In a surprise move, Newcastle fans have been told that they won’t be welcome in Huddersfield after the match tonight.
The United supporters informed that they will not be allowed in any Huddersfield pubs on Saturday night.
Not sure exactly how backward a place it actually is – but it does make Huddersfield sound about as friendly as walking onto the set of Deliverance.
Northumbria Police have passed on the message, which presumably has been a decision made by West Yorkshire Police on behalf of the local community.
Northumbria Police via Twitter:
“Post match bars will be closed to away fans.
Head out of Huddersfield to watch boxing.
Hopefully NUFC provide a knockout blow in title push.”
Not sure what has prompted this bizarre decision, considering that Newcastle have travelled in massive numbers this season with little/no trouble.
Plus there were less than two thousand tickets allocated to Newcastle fans and this meant only those with a sizeable number of loyalty points could get hold of one, meaning that it will be a relatively ‘mature’ average United supporter at the John Smith’s Stadium today.
A bit of a blow really for those Newcastle supporters who had intended to make a real weekend of it, taking in top local attractions such as the Rugby League Heritage Centre and Huddersfield Art Gallery.
It sounds like the Huddersfield Tourism Office has an uphill struggle on its hands if this is the message the town is sending to us outsiders.
Would be interesting to see this implemented in Newcastle…
With seemingly the majority of Championship away supporters looking to make a weekend of it when their team is playing at St James Park, maybe we are all going down the wrong route by welcoming them to our great City and being as hospitable as possible outside of the actual 90 minutes of football.
Far better to round them all up and run them out of Toon!
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