“ St James' Park is an all-seater stadium in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, and is the home of Newcastle United Football Club. The stadium has a capacity of 52,387, making it the fourth largest football stadium in England. The four sides of the ground are known as the Gallowgate End (officially the Newcastle Brown Ale Stand), the Leazes End (officially the Sir John Hall Stand), the Milburn Stand (after 1950s player Jackie Milburn) and the East Stand. It was first used by Newcastle United in 1892 after the unification of Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End, although football had been played there since 1880. „
The home of Newcastle United Football Club, this stadium has now changed it's name to the Sports Direct Arena (hopefully not for long, it will always be known as St. James' Park to the fans).
The stadium has a capacity of just over 52000 and has been expanded a couple of times since Newcastle started playing here in 1892. Generally, there are seats available for 3000 away fans, although more are made available for cup games.
Since the start of this season (2012/13) a regulation pitch size has been introduced. Now all pitches are to measure 150, x 68m.
How to get here
It is pretty easy to find the ground, especially on a match day as you can just follow the thousands of black and white shirts heading there (this might mean following them for a couple of refreshment stops on the way too).
The ground is in the centre of Newcastle and is therefore within walking distance of the railway station and metro stations.
There is a multi storey car park at the stadium but this is nearly impossible to get a space in on a match day, plus with the crowds you could be stuck for a long time trying to get out. There are plenty of other car parks round the city which would be a better option on a matchday. If you are just going for a stadium tour or to see the ground on any other day the car park at the stadium should be ideal.
There are four stands which are all seated,
The Newcastle Brown Ale Stand is the official name for what will always be known as the Gallowgate end.
The Sir John Hall stand is the official name for what is known as the Leazes end.
The Milburn stand is the only one which is referred to by it's actual name. This was named after the footballer Jackie Milburn
In this stand, you will find the media boxes, directors' boxes and a family enclosure.
The East Stand (hopefully this will be changed to the Sir Bobby Robson Stand).
There are plenty of both male and female toilets dotted around the stadium, although at half time the queues can be quite long. The toilets are very basic but had plenty of soap and toilet roll and actually a little better than I expected at a football ground (you should've seen the York City ones a few years back!).
There is a club shop outside the ground which is also a Sports Direct. You can pick up NUFC merchandise at good prices here, I find it better value than a lot of other club shops.
There is also 'Shearer's Bar' where you can have a drink before the match, if you haven't managed to get a ticket for the game they have the games on televisions in here so you can go to watch the match in here.
There are plenty of places to get a drink or something to eat inside the stadium. To be honest this is fine for before the game but gets so busy at half time that I feel it's not worth the hassle.
One thing I cannot stand about the Newcastle United tickets sales system is the fact that a lot of tickets for home games are not available to purchase directly from Newcastle United until 2 weeks before the match day. This can cause all sorts of unnecessary travel costs, for example by booking a flight, train fare, bus fare or accommodation for fans who do not live in Newcastle can be much more cost effective than trying to get travel a couple of weeks before a game. In my experience, for most games other than derby games or games against the biggest teams, getting a ticket has never been an issue, but many fans may not want to go ahead and pay for travel and accommodation without the guarantee of a ticket. One way to get around this is to buy the ticket from another ticket vendor which may cost a bit more than booking directly with the site but it would only be a few pounds in the difference and worth it to proceed with arrangements.
Another feature which has been introduced is a membership. If you pay £25 a year membership you will be able to purchase home tickets earlier than they go on general sale, you will also receive a discount on the ticket price and not have to pay a booking fee. Only members can buy tickets for away games through the club directly. They also offer food and drinks discounts and a discount on tours and in the club store so if you are a regular at the stadium it is probably worth your while getting the membership.
Season tickets vary in price, depending on where in the ground you are sat, but are on average around £550.
The price of a ticket for a single game also depends on where you want to sit, availability and who the opposition are. For example to buy a ticket for Newcastle vs Norwich, these are currently starting at £15, to watch Newcastle vs Sunderland though will start at £53.99 due to it being in demand as it is a local derby. Tickets for matches against Manchester United and Manchester City are around £40 at the moment.
