived in one there. A good crowd and a good beer selection made for a welcome stay, before the 10-15 minute walk from there up to the stadium. A brisk walk, mind!

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of St James' Park?

St James' Park is enormous, the scale of it within the city really is impressive. It towers over everything else nearby, and reminds you of the status of the club that you are visiting. The Gallowgate End housing the No.9 bar and the club shop faces the city, so away fans have to walk around the other side for the Leazes stand. I'm told it's quite a number of stairs up to level 7, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the lift when you get through the turnstiles. It really made life easier! Once inside, the size and scale of the stadium hits you. It really is fantastic.

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

The game itself was the write off that we predicted it would be. We lost 4-0, enough said. The home fans took some coaxing into life, probably under whelmed at the opposition in front of him. Once their first goal went in on the stroke of half time though, they made themselves heard.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Back down the lift and away into Newcastle. It was about a ten minute walk to make it onto the street approaching the train station, and enough time for a pint in the Dog and Parrot before the train back.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A great day, and one of the best away days that you're likely to encounter in this country. It's easy enough to get to Newcastle from most parts of the country, and the ground is around a 10 minute walk from the station, right in the city centre. A city full of friendly locals, with more than enough places for a pre-match booze up, and a fantastic stadium. If you have chance to make the trip, then you definitely should!

Newcastle United v Sheffield Wednesday
Football Championship League
Monday 26th December 2016, 7.45pm
G Keyes (Sheffield Wednesday fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting St James' Park?

St James' Park is the largest stadium in the Championship League, for what I expect to be only this season and therefore I wanted to visit it on a match day. To me as I (out of choice) will never ever visit Elland Road or Bramall Lane, is until we possibly get promoted the best away day I can experience as a Wednesday fan. The fact that so many friends from work are Newcastle fans made me want to go there even more.

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

I had booked myself into a nearby hotel as Sky had made this fixture the only 19:45 kick off on Boxing Day on a night with no train services whatsoever. The fact that I wanted to enjoy the whole day including meeting my friend from work who is from Gateshead made this the best decision I could ever make.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

After a few beers down by the river I met up with my Newcastle supporting friend at the train station. After being introduced to his brother and friends who were all very friendly to me, we all had a few more beers before the game at pubs nearer to the ground. I did enjoy seeing the landlord of a pub near the ground trying in vain to quieten down some Wednesday fans that were singing their hearts out in his pub.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of St James' Park?

St James' Park is simply huge. It is a very long and tiring trek up to the away seats, but once in you get a magnificent view of the stadium. The fact that it was a sell out made it appear even better.

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

Being high up in the away end and with Wednesday fans enjoying the experience at being at one of England's best grounds, I personally never heard anything from the home fans, no singing at all. I was might have been too drunk to remember too much about the game but as we won 1-0. Maybe the scoreline reflected in the lack of atmosphere from the home support.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

For me no problems at all. A 15 minute walk back to my hotel.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

St James' Park is a great day out that I will hopefully I will repeat one day in the Premier League.

Newcastle United v Brentford
Football Championship League
Saturday 15th October 2016, 3pm
Big Dave (Brentford fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting St James' Park?

As a very loyal Brentford fan I couldn't not wait to play Newcastle because their fans are the loudest and also to be able to go to St James Park which is like a Wembley stadium compared to our Griffin Park home.

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

On the Friday me and my two sons travelled up from Surrey as we were booked into a hotel in Gateshead. We parked our car in the Metro Centre coach park, as that is what my Newcastle United friend told me to do.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Before the game we went to Mcdonalds in the Metro Centre and then caught a bus at 1pm into Newcastle, which took about 30 minutes. Even at around 1:30pm the traffic was starting to build up and after getting off the bus we took a walk up to St James' Park. On entering the ground we were searched by stewards, which I found strange as they didn't appear to be searching home fans. 

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of St James' Park?    

Simply the sheer size and the 51,000 attendance, made it look amazing. It is not very often that Brentford get to play in front of such a large crowd.

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

I would rate the atmosphere as 10/10 because the noise was very loud and also the home fans near us were chanting with fun with ours which was very good. Stewards would have to be 6/10 as they were rather grumpy. The Police in attendance in my view were more better as they were helpful. Toilets: 8/10 as they were clean concourse: 10/10 staff couldn't be more helpful Stairs up to the away section: 2/10 killed my legs! View: Seating up in 'the Gods' 10/10, we could see loads of action.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Leaving the stadium was a concern, as the sheer number of fans trying to cross roads and dart in and out of traffic, was a bit of a nightmare.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

10/10 best away match I have ever been to (event though we lost 3-1). I've followed Brentford and England for the last ten years and have never came across as much passion as the Geordies have for their team. 

