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Old June 22nd, 2017, 12:42 AM   #2061
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Newcastle United chief scout Graham Carr leaves by 'mutual consent'

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Newcastle United chief scout Graham Carr leaves by 'mutual consent'
Lee Ryder 21 June 2017


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Newcastle United have parted company with chief scout Graham Carr.

His exit is further evidence of Rafa Benitez’s control of transfers at United and was met with mixed responses by United fans. The Geordie talent spotter has been on board at St James’ Park since the 2009/10 season after originally joining the club during the Chris Hughton era. But as Benitez tries to rebuild the club the former Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City scout has left Newcastle by “mutual consent”.

Carr was five years into a huge eight-year deal and managing director Lee Charnley said: “It has been my pleasure to work with Graham over the last seven years as both a colleague and a friend. He can count some of Newcastle’s most successful players in recent years as his ‘finds’. Everyone connected with Newcastle United wishes Graham the very best for the future.”

A Newcastle statement read: “Graham was instrumental in identifying players from across the UK and Europe, including signings Yohan Cabaye, Matthieu Debuchy, Vurnon Anita, Moussa Sissoko, Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote.” Carr’s replacement is yet to be revealed but United statement said: “The club is now reviewing its scouting operation and will make an announcement on any further changes in due course.”

There can now be no doubt that Benitez has the final say on transfers at Newcastle.

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Old June 25th, 2017, 01:43 PM   #2062
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Newcastle United fans call for action over St James' terror-threat safety

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Newcastle United fans call for action over St James' terror-threat safety
By Simon Meechan 25 June 2017


St James' Park, Newcastle (Photo: PA)

Fans have raised serious safety fears ahead of Newcastle’s return to the Premier League in the wake of terror attacks in Manchester and London.

Newcastle United Fans Forum said they have been contacted by a ‘large number’ of supporters highlighting safety and security concerns. One suggestion has been to close off Strawberry Place, which to traffic before and after matches following the lead of events including the Olympic Games and the Magic Weekend – which have been hosted at the ground.

The street fills with thousands of fans before and after the game – which has left fans fearful with many citing attacks in London on June 3 and June 19 where terrorists use vehicles to crash into pedestrians.

A spokesman for the forum, which represents the club’s fans, says it has requested a meeting with Newcastle United, Newcastle City Council and Northumbria Police to discuss security. Stephen Hastie, fans forum representative, said: “We have been contacted by a large number of supporters highlighting their concerns around safety and security in and around St James’ Park on match days and with this in mind we have contacted the club to establish how we can reassure those fans that the club is mindful of the need to review its safety procedures for next season. We know that the club takes their responsibilities in this area very seriously and indeed, they have informed us that all necessary measures will be taken to make the matchday experience within and around St James’ Park as safe and secure as possible.”

Newcastle City Council has pledged to work with fans and the club to improve security and insisted measures are constantly under scrutiny in light of terror threat levels. A spokesman said: “In preparation for the forthcoming football season, we are working closely with the police and the football club to review safety and security arrangements on match days and in the area around the football stadium. We would like to reassure fans that their safety and security is of paramount importance to us and we will be meeting with NUFC Fans Forum ahead of the new season, once we have completed this review.”

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Old June 25th, 2017, 05:38 PM   #2063
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After the match traffic meeting up with fans on Strawberry Place & more, Newcastle

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Newcastle United Fans Forum said they have been contacted by a ‘large number’ of supporters highlighting safety and security concerns. One suggestion has been to close off Strawberry Place, which to traffic before and after matches following the lead of events including the Olympic Games and the Magic Weekend – which have been hosted at the ground.

The street fills with thousands of fans before and after the game – which has left fans fearful with many citing attacks in London on June 3 and June 19 where terrorists use vehicles to crash into pedestrians.

A spokesman for the forum, which represents the club’s fans, says it has requested a meeting with Newcastle United, Newcastle City Council and Northumbria Police to discuss security. Stephen Hastie, fans forum representative, said: “We have been contacted by a large number of supporters highlighting their concerns around safety and security in and around St James’ Park on match days and with this in mind we have contacted the club to establish how we can reassure those fans that the club is mindful of the need to review its safety procedures for next season. We know that the club takes their responsibilities in this area very seriously and indeed, they have informed us that all necessary measures will be taken to make the matchday experience within and around St James’ Park as safe and secure as possible.”