The club did recently offer kids entry for £5 for a recent Europa League fixture, which I thought was fantastic, watching the game on television there seemed to be lots of families in the crowd and these days it can prove so costly to take the whole family to a game that promotions like this should be offered more often!
If you happen to be in Newcastle when there is no match on you are still able to take a stadium tour. This costs £10 for adults, £5 for children and £7 for concessions.
The tour involves a guide who gives you information and takes you around the stadium to see the changing rooms, dugouts, conference facilities, the view from the highest point in the stadium and the press areas.
I was on the tour before a couple of years ago and thought it was well worth the money, it's a must for any fans who can't make it on a match day!
You can also book private facilities here, there are function rooms available for conferences, parties and even weddings - I actually checked out the prices and they are surprisingly competitively priced for weddings (I still couldn't twist my sisters arm enough though as her fiancée is a Middlesboro fan!).
Outside the ground is a memorial garden in memory of the late Sir Bobby Robson (that's my profile picture).
I love visiting St James' Park and try to do so as often as I can. My only issue was the last time I went I left the booking of the tickets to somebody else and from where I was sat I felt like I was in the roof, I could only figure out which players were which by the colour of their boots.
To be honest this didn't bother me too much, as the whole atmosphere around the ground is an experience in itself and I did get a good view of the one goal that was scored as it was scored in the goal I was sat behind (or above).
I would recommend people who do not go regularly and don't know what to expect to be careful when booking tickets to ensure you can see everything, also for those who may have any walking difficulties these seats wouldn't be very good as we had to walk up a lot of steps to our seats. On the plus side, The layout of the ground works and nobody should have a problem with seeing the game no matter how big the person's head is in front of you!
There are lifts and escalators at various points around the ground and disabled access is good, especially in the Milburn Stand.
I love St James Park, I have been to many football grounds around Europe and think the atmosphere here is one which is hard to be beaten, the away fans always seem to have a great day out and are made welcome in the city. Security is good and it's always been a great day of fun.
ST James' Park is the home of The Premier League team of Newcastle United FC.
The land, at Castle Leazes, was originally played on by Newcastle Rangers in September 1880. They named the site ST James' Park. By 1892 after abandoning the site and then returning the ground had an enclosed area with wooden fencing and a roped off pitch.
In 1893 as Newcastle East end merged with West End, Newcastle United FC was adopted as the name of the club with ST James' Park as their ground.
Work started to be done on the ground and stands in the east and south sides of the grounds. The West side of the ground had seating. By 1905 crowds were often seen in excess of 50,000.
In 1929 a roof was placed on the north end of the ground and known as the Leazes End.
Little else changed at the ground until 1958 when four floodlight towers were constructed.
Continually work took place at ST James' and most notibally was in 1999 - 2000 where the stadium capacity of 36,000 up to its current 52,138. The stadium is made up of the east stand which has south east corner and north east corner. To the right (behind the goal) is the Sir John Hall Stand (popularly known as the Leezes End). The corner of this is the Leazes corner. Along the side of the pitch is the Milburn Stand (this stand contains seating along with the press box and the directors box.) Behind the goal is the Gallowgate Stand. This is the most famous end and traditionally made up of the more vocal fans. It is also know by some as the Strawberry Corner as the pub (with the same name) is just yards away.
Having been there on many occasions it is one of my favourite grounds. When Newcastle are playing well and the crowd gets behind them there is no atmosphere like it in the world. However; if the fans feel like the team is not performing to their abilities then it can become quite a cold and nasty atmosphere to play in.
My favourite places to sit are behind the goal in the Gallowgate end. You find the more traditional fans chanting in the Gallowgate and there is always a buzz. Also it is worth sitting at the top of the Leazes end. This is where the away fans have a section. There is a younger loud group of Newcastle fans who sit there abd always try and create an atmosphere.
The seats in ground are mainly grey. In the lower part of the East Stand there are black and white sections of seats to match the famous shirts of Newcastle United.
It is one of the best in England and would easily be in my top 20 grounds int the world.
St James' Park is the home to Newcastle United FC. The stadium seats 52,387 one of the largest in England. It underwent its latest expansion from 1998-2000. The ground has one of the more distinctive shapes in football with two massive stands, the Milburn and Sir John Hall stands. These are complemented by the two smaller stands, the East stand and the Gallowgate. It is beautiful stadium.
