There is one thing often taken for granted by fans who don’t sample the delights of away matches, sticking only to those at St.James’ Park.

That one thing is of course the fact our stadium is slap bang in the middle of the city centre with all facilities/amenities close to hand.

Of course when I say facilities/amenities, I do of course mean pubs!

Each year as part of our Readers Polll in the magazine, we ask fans to nominate their favourite pre-match pub.

As always, there is fierce competition  because Newcastle might have a lot of fans but the city centre also has a lot of pubs, hurrah!

Anyway, here are the top twenty the fans voted for this past season;

Layout 11  Strawberry
2  Shark Bar
3  Hotspur
4  Newcastle Arms
5  Five Swans
6  Rosie’s Bar
7  City Vaults
8  Yates
9  Three Bulls
10 Crow’s Nest
11 Shearer’s Bar
12 Bodega
13 Bacchus
14 Fluid
15 Union Rooms
16 Sam Jack’s
17 Tilleys Bar
18 Rose and Crown
19 The Goose
20 Trent House

So congratulations to The Strawberry for lifting the crown and also to every other one who made the top twenty.

Writing this with the sun shining through the window has suddenly made me feel very thirsty…

All the results from our Readers Poll can be found in The Summer Special issue of our magazine is on sale now in all Tyneside newsagents from, or order now online for only £3 (plus postage) for Worldwide delivery straight to your door, or why not start a subscription – prices from only £23.