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ST JAMES PARK
 
St James Park has been a League ground for 127 seasons;
from July 1st, 1893 to the current day .

St James Park was the 40th
ground to be used for a League game.

Current Capacity 52,387

Year opened 1892

 
GROUND HISTORY adapted from "The Ultimate Directory of English & Scottish Football League Grounds"
 
Located at the south end of Town Moor, the field was first used by Newcastle Rangers FC in 1880 and subsequently by West End FC and East End FC who changed their name to Newcastle United in 1892. The club tried to remove a stand from their old ground at Chillingham Road and re-erect it at St James’ Park but this was vetoed by the landlords (the Corporation and the Freemen) so the original facilities remained very basic with some shallow banking at each end and duckboards for standing spectators. The home team changed at the adjacent Lord Hill Inn but visiting teams (no doubt after having made a long and tiring journey) were obliged to find their own changing accommodation and transport to the ground!

Following election to the Football League in 1893 and promotion in 1898, additional land on the west side was leased enabling the pitch to be moved and additional terracing installed on the north and east sides and a main stand on the west side giving a nominal capacity of 30,000. The final alteration prior to WWI was carried out in 1905 when a new 4,680 seat stand and paddock opened on the west side and the only inter-war improvement was the installation of a cover at the north end in 1930.
This lack of change over a long period was not due to shortage of ambition by the club but to the refusal of the landlords to countenance any alterations and it was not until 1972 that a 3,400 seat stand was finally constructed on the east side followed by the removal of the roof over the north end in 1978 and construction of a new 6,607 seat stand on the west side in 1987. From 1993 St James’ Park was substantially rebuilt with the construction of new all-seat stands at each end and in each corner and, in 1999/2000, the installation of additional tiers on the west and north sides and in the north west corner giving the ground a distinctive lop-sided look. The all-seat capacity at the start of the 2007/8 season was 52,316 and the pitch size 110 x 73 yards.
 

GROUND DETAILS adapted from "The Extreme Groundhoppers Guide"
 
Ground address: St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 4ST
Main phone number: 0191 201 8400
Ticket office: 0844 372 1892
Ticket prices: Adults: Ł25, Senior Citizens & Students Ł20, juniors Ł13.
 
If driving to ground: North From the A1 until take the Junction (Signposted Jedburgh/ City Centre/ A167) and keep on the left hand lane and take the first exit on the roundabout onto the A167 go straight over four roundabouts and take the second exit of the A167 and at the t Junction take a right after this at the roundabout take the second exit into Claremount Road then at the next roundabout take the third exit into Queen Victoria Road the parking here is in a multi storey and allows a reasonably quick getaway after the game and its only 800 feet from the stadium. South Take the A1 (M) continue on the A1 and then at the junction (Signposted Gateshead/ Newcastle (Centre)/ A184) and at the roundabout take the third exit towards Gateshead. Continue along this road. Continue to the next roundabout and take the second exit then at the lights turn left onto High Street and continue over the River Tyne on the Tyne Bridge, from which the ground can be clearly seen. Carry on straight up the dual carriageway (St James Boulevard/M167) and come off at the junction for City Centre (North) and come on to the Great North Road at the lights take a left into Claremount Street then continue up the hill to the roundabout then take a left and park at the Hospital and allows a reasonably quick getaway after the game and its only 800 feet from the stadium.
 
If using Public Transport: Train to Newcastle Central Railway Station is half a mile from the ground and takes 10-15 minutes to walk. Come out of the station, and then head up the Pink Lane, cross Clayton Street West left then after 100 yards into left into Westgate Road at the top, up Bath Lane with the old city walls on your right. Turn right on to Stowell Street. At the end of Stowell Street bear left up St Andrews Street by Rosie’s Bar, St James is on your right passing after passing St James Metro link'. You can get buses 36, 36B, 71, 87 or 88 from Berwick Street (across the road from station), up to the ground. But you will miss quite a few good pubs on the way to ground.
 
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