The ground is right in the centre of Newcastle which makes it one of the most convenient in the country. It has plenty of surrounding pubs to have a pre or post match drink. This means that there is plenty of car parking space if you are coming into the game that way or it has a few convenient metro stations which run out to other towns throughout the North East.
The stadium inside is what you would expect from a premier league ground. The catering is at very best sub standard and horribly overpriced, the bars are also of a poor standard with lager being served in plastic cups and I'm pretty convinced it is watered down.
To summarize St James' Park is a brilliant stadium to visit as long as you don't buy any food.
I first visited St James` Park in 1974 with my Dad when I was only 6 years old. I fell in love with Newcastle when Malcolm McDonald scored the only goal of the game against Stoke (I think but don`t beat me if I`m wrong).
Since then I have visited the ground on countless occassions, I`ve supported the team through thick and mostly thin just like every other fan. I won`t lie and say that I go to every game because I don`t. I won`t put up with sub-standard football even from my own team.
The stadium, however, is anything but sub-standard. It is easily one of the best grounds in the country and one of the biggest. With a 52000+ capacity it is now the 3rd biggest stadium in the English football league.
The way it has beeen extended over the years leaves you with a mis-match of architetcure around the whole ground, with different height stands.
Its a real cauldron when a big game is being played (less often these days) and the crowd can become the twelfth man.
I`ve experienced the facilities at Newcastle at all levels and I have to say they are fantastic. For the hard-core fan there are plenty of bar and refreshment areas. As usual inside football grounds you pay over the odds for everything, but its a decent pint and the food is decent enough.
At corporate level you have a choice of a private box or dining in one of the suites. I have been fortunate enough to be a guest to both many times. Both choices have their own advantages.
Dining in the 206 club is a lovely experience. A top-notch 3 course meal with flowing alcohol (usually provided by a host) and hosted currently by Peter Bearsdley and John Beresford. After a guest speaker (usually an injured first team player) you go outside for the match, sitting on leather cushioned seats in the company of people like Steve Bruce, Michael Chopra, Lee Clark, Glen McCrory and Brendan Forster. It`s a brilliant day out.
In the box its a different story but every bit as good. I was situated next to Shola Ameobi`s box the first time so I obviously got his autograpgh for my son, (not convinced about that one anymore!!).
The good thing here is you still get an excellent meal and plenty of flowing alcohol, but you can also watch in the warmth through the patio doors if you wish (and you can raid the fridge!!). And the very best thing is you don`t have to push past people every time you need to visit the toilet.
I`ve never experienced corporate entertainment at any other ground so I`ve nothing to compare it to but I would be hard pushed to get better service and attention to detail.
Not everybody gets the chance to watch the toon play in such comfort, but if you do grab it because its a superb experience.
St James PArk, home of Newcastle United and one of the biggest grounds in the country has toda been renamed The SportsDirect.com@St James Park stadium.
Newcastle has finally plumbed a new low in its long and occasionally succesfull history, the club that had such great players as Jackie Milburn, Malcom McDonald, Kevin Keegan, Chris Waddle, Peter Beardsley, Gazza, Alan Shearer and managed by the great Bobby robson has now lost al sense of reality.
I'm not a Newcastle fan but lived in Newcastle for 2 years in the mid nineties at the time under the stewardship of KK Newcastle played some of the most exciting football seen for a generation, they should have won the 1995 Premiership but threw it away because they couldn't defend. Since those days, the club has been a top 6 team until the sacking of Bobby Robson in 2005 since then the club has been in terminal decline with relegation last year to the championship.
In 2008, Mike Ashley bought the club and has successfully made the dreams of Sunderland and Middesbrough fans through out the football following world. We've had the cockney mafia, attempts to sell, a chairman downing a pint in one at the Emirates, the appointment of Roy Kinnear and managing to annoy Shearer. Now Ashley has taken the club off the market and as another slap in the face of the normal Geordie fan is to chance the name of their famous stadium. Get the man out and get the club in the hands of someone who cares for it because leaving it too long will leave a club without any links to its Geordie heartlands.