Newcastle City Council has pledged to work with fans and the club to improve security and insisted measures are constantly under scrutiny in light of terror threat levels. A spokesman said: “In preparation for the forthcoming football season, we are working closely with the police and the football club to review safety and security arrangements on match days and in the area around the football stadium. We would like to reassure fans that their safety and security is of paramount importance to us and we will be meeting with NUFC Fans Forum ahead of the new season, once we have completed this review.”

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Too true - a great idea

Also it will prevent "idiot drivers" who try to drive through the crowd heading towards the city centre - also risking getting their car panels kicked by fans, disgruntled at their stupid action

The gates installed for the Olympic football games remain on Strawberry Place

Also make use of gates etc on Barrack Rd and near the East Stand the use of rising bollards could be made - preventing traffic movements before and after the game

See these posts from 2012:-

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Old June 28th, 2017, 10:55 AM   #2064
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Ed Sheeran in Newcastle: Live updates as superstar announces St James' Park concert

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Ed Sheeran in Newcastle: Live updates as superstar announces St James' Park concert
Gordon Barr 28 June 2017



Superstar singer Ed Sheeran has revealed that he will be coming to Newcastle for a stadium concert tour date at St James' Park.

The singer, who closed Glastonbury 2017 just three nights ago, took to Twitter and Instagram on Tuesday to say he was announcing a tour of UK and European stadia.

Sheeran posted: "Announcing UK and Europe stadium tour tomorrow."

He is due to make the official announcement at 10am this morning, but a national newspaper is already carrying an ad for the concert. St James' Park will be the destination for Ed Sheeran on Friday, June 8, 2018.

Sheeran last played Newcastle in April, for two sold-out shows at the Metro Radio Arena, where he performed despite battling man flu . It’s clear Ed Sheeran is a huge fan himself of playing in the North East. Our review of the first of his April concerts read: “Sheeran spoke about his love for the north and described his shows up here as ‘more nuts every time he comes’.

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Old July 1st, 2017, 06:43 PM   #2065
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Newcastle United name Steve Nickson as Graham Carr's replacement

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Newcastle United name Steve Nickson as Graham Carr's replacement
By Lee Ryder 1 July 2017

Newcastle United have replaced chief scout Graham Carr with the club’s Under-21 scout Steve Nickson.

Nickson will now take the title of head of recruitment and starts work with immediate effect. The talent spotter has just returned from Poland after a scouting mission during the Under-21 European Championships.

The move has been endorsed by Rafa Benitez who said today: “I’d like to congratulate Steve and welcome him to his new role with the club. Steve has done an excellent job in the scouting department at Under-21s level and I am very confident that he will bring his many strengths to this new role, improving and building on our First Team recruitment strategy, as well as that at all levels throughout the club.”

A United statement on Nickson read: “Steve will work closely with manager Rafa Benitez and assumes responsibility for the organisation and management of player recruitment at all levels across the club. Steve, along with Rafa and managing director Lee Charnley, will evaluate all aspects of United’s player recruitment function, including the processes and systems used for scouting players at all levels throughout the club to ensure Newcastle United is best positioned to achieve its targets in this and future seasons.”

Nickson is responsible for discovering youngsters such as Ayoze Perez , Rolando Aarons and Kevin Mbabu, who was recently sold to BSC Young Boys.

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Old July 3rd, 2017, 07:41 PM   #2066
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Newcastle United confirm St James' Park free from dangerous cladding

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Newcastle United confirm St James' Park free from dangerous cladding
Sonia Sharma 3 July 2017


A general view of St James' Park prior to kickoff (Photo: Getty Images Europe)

Newcastle United has confirmed cladding on St James’ Park is not the same as Grenfell Tower.

Buildings across the region are being tested in the wake of the fire at the Kensington tower block, which claimed the lives of at least 80 people. And football clubs across the country are also being asked to check any cladding they have in their stadiums for fire risk.

