NEWCASTLE UNITED v STOKE CITY
Sunday March 10th 2013
Barclays Premier League
St James’ Park
Kick Off 3pm
Newcastle United Football Club
St. James' Park
ST. JAMES' PARK stands on an area of the city formerly known as the Town Moor.
The club previously called East End adopted the name of Newcastle United in 1892, having taken over use of the ground from rivals West End who ceased to exist earlier that year. The newly titled club joined the Football League the following year.
Bordering the ground stood an elegant row of Georgian houses known as Leazes Terrace and the original pitch sloped down towards the Gallowgate end.
The early 20th Century witnessed much development of the ground as the club grew in stature with crowds already exceeding 25,000.
Years of planning issues and financial problems to increase the stadium capacity followed until Sir John Hall joined the board in 1990.
The man who developed the Metro Centre in Gateshead brought in to the club Freddie Fletcher and Kevin Keegan and re-development began in earnest and has produced a superb stadium with an all-seated
capacity of 52,387.
The huge expanse of the Milburn and Sir John Hall Stands is the largest cantilever structure in Europe and somewhat dwarfs the East and Gallowgate Stands.
Those of you who followed the Potters to Newcastle earlier in the year will be aware of the fourteen flights of stairs to reach the upper tier.
Away supporters are seated this season in the Upper Tier of the Sir John Hall Stand with 3,000 seats available for Premier League fixtures.
From the Britannia Stadium, take the M6 Northbound.
Join the M62 at Junction 21A - Croft Interchange - to follow the M62 Eastbound (signposted Leeds).
Continue East via M62/M60 /M62 beyond Leeds to exit at Junction 29 to join M1 (signposted M1, The North, M1, London, Wakefield).
At Junction 43 take left-hand lanes continue on M1 (signposted The North).
At Junction 45 continue forward onto A1 (M) (signposted The North, Wetherby).
Continue Northbound onto a further Motorway stretch of the A1(M) to Junction 49.
Continue on A1, A1 (M) past Scotch Corner to Junction 57 and continue on A1 (M) (signposted Newcastle).
After Washington Services and Junction 65, the Motorway divides - keep left following signs for A1.
Take the centre or right hand lane and continue following signs for Newcastle and Airport - pass the Angel of the North on your right and continue for further three miles before turning left on A184 (signposted
Continue for 1.5 miles then take right hand lane A189 to Newcastle. Over the Redheugh Bridge into St. James Boulevard.
After 0.5 miles left at Gallowgate roundabout - stadium on the right.
There is no parking at the stadium but many pay car parks are available only a short walk away in the city centre.
196 Miles. Journey time - 3 hours 30 mins.
Newcastle Central Station is on the East Coast Main Line served by G.N.R. and Virgin Rail.
Only half-mile walk to St. James Park - turn left on exiting station onto Neville Street and go towards Centre for Life building.
Across one set of lights, at the next set turn rt. into St. James Boulevard - stadium is ahead of you.
Check with National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 for train information.
BBC Radio Newcastle broadcast on 104.4FM while Metro Radio are on 97.1FM.