I'm going to give the review 4 stars and all are for the stadium, its big, well designed, cracking atmosphere and when there was a big game played at the castle on the hill there was nothing better and I'm not even a newcastle fan.
As a Newcastle fan, St James Park holds a very special place in my heart. I hate to sound bias but the city of Newcastle is a thriving city and one of my favourite places to be in the world. One of the best nights out in Britain with the River Tyne running through it and all with a 52,000 seater stadium at the pinnacle of the city. I adore the location of St James Park as I have been to many a football ground that is in the middle of nowhere and in the most boring locations. The fact that St James is right at the peak of the city is not only brilliant and great to look at from a distance, but also suitable. It is a common misconception that the geordie public are deluded because of the few who hog the Sky Sports News cameras. The geordies live for football and love their club like nothing else which is why the location of St James Park at the heart of the city is very suited. The surrounding area to the ground is unique with it being fairly high up but still in a busy area.
I still get the buzz walking up those steps and seeing the pitch, seeing the big Newcastle United sign and the two massive stands but not so much Ashley's Sports Direct sign. Wherever you are you get a decent view, though i'm sure some of the away support up in the Gods wouldn't agree. Hearing the Blaydon Races and Local Hero really gets you in the mood to will the lads on and the roar of a Newcastle goal is like no other. St James has been louder in previous times but that is a sign of modern times as much as it is a sign of the club's poor management. When St James Park is rocking though, it is really rocking!
As far as facilities go, there are plenty of pubs darted around the city all in a close range to the stadium, which is the beauty of the location. I have had access to a box once before, where the service is brilliant with a three course meal and plenty of drinks. Not my thing personally but if you are a sandwich of the prawn variety it is there for you. I have been on the pitch which is such an experience and thrill looking up into the stands. The pitch used to be pretty poor consistently but is seeing consistently better days now.
The only thing that St James doesn't have in accordance to most grounds of bigger clubs is a big screen, but I don't mind this much because there are boards dotted around the ground which show how many minutes have gone which is all that is required in my opinion.
Fantastic ground, proud to call it the home of Newcastle United and proud it hasn't been renamed by some sponsor.
As a Newcastle fan I have been to St James' Park many times. It is a brilliant stadium on all accounts and in this review I will show you why.
St James' Park is right in the middle of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, a big and vibrant City, with endless amounts of restaurants, bars, clubs, coffee shops and shops in general with Eden Square shopping centre being about half a mile away. The city is always buzzing before and after a match at St James' aswell. Due to its close proximity to the city, the option to do something worth while before and after the event at St James' is very much always there. St James' Park is renowned for its location, not many stadiums are in the city, never mind the city centre, the location of this stadium simply could not be better.
There are 2 bus stations within a 5 minute walk of the stadium, one being at Monument and the other being Haymarket. There is also metro network that goes throughout the city and beyond, with a station right at St James' Park, so when you walk out, you are right there. You may need to change trains to get to here though so it might be best to get off at Monument or Haymarket metro stations if you are on that line. If you are staying in a hotel in the area then the metro will take you right there aswell. The metro also goes right from the airport and offers a days unlimited travel for just £3.20. Just like location, getting to and from St James' Park could not be easier.
Food and drink inside the stadium
Before you go into the stadium with your ticket, you can go to the public areas of the ground for food and drink with St James' Cafe and Shearer's Bar being next door to each other and the club shop at the Gallowgate End. Inside the ground you will find a food and drink bar (alcoholic and non alcoholic) at every access point so you will not be lost for something to eat and drink, just expect to queue for it.
The atmosphere in the stadium depends on where you sit and what is at stake in the match, if its a football match of course. If it is a football match the atmosphere is generally decent, but to get the real atmosphere try sitting in the Gallowgate end or the Sir John Hall stand level 7, these areas have the most noise in the stadium by far. A lot of families tend to sit up on level 7 of the Milburn stand, if that is what you are looking for. Of course if there is a lot at stake in the match, the entire ground will be electric.
Overall this stadium is excellent even if you are not a fan of Newcastle United. It is most definitely worth a visit. It is one of the best stadiums to visit in England, and if you take the location into account it is arguably thee best. You will not be disappointed.