A spokesman for NUFC has said the stadium has passed all safety tests. He added: “Our team has checked all cladding in and around the stadium and can confirm that it is not the same type of cladding that was used as part of the infrastructure of Grenfell Tower. They have also carried out additional tests on the cladding around St James’ Park and can confirm it has non-combustible insulation and has passed all the necessary safety tests. We have been in contact with the local authority who have confirmed that they are satisfied with the type of cladding we have on the stadium and the tests we carried out on the structure. We take this matter extremely seriously, hence the vigorous safety checks we have put in place.”

Last week, the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) said it would be writing letters to all 92 clubs in the Premier League and Football League advising them to check if their buildings are safe. Ken Scott, chief inspector of the SGSA, added: “As a precaution we are writing to sports grounds to advise them to check any cladding and review their fire risk assessments if necessary. We don’t want to cause alarm or add additional burden to sports grounds, but it is important that sports ground management are being proactive and are never complacent about people’s safety.

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Old July 4th, 2017, 10:49 AM   #2067
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Newcastle United sign Florian Lejeune on a five-year deal - here's all the details

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Newcastle United sign Florian Lejeune on a five-year deal - here's all the details
Lee Ryder 4 July 2017


Florian Lejeune poses for photographs at St James' Park (Photo: Newcastle United)

Newcastle United have completed the signing of Florian Lejeune from La Liga side Eibar.

The 26-year-old Paris-born centre-back has signed a five-year deal with the Magpies and will work with Rafa Benitez for the first time in pre-season training this week.

After joining the club Lejeune said: “I’m very happy to have signed. Newcastle United is a big club, and I’m very happy to be here. When you have a manager like Rafa Benitez who wants you, you are very happy to come. Since I’ve been in touch with the manager, it was an easy decision for me to come here.”

Manager Rafa Benitez added: “I would like to welcome Florian to Newcastle United. He is a player that has done very well this year in Spain. I have known about him for a while, since he began playing for Villarreal. He has progressed a lot as a player in the last few years and I know he will give us something different at the back - he is good with both feet, he’s big and he’s good in the air also. If he settles well into English football then I am sure he will be a success and will give us a lot of competition in this area.”

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Old July 4th, 2017, 01:54 PM   #2068
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'An away-day atmosphere at St James' Park' - Why Newcastle have created a new singing section

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'An away-day atmosphere at St James' Park' - Why Newcastle have created a new singing section
By Chris Waugh 5 July 2017


Newcastle United fans at St James' Park against Barnsley (Photo: The Chronicle)

When Newcastle United kick-off the 2017/18 season at home against Tottenham Hotspur on August 12, it will not just be the return to Premier League football which will be a refreshing sight at St James’ Park.

From a small section towards the back of the Gallowgate Stand , a large noise is set to emanate. For the first time since 2011, an official singing section of around 350 passionate supporters will aim to generate “an unbelievable matchday atmosphere”. Last season there were roughly 75 fans in Strawberry Corner singing constantly; now it is hoped that five times that number can ratchet the noise up a few levels further from the new singing section in Gallowgate Block V.

“What we’re really doing is pulling all these like-minded people who want to sing into one area to help really generate an atmosphere,” Matt McEvoy - a co-founder of Wor Hyem 1892, the fans’ group who along with help from Gallowgate Flags lobbied the club for the reintroduction of a singing section - explains. If you want to sing, if you want to improve the atmosphere, get yourself over to the Gallowgate - but even if you can’t move across, sing around the stadium and support the team. The club themselves have been great. We said: ‘We want a singing section.’ They replied straightaway: ‘Well, we want you to have a singing section, too.’ We were singing off the same hymnsheet - we all wanted it and it’s happening.”

Wor Hyem 1892 was established last November by a group of supporters who wanted to replicate an ‘away-day atmosphere’ at St James’ Park. The club then engaged in conversation with Wor Hyem from February onwards about a potential singing section and, after Gallowgate Flags also joined the clarion call, Newcastle’s hierarchy confirmed it would establish one in May. Finalising the minutiae of how it will work in practice has proven a laborious task, but one the club committed itself to. Now it is confirmed that Gallowgate Block V will house the official signing section - and the 350 seats are expected to sell out almost immediately.

