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The History of St. James’ Park

St James’ Park may have the most loyal and vocal fans of any fanbase in the whole of England.

Geordies are renown for their passion when it comes to football, so much so that current boss Rafa Benitez was persuaded to stay on as manager when the team were relegated in 2016 because of the reception the fans gave him and his team.

The history of St James’ Park is underlined by this very passion and has seen Newcastle rise, fall and rise again in the process.

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St. James’ Park

The park is located in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England and has been home to Newcastle FC since 1892.

St. James’ regularly attracts capacity crowds, especially when facing fierce local rivals Sunderland for the Tyne-Wear derby.

It has been the scene of success and deep disappointment on the pitch, but ‘The Toon Army’ remain as passionate as ever regardless of the situation.

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St. James Park Capacity

St. James’ Park capacity has fluctuated significantly since it first opened its gates in 1880, and is still a huge bone of contention today. In 1899 its official capacity was 30,000 all standing.

By 1905, this had doubled to 60,000, two major stands and a swimming pool.

A small roof was added to one stand in the 1920’s and there was no more construction work carried out at the grounds for another fifty years.

In 1972 the Leazes End was demolished with a new stand due to take its place but lack of money due to the club being relegated meant this did not happen.

The capacity isn’t quite as big as The Wembley Stadium, however it is still huge.

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The West Stand was replaced in 1986, but again a lack of money let to further development not taking place.

It was only in 1992 when Sir John Hall took over that the club showed signs of revitalisation. The team progressed on the pitch under Kevin Keegan and by 1995 all four sides of the stadium had been built to Taylor Report standards.

This left the park with a capacity of 36,610. The stadium was then developed again in 1998 to increase the overall capacity to 52,143, but only after talks of a building a brand new stadium next to the grounds was rejected.

Today, the park has an official capacity of 52,354 making it the seventh largest football stadium in England.

Plans have been on the table since 2007 to increase capacity further, but all attempts to put them into action have been fruitless.

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St. James’ Park Newcastle

St. James’ Park and Newcastle United go hand-in-hand. The NUFC supporters are fiercely loyal and protective of their club, to the point of objecting when the current owner, Mike Ashley, wanted the stadium name to be available for sponsorship.

When he suggested that it be renamed the Sports Direct Arena, fans were furious. They protested to the point that a petition against the renaming gathered so many signatures that it had to be debated in Parliament.

Despite the fans love for their stadium, it has not had such an easy ride with the local residents and the council.

Newcastle have continually butted heads with these groups when it comes to the topic or expanding the ground, and they are as passionate about not letting the club expand as the fans are about the club.

Newcastle United

Newcastle United FC were formed when Newcastle East End and West End merged in 1892, and they have played at the grounds since day one.

They are known for their distinct kit of a shirt with black and white vertical stripes, black shorts and black socks with white trim.

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This colour combination gives the team their unofficial nickname of ‘The Magpies’.

The club celebrated the history of St. James’ Park and their 125th anniversary in 2017 by introducing a new kit with a commemorative crest with gold highlights.

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Newcastle United are sometimes referred to just by their initials of NUFC. From 1983 until 1988, the club crest was the initials NUFC with a magpie underneath.

Toon Army

The Toon Army are Newcastle United’s faithful supporters.

They follow their team through the harshest of weather, through relegation, through financial difficulties and problems with their owners.

The nickname comes from the local pronunciation of ‘The Town’.

How Many times have Newcastle Won the League?

Newcastle have never won the Premier League although they did finish a close second in consecutive seasons (1995-96 and 1996-97).

They won the Football League First Division four times between 1905 and 1927, and also the Football League Championship four times.

These were Newcastle’s most recent successes, as they won promotion back to the Premier League in 2009-10 and again in 2016-17.

Newcastle United News

NUFC know how eager the fans are for news about their team, which is why their official website, provides an up to the minute news section detailing transfer details, injuries, sponsorship deals, the reserve team results, the latest on the ownership situation and more.

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Newcastle United Tickets

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