St James Park is the home of Newcastle United Football Club and with this it is the home of some of the best stadium atmosphere in the football premiership (though I am liable to be biased). As stadiums go, this one is pretty attractive with a wire frame around the outside (you can sort of see it in the picture).
The stadium is large with 55000 capacity and is frequently sold out provided it is not a European game. Totally seated, the seats extend to quite a height, however the game is definitely still watchable from the top- though being lower down is preferable.
If you are in Newcastle, it is certainly worth going to a game. You might regret it otherwise since walking round town doing shopping you can hear frequent roars from the stadium which echo around the city.
The stadium boasts a lot of corporate function rooms and also has a community support section with lots of computers and technology from which they run free courses for school kids which are great.
My one and only visit to St James Park, home of Newcastle United Football Club, came around 6 years ago and the match was a Premier League encounter between Newcastle and West Bromwich Albion. There was little riding on the game but the atmosphere was just electric and i'll get to that more later.
Firstly, the outer stadium and build up. The first thing you notice is the enormous structure that forms half of the stadium. You begin to imagine what it would be like at the top of that and I very nearly found out as my ticket was about 20 rows from the back. It is such an impressive sight and, added to that is the general mood around the place on match days, you couldn't help be inspired by it all. This was a time when local heroes Bobby Robson and Alan Shearer were the main men and everywhere I went outside there were little reminders of that.
Once entering the stadium you are greeted by a fantastic concourse area, full of vibrancy and energy. The fans are so friendly, but a lot of that comes from the comfortable surroundings, the wide concourse walkway and the well priced food and drink. As good as all that was, I just wanted to get to my seat and sample the moment I had been waiting for.
The feeling walking through the tunnel and out into the stadium was amazing. Such passion, such enthusiasm and such a view. It was high enough already, but as I looked at my row number, I began to realise that I was going to be going quite a bit higher yet. Still, even all the way up there, the players looked clear and you could make out who they were no problem at all.
The seats were well though out in the respect that they offered plenty of leg room and were set at such a level that you could always see, even when a 6ft Geordie would stand up and shout h'way every two minutes. The pitch was in terrific condition and the overall experience, helped along by the enthusiastic PA announcer, was just splendid.
As a Doncaster Rovers fan, I am looking forward to maybe going there in the Championship next season.
I have always thought that Newcastle's football stadium doesnt fit it into the city, it just seems out of place, and the design of it is just plain werid. Yes, it does have one of the largest capicities on the country, but these seats are set out in four stands that dont match up with each other. You have two of them which look like they belong to a high class premier league club, yet the othe two, which are much smaller, look like there are not that high class. It isnt an enclosed stadium, with gaps in the corners, so sometimes, there can be a lot of shade on the pitch, which is a bit off putting, but thats just me.
This team has one of the loudest groups of fans, and being so close to the city centre, you can really hear they roar. It is up lifting to hear the fans, and just shows the support for the team, even though they are going through a little bit of a bad patch these days, and thats not just becuase I am from Sunderland, believe me, I could be a lot harsher if I wanted. I also go to the derby games, which to me, arent the same as the other matchs played at this stadium. Insteas of being about the football, it seems to be about what happens afterwards, and there are always tons of police around. It is only a couple of minutes walk away from the main city train station, so you can get there from anywhere in the region. In all a good stadium but strange looking.
St James Park is the home of Newcastle United. It holds a capacity crowd of just over 52,000 people and is the third largest football ground in the country behind Old Trafford and the Emirates.
The stadium itself is located right in the centre of Newcastle and is clearly visible from most areas of the city. Because of its location, it is very easy to get to via public transport. Newcastle mainline station is only about 15 minutes walk away.
The majority of the Newcastle supporters are housed in the Milburn stand which is also where the directors box's and the television crew's are located. Leazes corner is where the most vocal of the supporters tend to sit and so this area tends to have the better atmosphere in the stadium. The away fans are seated in the Sir John Hall Stand (which is behind one of the goals) and are right up at the top of the stadium which is not the best view to have and is certainly not the place to be if you are scared of heights. There are around 3,000 seats for the away fans. The other parts of the stadium also house the Newcastle fans.