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Newcastle United new boy Josef Yarney has point to prove after leaving Everton

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Newcastle United new boy Josef Yarney has point to prove after leaving Everton
Lee Ryder 7 July 2017



Newcastle United new boy Josef Yarney is hoping he can make his first team debut within six months. The former Everton youngster joined United this week after a successful trial with the Magpies at the end of last season.

Newcastle signed a clutch of Under-23 players last season including Stuart Findlay from Celtic with the youngster going on to make his debut in the FA Cup.

Now Yarney has a similar target, he said: “It’s a great incentive.To make your debut within six months – it’s something to look towards. We’ll see what happens – I’m going to work hard, and we’ll see where that takes me.I came up in mid-April and had a look at the club. I did a bit of training, played in the Boro game, and it felt good. Two months down the line, I’ve signed, and I’m looking forward to getting going.I had a couple of other offers, but nothing compared to this one – it’s the club, really, that made me come here.It’s a great club – a massive club – and they’re back in the Premier League, which was a brilliant thing to achieve.”

Yarney also spoke of his move away from Everton. He told the club’s website: “I’d been at Everton for 12 years – since I was eight. All of my family are in Liverpool, but there comes a time when, if you’re not getting anywhere, it’s time to move on. A great club like Newcastle were willing to see me, and here we are now. I feel ready for it. I’m at an age now where you have to grow, where you have to move on. Moving to Newcastle, it’s similar, and the people are similar – they are friendly, genuine people.

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'I'm buzzing' - Isaac Hayden helps launch Newcastle United's all-black third kit

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'I'm buzzing' - Isaac Hayden helps launch Newcastle United's all-black third kit
By Craig Johns 12 July 2017


Newcastle United's new third kit, modelled by (LtoR) Ciaran Clark, Isaac Hayden, Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie and Paul Dummett (Image: Puma)

Newcastle United have officially unveiled their new all-black third kit, with a quirky Facebook Live which included the help of players Dwight Gayle, Matt Richie and Isaac Hayden.

With kit manufacturers Puma, the Magpies unveiled the new smart kit by going live on the social media platform, with Heart FM DJ, Justin Lockwood provided fans with an exclusive access all area tour of St James’ Park inviting fans to guess the exact time of sunset to be entered into a free prize draw to win a signed shirt.

Toon midfielder Isaac Hayden, who is also a Puma athlete, said of the new kit: “I’m buzzing with the new kit designed by Puma, the all black look is class! It’s gone down well with the lads in the dressing room. It’s great to be back in the Premier League, this is where this club belongs, I can’t wait to get started!”

The last time Newcastle United had an all-black kit was in the 2011-12 campaign when their third kit then was also black. There were two versions of that one due to the club changing its sponsorship from Northern Rock to Virgin Money in the middle of the season.

The new kit will be available to be from July 18.



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Newcastle United launch their new 'Cambridge blue' away kit - under-23s to wear it tonight

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Newcastle United launch their new 'Cambridge blue' away kit - under-23s to wear it tonight
By Craig Johns 17 July 2017


Newcastle United's new 2017-18 away kit (Image: Newcastle United FC)

Newcastle United have released their new light blue away kit for the 2017-18 campaign.

The Magpies’ second kit will be light blue shirt and socks with navy shorts for their return to the Premier League. It is the club’s 125th anniversary and the ‘Cambridge blue’ is homage to Newcastle East End FC - half of the club’s founding fathers - who wore that colour for one season.

The club released the kit on Monday while the players are in Ireland on a pre-season training camp. They tweeted a picture from their official account with new signing Florian Lejeune modelling the new kit along with Christian Atsu and Jonjo Shelvey.

The strip will get its first run out on Monday evening, with Peter Beardsley’s side wearing it in their pre-season friendly at Darlington.

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Winger flies in: Jacob Murphy deal agreed

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Winger flies in: Jacob Murphy deal agreed
17 July 2017

Update: Jacob Murphy is reported to have left Norwich City's German training camp to fly to Dublin and link up with Newcastle after a fee of around £10m + £2m add-ons was agreed.