Newcastle United v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Football Championship League
Saturday 17th September 2016, 3pm
Richard Fletcher (Wolverhampton Wanderers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting St James' Park?

As soon as Newcastle were relegated I was planning of my away day up north, praying that it wouldn't be scheduled for a Tuesday night! It's a city I have always wanted to visit, and the stadium is up there with the best.

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

My journey was a three and a half hour drive up from Rugby, but was actually very straight forward and traffic free.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We parked up at 11:30am, and then made our way to the city centre for some food. We had a Greggs and then sat in Eldon Square Park and had a few beers as it was a nice day. The atmosphere in the city is fantastic, you can tell it is a "proper" football city.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of St James' Park?

The St James' Park ground is superb. Obviously you are very high up in the away end, but the view is still good and you also get a very good view of the big screen. If all four sides were like the two larger stands, then it would be up there with the best stadiums in Europe.

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

Rather surprisingly, Wolves played very well and won 2-0. Newcastle certainly had an off-day, and we caught them cold. The atmosphere was very subdued from the home fans throughout the game, whereas the Wolves fans were fantastic.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

I love the way the stadium is in the heart of the city, so you can literally be in an evening hot spot five minutes after leaving the match. The journey home again was traffic free and straight forward.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Nice city. Nice stadium. Great game. Good result. Happy days!

Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion
Premier League
6th February 2016, 3pm
Kev and Jean Edwards (West Bromwich Albion fans)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting St James' Park?    

We always stay over in North Shields when Newcastle is a weekend game. We stayed at the Ferry Terminal Premier Inn, which was reasonably priced. 

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

Car parking was okay. We have previously parked at the University and at the NCP right by St James' Park. But this time we decided to try the multi-storey at the Royal Infirmary as recommended on this site.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

We did a little shopping beforehand as my wife forgot to pack her coat (on purpose I think). Then we went to the Keel Row Wetherspoons pub. We have visited this pub pre match 3 or 4 times in the past as it is not far from St James' Park. Not that big as other Wetherspoon (only one floor ..toilets on upper floor) But if you are lucky enough to get a table happy days.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of St James' Park?    

Having visited the stadium (I refuse to call it a ground as it is a fantastic stadium) many times I have always been impressed when it first catches my eye. However the away section seems to be further away on every visit and as for the stairs well......oxygen mask! Although on this occasion the stewards asked if we would like to go up on the lift.....YES!

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

Massive concourse with brilliant views of Newcastle while eating a Balti pie and supping a cuppa.. On to the game which was totally one sided with Newcastle's newbies Shelvey and Townsend playing superbly and West Brom being totally poor. Newcastle took the lead after half an hour, which turned out to be the only goal of the game. If it were not for some poor finishing by Newcastle then it could have been more. Hopefully by the time you read this then the Pullis era will be no more.. Not really a good view of the match as you are simply too high up..

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was good although at first we couldn't locate the multi-storey car park as we went to the infirmary and the car park is at the rear of it. Once we located it was easy to get away as we were going to the Tyne Bridge and the other traffic being local going the opposite way. The car park cost us £8, staying from midday to 5.30pm.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Will always go to Newcastle when we play at the weekend and work permits.. Stewards were very friendly as were there fans. As for the Albion display...VERY poor

Newcastle United v Manchester United
Premier League    
Tuesday 12th January 2016, 7.45pm
Walter Simpson (Manchester United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting St James' Park?

I had heard much about the city and its nightlife. I had previously only been when I was 16 so I wasn't able to do much then. Other than that, its a very historic place to watch football.

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

Its one of the few grounds in the country which is in the heart of city centre. We went up from Manchester by train and its only a 10 minute walk from the central railway station. There's a metro line as well.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Home fans were pretty friendly. There's a plethora of pubs around the city and near St James' Park. We were spoilt for choice and ended up doing a pub crawl! It was a night game so had enough time as well. The only disadvantage I would say is the fact that there's no one individual pub designated for away fans, so the visiting supporters are pretty much scattered, which means there's little pre-match singing etc..

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides St James' Park?

The most obvious point was the fact that the away end has seven flights of stairs to climb, before you reach the away seating area. I'm asthmatic so it was a small issue walking up as there was no lift. Other than that, the away fans get a brilliant view of the city. The game itself seems miles away despite no restricted views.

