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NEWCASTLE - PREMIER LEAGUE

SATURDAY 29TH AUGUST 2015, KICK-OFF 12.45PM BST

ST JAMES' PARK

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ADDRESS: St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4ST

MAP: http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=NE1+4ST

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WEATHER

Check the local weather at Netweather.tv - Weather for UK Football Grounds - http://www.netweather.tv/index.cgi?action=football

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ARSENAL TRAVEL CLUB

The official Arsenal Travel Club organise travel to all competitive games for the Men's First Team. Go to www.arsenal.com/the-match/fixtures-reports, select "Match Menu" next to the game then click the Travel tab.

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PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Call 08457 484950 or click here for National Rail Enquiries - www.nationalrail.co.uk - journey planner and news of service disruptions.

Call 020 7222 1234 or click here Transport for London - www.tfl.gov.uk for London travel service updates.

Call 08717 818178 or click here for National Express Coaches - www.nationalexpress.com for coach services.

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By Train/Tube

It's an early start but trains from Kings Cross leaving at 8, 8:30 and 9 am will all get you to Newcastle in time for kick-off.

Nearest mainline railway station is Newcastle Central - a 15 minute walk from the ground. GNER train services connect Newcastle Central Station to London and Scotland, with Virgin cross country routes to Scotland, the Midlands and South West England also available. However matches starting later than 4pm finish too late for normal scheduled train services returning to London.

The nearest station on the Tyne and Wear Metro system is St. James, but if arriving from the airport, alight at Haymarket or Monument Stations and follow the crowds! It's only a five minute walk from either.

NB: Don’t be tempted to board a Metro at the Central Station showing a destination of St James - unless you have an hour to spare and want to go the scenic route via Whitley Bay and the Coast.

If you want to walk from Central Station (it isn't far) check out the Other Ways To Get There Section at the bottom of this page, full directions are there.

By Bus/Coach

Unfortunately not an option for early kick-offs unless you don't mind getting the overnight bus, arriving in Newcastle about 6am.

National Express services between London and Newcastle average about 7 hours in either direction. For evening fixtures you need to get the 9:30am service from Central London and the 11:45pm return for a roughly 21 hour round trip.

National Express services call at St.James’ Boulevard – a ten minute walk from the stadium down the A189 road that heads away to the south west.

Some local bus services pass the stadium while others depart for destinations in North Tyneside and Northumberland from the Haymarket.

By Car

At the end of the A1(M) continue on the A1 and then the A184 towards Newcastle. Continue along this road, bearing left onto the A189. Continue over the River Tyne on the Redheugh Bridge, from which the ground can be seen. Carry on along the dual carriageway (St James Boulevard), which leads directly to the Gallowgate end of the ground. As the ground is so central there are a number of pay and display car parks in the vicinity.

An alternative way into the City is to stay on the A1 until the exit for Westerhope. Leave the A1 go straight over two roundabouts and then follow the signs for the Royal Victoria Infirmary (Queen Victoria Road) - parking here is in a multi storey and allows a reasonably quick getaway after the game.

Another option is worth consideration due to heavy traffic in the city centre. Head for Heworth, which is near Gateshead adjacent to the A184, and has a metro station and a long term car park. You can then catch the metro direct to the stadium.

Other Ways To Get There

Flying in? Regular low-cost flights from the UK and Europe arrive into Newcastle International Airport, which is around seven miles to the North East of the city.

There’s a taxi rank outside the main Arrivals exit, although it’s often cheaper to ring a local service. A regular Metro service is available from around 05.40 to 22.40 daily. Buy tickets from the machine to the left of the double doors leading down to the platform – tickets aren’t sold on trains, with checks and on the spot fines in force.

Scheduled and seasonal charter services also operate, although long-haul destinations are restricted. A limited number of flights serve Durham Tees Valley Airport, from where a bus link runs to Darlington station, which is connected to Newcastle by regular train services taking 30 minutes.

Visitors from abroad also have the option of travelling by ferry. Daily services arrive from the Netherlands and Scandinavia at the Tyne Commission Quay in North Shields. Connecting bus services to the city centre run to coincide with the arrival of services.

If you're walking from Newcastle Central Station exit the main entrance and over the zebra crossing, past the subway on your left and up Forth Street. At the top of the alley cross Clayton Street and continue up the final section of the alley on to Westgate Road. Over the road and to your right a short distance further on is a paved walkway (complete with odd-shaped ornamental metal cone) which runs uphill past a section of the old City walls. The Stadium becomes visible at the top. Either continue towards the stadium or deviate right down Stowell Street - home of the local Chinese community.

Route via City Centre - Exit the station via the Zebra crossing and head right and then next left up Grainger Street. Walk towards the Nelson's Column type monument ahead of you - Grey's Monument. Then turn left up Blackett Street, through the 'tunnel' and straight across the roundabout (turning right at the roundabout up Percy Street takes you to a variety of pubs) up Gallowgate and St James' Park will be clearly visible to your right.

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Eating & Drinking advice

The ground is one of the few now remaining that is in the centre of the city. You are only a few minutes walk from the main shopping areas of Newcastle, where there are plenty of bars to chose from.

Most away fans tend to favour the pubs opposite and around Newcastle railway station. The 'A Head Of Steam', 'The Lounge' and 'O'Neills' are all recommended, but some of these bars will only admit fans if colours are covered and none of them admit children. Also nearby is a Wetherspoons outlet called the Union Rooms.

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