Norwich had faced Cambridge United in a friendly match on Saturday and while his twin brother Josh Murphy started and scored, there was no place for Jacob in the 18 man squad. However, he was included in the party that flew to Germany on Sunday ahead of kickabouts against Bundesliga opposition on Wednesday and Sunday.

Various national and local sources claimed on Thursday that Newcastle were attempting to secure the signing of winger Murphy from Norwich City.

The 22 year-old Londoner netted against United at both Gallowgate and Carrow Road last season and is a self-confessed boyhood black and whiter (his mother was reportedly born on Tyneside). Murphy made four appearances for England U21s at the European Championships in Poland last month, netting once as United were represented at the tournament by chief scout, Steve Nickson. Making his senior debut for Norwich in January 2014, Jacob spent time on loan at both Swindon Town and Southend United later that season. After temporary moves to Blackpool, Scunthorpe United and Colchester United in 2014/15, a loan deal took him to Coventry City for the 2015/16 season - netting ten times for the Sky Blues and regularly playing alongside Magpie loanee Adam Armstrong.

Murphy managed double figures again last season as he made 40 senior appearances for Norwich, signing a contract extension running to 2021 late last year.

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Strawberry Place (at junctions with Leazes Park Rd, Barrack Rd and St James St) and Strawberry Lane.
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In the weeks running up to the Fans Forum, forum members
had collectively raised concerns about supporter safety on Strawberry Place immediately after matches. Members had contacted Newcastle City Council (NCC) and Northumbria Police (NP) for a meeting regarding a proposed closure of the road but a meeting
with supporters had not yet taken place.
Steve Hastie (SH) outlined that he and Kris Woods (KW) had coordinated correspondence on behalf of Fans Forum members.
Steve Storey (SS) acknowledged members’ concerns and referenced recent global terror attacks involving vehicles, which had understandably exacerbated those concerns.
SS reassured members that a productive meeting had since taken place between the club, NCC and NP and that supporter and
public safety was of paramount importance to all parties. Accordingly, counter-terrorism experts were already carrying out analysis and will be submitting recommendations at a further meeting imminently.
SS assured members that the council is committed to putting temporary measures in place ahead of the 2017/18 season, with
a view to permanent measures to follow.
The club would also be looking at experts’ recommendations inside the stadium.
SS thanked members for their collective efforts in raising awareness of supporters’ concerns.
Phil Lee (PL) asked if other areas around the stadium, including Leazes Lane, would be covered by the recommendations.
SS confirmed that the wider area around the stadium would be under consideration.
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Newcastle United confirm signing of Javier Manquillo with cheeky Twitter message

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Newcastle United confirm signing of Javier Manquillo with cheeky Twitter message
Lee Ryder 21 July 2017


Newcastle United's Javier Manquillo (Image: Newcastle United FC)

Newcastle United have confirmed the arrival of Spanish full-back Javier Manquillo.

The defender, who spent last season on loan at Sunderland, was unveiled on the club’s Twitter site with a slogan that read: “Some things are just better in black and white”.

And after completing his move from Atletico Madrid, Manquillo said: “I’m very happy to be here. From the first moment that Rafa Benitez called me, I just knew that I had to come here, to such a big club. I’m very happy with the challenge ahead. I’ve come here to work hard and give everything on and off the pitch. Hopefully then everything will go in the right direction.”

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez was also delighted to welcome the defender and added: “Like Jacob Murphy, Manquillo is another young player. He can play both sides of the defence and he has a lot of motivation because he knows he has a point to prove.

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Crowd mitigation measures outside St James’ Park

From the Newcastle City Council web site @ https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/news/cr...-st-james-park
Crowd mitigation measures outside St James’ Park
21 July 2017


A map showing proposed road closures for NUFC home games

Crowd mitigation measures that could stop vehicles entering the area outside of St James’ Park are to be implemented in time for the first home game of the season.

