>Well it’s a positive article about NUFC so I feel I have to include it. Gabby Yorath, the BBC presenter and talking doll raves about St James’ Park and it’s relationship with the great City of Newcastle. Good girl.
“Now that’s a coliseum,” Shearer pined. He didn’t need to tell me — St James’ Park is up there with the Bernabéu and the Nou Camp for atmosphere and grandeur.
There was a survey of Premiership fans a few years ago and, when asked which was their favourite away ground, 18 out of 19 said Newcastle’s. Sunderland were in the Premiership at the time so I’ll let you guess which set of supporters dissented.
St James’ Park also has the enviable characteristic of being truly a city stadium. You can walk to the train station and the bars, restaurants and hotels in five minutes. The whole town knows that there is a game of football on, and as you come out of the shops on Northumberland Street you can hear the roar when a goal is scored.