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

The concourse was a lot smaller than other grounds co nsidering the away allocation they give is huge. Alcohol's a bit pricey but the pies were great. Stewards were friendly, but they did ask a few fans to remove flags which I feel was unnecessary.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Since its a big capacity ground, there were a lot of people getting out. The area outside the stadium is quite big so there was no difficulty in getting away from the crowds. Didn't use any public transport/taxis as the train station was quite close and we were easily able to catch the last train.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Its a great place to go and watch football, and have a nice day out. If your team's playing on a weekend I'd recommend staying the night and experiencing the nightlife. Overall it was a fab and comfortable day.

 

Newcastle United v Norwich City 
Premier League 
Sunday 18th October 2015, 4pm
William Horwood (Norwich City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting St James' Park?

A large group of us attended as part of my brother's stag weekend. Many of us had wanted to visit St James's Park for a long time, and aside from the outcome of the match we were not disappointed. 

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

We were staying in a house in Tynemouth over the weekend, so it was a 25 minute metro journey to St James' Park. The metro is clearly signposted and easy to navigate.  

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We had a pint in the garden of a cafe bar in the shadow of St James' Park. The home fans we encountered were very friendly.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of St James' Park?

St James' Park as a whole is very impressive, although away supporters are housed a very long way from the action. You need to arrive at the ground in good time as you will either have to wait for a lift or climb an awful lot of stairs. 

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

The match was like watching basketball. We lost 6-2, but hit the woodwork twice and had a shot cleared off the line, so it could easily have ended 6-5. The atmosphere was loud and raucous, especially as Newcastle turned the screw in the second half. The stadium design keeps the noise in really well, helping to create a good atmosphere. I didn't notice any over the top stewarding, which was good and the half-time pie was passable. 

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

This is one of the better grounds for getting away quickly. The metro station is right there, or it's a short walk to Newcastle Central station.  

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I would definitely recommend a visit to St James's Park. Do, however, be sure to arrive in good time to get to the top of the away end so as not to miss kick-off.

Newcastle United v Chelsea
Premier League
Saturday 26th September 2015, 5.30pm
Doug Rougvie (Chelsea fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting St James' Park?

I'd only ever been to Newcastle once, back in 2000 so I was looking forward to doing the ground again. With it being a late kick off I also decided to make a weekend of it up in Tyneside.

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

We went by train arriving in Newcastle at 12.50pm leaving us plenty of time to sample a few pints before the game.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We drank in a pub around the corner from the station called The Union Room, nice big Wetherspoons pub. There were mostly Chelsea fans present inside, with some "Blues Brothers" from Glasgow Rangers as well. The Newcastle fans we met were very friendly.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of St James' Park?

I had forgotten just how over powering the ground looks from the outside amongst the other buildings nearby. I  didn't like though the top tier sections for away fans, it was a perfect view but you just feel far to distant from the action and the vocal home support in the lower tiers.

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

Chelsea were terrible for 70mins of the game, but somehow we managed to snatch a late 2-2 draw which felt like a win at the end. We maybe should have won it in the last minute or so but the Newcastle keeper saved our chance. I thought the atmosphere was good but I've experienced better.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After the game we done a pub crawl led by a local Chelsea fan, so we got away easily and enjoyed the hospitality.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Great weekend in a great city, will definitely try to do another weekend stay in the future.

Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion
Premier League
Saturday 9th May 2015, 3pm
Sam Foord (West Bromwich Albion fan)

Why you were looking forward to going to St James' Park?

After an away win at Old Trafford the previous week in the league, my hopes were high of getting another win against a Newcastle team who were currently on a streak of 8 losses! Also tickets were priced at £5 for students, so I roped my brother in to join me on the long journey north!

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

Went on the supporters coaches with my brother, got picked up from the Hawthorns at 9am in the morning. I had looked up how far away Newcastle was but nothing prepared me for how long the journey would take, it seemed to take forever! Luckily when we arrived the coach pulled up within a minutes walk of St James' Park.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

We arrived in Newcastle around 1.30pm so me and my brother thought we would use the hour to explore the city centre. As my brother isn't old enough to drink I didn't get to go to any pubs unfortunately! There was though a brilliant football memorabilia shop called "the back page" not far from the ground. It is well worth a visit. The local Geordies seemed very friendly and we had a laugh with some Newcastle fans in the city centre... though a group of 12 year old kids did shout that "west from are s***!" at my brother which we just found funny!

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

The ground is awe inspiring...the size of it is incredible! The walk up to our seats took us up 14 flights of stairs and it was worth it for the fantastic view of the stadium and the city of Newcastle! The away end is right up in the gods, so you might need binoculars! However, the seats were well spaced and the seats were good as well. From what I could see the rest of the stadium seemed to be up to a very high standard.