The combination of vehicles and barriers erected at several key points on match-days are designed to mitigate the threat of a vehicle entering an area which is crowded with supporters. Although the terror threat nationally is currently severe meaning an attack is highly likely, police stress they have no intelligence to suggest that St James’ Park is being targeted for an attack. But with vehicles used as weapons to drive into crowds in Nice, Berlin, Stockholm and more recently in London, the police and Newcastle City Council in partnership with the Fans Forum and the club have decided to protect the 52,000 supporters who regularly flock to St James’ Park.

Cllr Nick Kemp, Chair of the community safety partnership, Safe Newcastle, said: “This is not a decision we have taken lightly but with the support of the Fan’s Forum and the club we feel this is the right thing to do. We have seen the death and destruction caused by terrorists who use vehicles as weapons by driving them into crowded places. While there is no intelligence to suggest an attack is being planned in Newcastle, we have a duty and responsibility to do all that we can to protect the public, and this is what we will do.”

Road closures will be kept to a minimum and will not hinder those travelling to the match on foot. The barriers will be at several locations and only closed approximately 20 mins before and after final whistle reflecting the area of greatest concern: In addition Leazes Terrace, behind the East Stand where long queues form, will also be closed one hour before kick-off and until 20 minutes after the final whistle to allow crowds to disperse. Closures will be flexible to allow blue light vehicles access in an emergency.

Match-day commander, Det Chief Insp Jamie Pitt, said: “This is a sensible, practically focused and proportionate partnership plan with public safety at its core. We are constantly reviewing our approach to crowded places and sporting events generally. Whilst there is no current intelligence to indicate St James Park or its wider environs will be targeted we continue to robustly scrutinise and be vigilant around events generally.”

Newcastle United Football Club are supportive of the measures which will be tested for the first time on Sunday, August 6, when Newcastle entertain Verona in a friendly. All being well, they will be put in place for all 19 home games, starting on Sunday, August 13, against Spurs.

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The Rafa Benitez effect continues: Newcastle announce 'nearly 40,000' season ticket sales

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The Rafa Benitez effect continues: Newcastle announce 'nearly 40,000' season ticket sales
By Mark Douglas 4 August 2017


Rafa Benitez manager of Newcastle United gives a thumbs up (Image: Getty Images Europe)

Newcastle United have boosted season ticket sales for the second successive year as the club announce they have sold “nearly 40,000” for their Premier League return .

Regular sell-outs are expected at St James’ Park next season and the Spurs opener has been sold out “for several weeks”, the club announced today. It’s another example of the Rafa Benitez effect that a summer of recruitment that has been modest by comparison to some of their Premier League rivals has not dimmed enthusiasm to watch the Spaniard’s team back in the big time.

The club they have sold “well in excess” of last year’s figures of around 37,000 – which was an EFL record and the first time for several years that the club had actually recorded an upturn in sales. Before Benitez, the club had seen sales drop by around 6 per cent in successive seasons. That culminated with season ticket deadlines being extended and letters being sent out to existing season ticket holders promising investment in the team.

It says much about trust in the Spaniard that no such tactics have been required this time, despite a transfer window that has seen United frustrated in their bids for Benitez’s “priority” targets.

This year’s sales put them among the top sellers in the top flight – despite the fact that the club’s ambitions are not as lofty as Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, West Ham and Arsenal – who have sold more. For comparison, Aston Villa have just announced a huge spike in their season tickets but only to 25,000 sales.

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Example of the anti-terrorism 'barriers' in use at St James' Park after the opening game of the Premier League season against Tottenham Hotspur (bloody Jonjo Shelvey!). These ones in place at the Barrack Road / Strawberry Place junction.



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Anti-terrorism 'barriers' in use at St James' Park, 13/08/17



Similar vehicles to be seen on Strawberry Place after the game along with the odd concrete road barrier - no pictures taken

This from Sunday 13/08/17 approx 1230, before the game, on approach to East Stand as "Road Closed" signs were being put in place



Person next to me getting into ground later than me said "car within the pre match closure was about to be towed away"

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Flag display before NUFC v Spurs 13/08/17

Pictures by myself showing the flag display in the Gallowgate End of St James' Park, Newcastle just before 1330 kick off of NUFC v Spurs on Sunday 13/08/17



















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