The seats were also very comfortable with there being plenty of room to sit down and not being cramped in like in other stadiums I have been to. I don't think there would be any problems with views either as each set of seats seems to be high enough so that you don't have the person in fronts head in your way.
On matchday, the atmosphere in the stadium is amazing to say the least. They say that Newcastle fans are the most passionate in the country and when you sit in the stadium you can see why. The roar when Newcastle score is phenomenal and the buzz around the stadium is brilliant to behold.
This is certainly a ground worth visiting. It has a certain feeling about it that makes the whole experience of being there quite amazing. I would definitely recommend visiting a game there if possible.
Ticket prices can vary greatly. I believe the cheaper tickets can cost around £30 with the price rising significantly depending on where you want to sit.
What a stadium, having visited the majority of stadiums that house premier league teams this has to be my favourite even better than Old Trafford in my opinion.
The area in which it is located is easily accessible by public transport and the pubs around are not intimidating as some can be.
On approaching the ground the sheer height is immense, a lot bigger than I exected it to be.
To get to your seats though, as an away fan, involves a painful hike up an incredible amount of steps as you are situated right in the top tier of the stadium but it is worth it, on entering the stadium itself the view is amazing, I was struck by how high I was but the stadium looked magnificent and at the right angle you get a view across the city as well.
The bars inside are a good size, serve a decent selection of drink and snacks and have numerous tv's to watch showing all the team news and reports about other current matches.
While watching the game you are a long way from the action, the players look more subuteo than real life but you get a good view of the whole game and the movement of the players.
The atmosphere in the ground when the game is underway is immense, The geordie fans have a reputation for being some of the best in the world and you can feel that when you are in the stadium.
On leaving, it is back down ALL those stairs again!!!! but fans are kept seperated for a distance from the home fans and I wasn't aware of any trouble when we all filtered in together.
St. James' Park is the home ground of Newcastle United Football Club who currently play their football in the English Premier League. The stadium actually opened for the first time in 1892, but it looks a lot different today compared to what it would have done back then. The capacity of the stadium has recently been increased to 52,387 with the addition of an extra tier to the Milburn and Leazes Stands, making it one of the largest football stadiums in Britain. I have been to the ground only once, but was massively impressed by it. We got the train up from London and you can see the stadium as soon as you enter the city, the two new stands towering above the cities skyline. Apparently, the regeneration of the two stands mentioned above has produced the largest cantilever structure in Europe!
It really is a special ground, approaching it is quite breathtaking as it looks as good from outside as it does inside. Once inside, I found it had a feel of the San Siro about it, especially the two new stands as they have been built to a similar design. There is plenty of room between the seats so you have loads of leg room and the tilt of the stands is great enough to mean your view isn't obstructed by the person sitting in front of you.
Are there any further plans to increase the capacity?
You may not believe this given the current state of the football club, but apparently there are plans to redevelop the ground again. The Gallowgate End is to be overhauled and will include apartments, a hotel and conference centre, as well as increasing the capacity to approximately 60,000. However, the plans are subject to local authority approval and as of yet the club have no timescale in place for the venture.
Where are away fans housed?
Controversially, away fans have this season been relocated to the far right corner of the Leazes Stand (behind the goal). This is not a great place to watch the game from because you are extremely high up and can only just make out the players, it also can't be much fun for the players who will hardly here their travelling fans. Saying this though, the sheer size and atmosphere at St. James' Park make it an away fixture many people will like to go too, ok this season maybe a bit different given the current plight of the football club.
Definitely a ground worth visiting.
Thanks for reading.
newcastle united my beloved football club but also know as the magpies. They are an english football club based in newcastle upon tyne who are currently in the barclays premier league. Newcastle united was first founded in 1892 after two local football clubs both emerged they were the newcastle east end and the newcastle west end.Since their founding year they have played at their home football ground which is called St James Park.
During their time as a football club they have won the first division championship four times and the fa cup an outstanding 6 times even tho their last league success was along time ago back in 1927. In the European side of things the only hounor the geordies have won is the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup which was way back in 1969
The geordies local rivalry are Sunderland FC but are also know as the Mackems.