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

Atmosphere from the Newcastle fans was a little disappointing... but this was to be expected after their dire run of form and the strange outburst of their manager John Carver in the previous game! Albion went 1-0 up thanks to Victor Anichebe and the Albion fans really gave a good cheer! Then a few minutes later Newcastle equalised...the noise was deafening! After that the game played itself out as a 1-1 draw, though Albion having the better of the chances.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away was easy (much easier walking down stairs than up them!) and the coach was parked a minute walk away from the stadium.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall, a fantastic day out even though we only got a point and the game was fairly forgettable! The beauty of Newcastle and the size of St James Park made it a brilliant day out for me and my brother!

Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion
Premier League
Saturday 9th May 2015, 3pm
Alex Hopwood (West Bromwich Albion fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting St James' Park?

St. James' Park is an iconic stadium for English football and one I've always wanted to visit. Albion weren't quite over the relegation line despite the fantastic 1-0 win at Old Trafford the week before. It was also being described as Newcastle's biggest game of the season. So it had the potential to be a really good match.

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

Me and my friend travelled with Baggies coach travel so the journey wasn't too problematic for us personally. We always knew it would be a long trip so the four hour journey wasn't a surprise. The ground was visible as soon as we entered the city and from this point on the ride was short and simple.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

The coach dropped us off right outside St James' Park and with little knowledge of where we were we didn't really fancy wandering off into the city. Because of this we decided to head straight into the ground and up the seven flights of stairs. The home fans were friendly enough and seemed more focused on their own team than us. The food inside the ground was of reasonable quality and wasn't too overpriced.

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

The ground was impressive and the view from the away stand is even better. You get a clear view of the city as well as the stadium and the leg room is one of the best I've seen. The stewards were helpful in helping us find our seats and overall we were satisfied. However there were a couple of faults. I found the seats to be overused and felt like they were going to break from beneath me every time I sat down. Also, I wouldn't recommend getting seats right on the very end of the stand over by the windshield when in a group, as there is a row with just one seat up against the wall. Because of this I found myself separated from the person I attended the game with as well as the majority of travelling baggies fans.

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

The game took a while to get going with the early singing of the Albion fans being the only entertainment. The atmosphere from the Newcastle fans was frosty in parts and never really got going until they scored. It was Albion who took the lead in the 32nd minute through the head of Victor Anichebe, and in all honesty it came against the run of play. It took Newcastle just 11 minutes to equalise thanks to a good strike from Ayoze Perez and the score at half time was 1-1. This was how it remained to the final whistle with both teams having chances to win it during the second period. The atmosphere from the home fans was better in the second half as they pursued a vital three points in their season. On the other hand, Albion were all but safe and seemed content with the point, and this showed with the relaxed atmosphere from within the away stand.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground and finding our coach was very easy as it was only round the corner from the exit. We integrated into a large group of Newcastle fans with no trouble and enjoyed a bit of lighthearted banter on the coach with a young group of toon fans waiting in the bus stop over the road. The trip back down to the West Midlands was a long but happy one knowing that the baggies will be playing Premier League football again next season.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I thought Newcastle was a really fun day out and I certainly wouldn't mind making the trip again next year. The game didn't live up to what was expected but the stadium it was played in made up for that, a long with the all important point Albion needed to stay up successfully achieved.

Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion
Premier League
Saturday 9th May 2015, 3pm
John Holding (West Bromwich Albion fan)

Why you were looking forward to going to St James' Park?
Always been looking to go to St James Park. Finally had the chance, with kick off being at 3 o clock on a Saturday!

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    
Drove up from the Midlands for a long days drive but worth it. Very straight forward to the ground. Instead of going through the city centre (Gateshead), simply followed the A1 around Newcastle, until Westerhope. Then went straight into Newcastle City Centre. We spotted a large sign detailing what city centre car parks were available and we ended it up parking in the Eldon multi-storey car park.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    
The homes fans were very friendly considering where their team lies in the table before before and after the game (2 points above relegation) Burger before game (£4)

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?
After catching my breath after climbing to the top of the stairs and then entering the away section then the thought was just wow! The concourse is huge at the back of the stand. The view from the seats was good considering you are very high up. Also the leg room was plentiful.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    
Steward friendly enough. Atmosphere wasn't the best, probably down to nerves from the home fans. But we got the point we needed to stay up, as it finished 1-1.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Took 30 minutes to get back to the car park. Out and on the long journey back shortly after. If using the Eldon Car park. Turn right at the lights. Right at T junction. 3rd exit on island. This will take you back onto the B1318.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Brilliant day out. Just would of been a very long trip back if we lost.

Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion
Premier League
Saturday 9th May 2015, 3pm
Alex Smith (Doing The 92)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to St James' Park?
As the current league season for my team, Coventry City, had ended, me and my dad looked to take advantage of the Premiership League still playing for a further few weeks. So we decided to visit St James' Park for the simple fact that I had never been there before and the ticket prices were more than reasonable! In fact we have paid more to watch some Coventry away games in League One this season.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
In the morning we drove to Tamworth Railway Station as its the only station local to us as we that you can get to Newcastle direct from. We hopped on the 07:44 service and after a very boring four hour train journey we arrived in Newcastle for about quarter to midday. St James' Park is like a huge shrine in the centre of the City and it just stands out, being visible from some distance away. So finding the ground was not an issue at all. 

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
With plenty of time to spare before kick off we walked round Newcastle City Centre and went for a coffee and put some bets on for the day's football ahead. At about 1pm we walked up to the Stadium and had a look round there for half an hour, afterwards we went to the NINE bar at the ground and watched the midday match between Everton and Sunderland (A game that didn't go down too well with the locals as Sunderland won) when the game finished we made our way into the ground. Geordies have a reputation for being friendly and they did that reputation no harm! They were more than happy to give directions and were easy to chat to! 

4. What you thoughts on seeing St James' Park?
The Stadium is absolutely Stunning! I was more than impressed with St James Park! The positioning of the ground is perfect, in the Middle of the City Centre, where in my opinion every stadium should be.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
It was generally a fairly poor match of football. Victor Anichebe but WBA 1-0 up in the 33rd minute before Ayoze Perez equalised for Newcastle just before half time. The atmosphere was a mixture of emotions, as for a while after West Brom scored the atmosphere was fairly hostile - with most Newcastle fans frustrations being vented at the Directors Box and at manager John Carver. Although the atmosphere did lift when Newcastle equalised, the draw mixed with other results lifted Newcastle them up the table. Stewards were no problem but can't comment on quality of refreshments. 

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
No problem at all! Just come back the way we came - Train no issues! We we're even home in time to watch 'Match Of The Day' on telly.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Absolutely fantastic, Would love to go back again at some point in the future. If you're traveling with your team or just doing the 92, the long journey up to Newcastle is really worth it!

Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur
Premier league
Sunday, 19th April 2015, 4pm
Mark Coome (Tottenham Hotspur)

Why you were looking forward to going to St James' Park?
I haven't been to Newcastle since 1974 and the ground has changed so much since then.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
We went on the coach so the route in was as per police instructions, as was our arrival time and we parked up on Barrack Road, near Leazes Park.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
We asked a friendly police officer which were the away pubs. He said there weren't any real designated pubs and he directed us towards the Gallowgate area and said look for pubs down there. In the end we went through Chinatown and ended up in Tilleys Bar on Westgate Road. It was a real ale pub with a cracking selection of hand pulled ales and a vast collection of bottled beers. Atmosphere was friendly and there were a mix of home and away fans in there.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?
Very impressed with the early sightings of the ground. I had been warned about the massive climb up to the away end. I thought it was 15 sets of stairs that I counted. To make it worse we were on row W, right at the back of the away section which made it even more of a climb. The view though was good and as it was sunny you got a great view of the surrounding area.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.. 
The stewards were very friendly as were the home fans. One even took our photo for us outside having volunteered his services. I did have my flag scrutinised to see what was written on it. As there were demos outside the ground against Mike Ashley and a boycott, they were checking for any 'Ashley Out' banners. The atmosphere from the home fans was virtually non-existent. A few thousand had stayed away and those in the ground failed to get behind the team. We had 3,000 supporters there so the atmosphere in the away sections was good. The game sparked a bit more into life seconds into the second half when Colback equalised for them, but even that didn't rouse the Geordie fans. Spurs upped their game and in the end ran out comfortable 3-1 winners with Harry Kane scoring his 30th goal of the season in added on time.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
We were a bit slower getting back to the bus as there were a few more demonstrations outside afterwards and we probably went the long way round as well (last back on the coach, not good!). Once under way it was steady getting out of Newcastle.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Really enjoyed the trip with the Scunthorpe Spurs. I took my niece who is a Newcastle fan and paying her first visit to the Toon and in spite of the score she had a good day too. Spurs also paid for our coach, which was a nice touch from the club.

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* Although the Club didn't move in until 1892, the land had been used for football since 1880.

Updated 12th September 2018

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