Newcastle United vs Stoke City
Sunday 8th February | Kick Off 2.05pm
Newcastle United FC
St. James' Park
Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 4ST
ST. JAMES' PARK stands on an area of Newcastle-upon-Tyne formerly known as the Town Moor.
The club previously known as 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 re-development began in earnest to produce a superb stadium with an all-seated capacity of 52,387.
The huge expansion of the Jackie Milburn (main) Stand and Sir John Hall (Leazes End) Stand is the largest cantilever structure in Europe and dwarfs the East and Gallowgate Stands.
Away supporters are seated in the Upper Tier of the Sir John Hall Stand with a maximum of 3,000 seats available for Premier League fixtures - be aware of the fourteen flights of stairs to reach the upper tier!
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 and exit at Junction 29 to join the M1 (signposted M1, The North, M1, London, Wakefield).
At Junction 47 of the M1, continue northbound onto the A1 (M) (signposted The North, Wetherby).
Shortly after Junction 64 and Washington Services, the Motorway divides - keep left and follow signs to join the A1, following signs for Newcastle and the Airport.
Pass the Angel of the North on your right and continue for further three miles before exiting for the A184 (signposted Gateshead/Newcastle City Centre).
Head over the River Tyne on the Redheugh Bridge and onto St. James' Boulevard (A189) through town.
Continue on until the T-junction at the end of the road and turn left at the traffic lights. The stadium is on the right.
There is no street parking at St. James' Park but there are city centre car parks, as well as the 'Soccerbus' park and ride scheme, which operates from the intu Metrocentre shopping centre.
This runs from around three hours prior to kick off and is available for just £2 for a return ticket. There is no charge for parking your car.
The intu Metrocentre can be accessed by continuing north on the A1 beyond the exit for the A184, to the next exit for Dunston Road.
Turn right when exiting the slip road onto Dunston Road and follow the road as it bends left into Wellington Road and then right onto Cross Lane.
Take a left at the roundabout and arrive at the Metrocentre - board the bus at the Coach Park at the north east of the site.
196 miles from the Britannia Stadium - 3 hours 9 minutes
Newcastle Station is on the East Coast Main Line and is around a 15-minute walk from St. James' Park.
Head north from Stoke-on-Trent Station, changing at Manchester Piccadilly (and sometimes York) to reach Newcastle Station.
St. James' Park is well signposted and to reach it on foot, exit the station and cross Bewick Street. Turn right at the end onto Clayton Street West and left at the crossroads onto Westgate Street.
Head right onto Bath Lane, between Tilleys Bar and the blue Premier Apartments on your right.
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.