The best times for newcastle were back when kevin keegan was handed the managers job back in 1992 as kevin keegan said himself newcastle was the only job that could tempt him back into football.
In the season 1992-93 saw an amazing turn of fortunes for newcastle united football club as that had managed to win their first eleven games only to be cut short of the record back then of 13 consecutive wins by losing to grimsby 1-0 at their home ground.
Newcastle back then played an exciting style of attacking football which saw them win the division one title at grimsby who they coincidentally beat 2-0 they then gained promotion to the premier league.
As newcastle started the premier league season they got off to an impressive start under manager keegan seing them finish thrid in their first season back in 1993-1994.
The following season newcastle sold one of their top players andy cole to Manchester United and finished 6th that season also.
But with the transfer money that was available in 1995-1996 Keegan started to rebuild the squad by bringing in the likes of David Ginola and Les Ferdinand and amongst others. And everyone thought this was the season that Newcastle united would be crowned champions of england as at one point during the premier league season Newcastle United were an astonishing 12 points ahead of second place but the eventually lost out to Manchester United.
On 30 July 1996, the disappointment of missing out on the title was lessened to an extent, as the club signed Alan Shearer for a world record fee of 15million pounds.
The club then went on to have the likes of kenny dalglish and Ruud Gullit have unsuccessfull spells as newcastle manager untill that was newcastle appointed former England manager Bobby Robson was appointed manager of the Toon Army.
Robsons first game in charge was an impressive 8-0 win against sheff wed preformances like these ensured Newcastles survival in the top flight.
In 2001-2002 Newcaslte achieved a top four finished and achieved qualification for the champions league however Bobby Robson was later fired in 2004 as he had failed to qualify for the champions league but even still Bobby Robson is still classes as a great man and one of the best managers Newcastle United has ever had today.
After a disappointing trip to Old Trafford where the silence was deafening, well the only way was up. The fixture list hadnt been kind to the Canaries and our next trip a few days later would be the northeast and the home of Newcastle United. This was one of the grounds I was looking forward to. The journey itself was long and arduous. We set off from Carrow Road at 11am and would arrive in Newcastle around 6pm. If you live in the south and can get a cheap return flight then I recommend you do it as the journey by road is ok but long, when you roll back into Norwich at 5am the next morning it soon takes its toll.
St James Park is clearly visible once you get into Newcastle as its towering stands are clearly visible on the skyline. Whats more surprising is the fact that the ground is located quite close to the centre of the city. The journey towards it throws up some good sights such as the angel of the north, the bridge and generally nice architecture. The ground itself is very impressive and holds over 50,000. What makes it even better is that fact that the Newcastle supporters are incredibly passionate about their football and are well up for making the ground a hotbed of noise. I have to say I was a tad disappointed with the atmosphere when I went, they was probably down to the fact that the team werent playing that well and there was general unrest. The game proved to be the last home game under Bobby Robsons leadership. Having said that it was still a memorable night. Newcastle showed their class by going 2-0 up, however the travelling Canaries werent dispirited and eventually we came back to level the game and were unlucky not to win. The guts and determination shown by the team meant that the Canary faithful made the long journey home with smiles on their faces.
For fans travelling away it can be daunting as sometimes you expect that you may have to watch your back. However I would say that this doesnt apply in Newcastle as the supporters there are excellent and well prepared to talk football with the opposing support in the local bars and pubs that surround the ground. I would definitely go again and would recommend to anyone to get there a good few hours before kick off just to sample the atmosphere that seems to swell around the game on matchday.
A word of advice however if youre a bit phobic of heights. Away supporters are placed high in the upper tiers of the ground. You get an amazing view of the game from there but Im sure some people will not like the large amount of steps that have to be climbed to get up there.
Tickets to the game were £30, which is the norm for Premier League and to be honest it was worth it for a great game and a great night.
If youre a Norwich fan reading this then shell out the £15 for the league cup game up there in a few weeks, its worth it. Sadly I wont be going as midweek is a pain for travelling and getting back.
St James Park is a credit to Newcastle, the Premier League and its supporters deserve some sort of silverware in the near future.