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Don’t Let The Match Spoil Your Newcastle United Away Days

8 years ago

Another season with the Toon, well I don’t go to them all away but go to most.

Some Toon fans though have already started their travels, with visits to Scotland & Portugal, but last season we had the added excitement of Europe and the added expense and sacrifice behind the scenes at home.

Often many of us are giving something up to support our club & team on its travels, with me one of the many ploys I have is that I sometimes use my young lad as an excuse to get to games by taking him with me.

Last season was a testing time of course and often like a lot of Toon fans you question yourself on occasions as to why you do it but as we know we have a choice and we just do it for many reasons be it that’s what I have always done, the craic, the new stadiums. My main or only hobby is supporting the Toon, as well as the obvious love for our team and city.

Of course the Newcastle home experience is well documented as most away fans really enjoy the visit to SJP. However, It got me thinking about certain things about away grounds that annoy me, such as having to get a taxi to Reading’s out of town ground from Reading town centre and not being able to easily pick up a cab on the return journey. Then be ripped off for a single journey on the buses provided back into town.

Other Toon fans will be grateful for the short hop from Kings x to Arsenals new ground but if you don’t get that last minute ticket then the Holloway road is now a nightmare for an away fan to get into a pub for a drink.

Spurs is a short train journey but if you don’t know how to get there with connections, the last part of the journey up the Seven Sisters Road can end up putting a damper on your day regardless of the score. Only on my 5th visit did I find out you can change from tube to overground train to go one stop from Seven Sisters tube.

For those that drive it’s quite simple, you get quite close to the ground – but if you are doing the train you have the added inconvenience of having to get out to the suburbs like WBA or Wigan etc, this I feel is when deciding to do the coach direct comes in handy.

Mind you I do enjoy my days out to the North West by train leaving early with breakfast in Wetherspoons in York followed by a liquid lunch in Manchester, then the afternoon in places like Blackburn or Liverpool followed by a prearranged lift after the game.

Brighton last season I have to say was a great trip over 2 days, I am still amazed how friendly I found everyone, even great banter with female cops on the Friday night & the local women even chatted to us! My mate nearly bought a dog at 2am in the morning on his way back to the hotel and we even got to the south coast without one ticket check, remarkable. Brighton, yes it’s out of town but your match ticket gave you the free public transport which made up a bit for the inconvenience.

Chelsea has annoyed me at times with an overreaction of too many police, and my odd grumble about stewards, but this I am convinced is a reflection on their board and the arrogance from the top.

I found the Europa league experience quite a challenge, well we had the easily arranged trip via Euro star to Belgium but the panic of getting cheap flights to Lisbon fortunately for me proved a bit of a success, compared to many I know who had to go with a package due to airline prices & accessibility to Lisbon.  I even know some lads who missed the connection from Paris to Bordeaux because of the long queue at the Paris Metro, only getting to Bordeaux an hour before KO.

Thankfully, looking back on Europe our destinations could have been worse, so I was just grateful for the more accessible and affordable destinations, plus of course frustrating things like too many fans in one section at Bordeaux. Though that issue was sorted because had we scored no doubt we would have had injuries amongst us while celebrating (as if) but overall I did find Bordeaux & Lisbon very friendly but going to these places in the middle of winter you don’t really get to appreciate them as much as you would during the warm summer months.

Well that’s Wigan done for at least a few years I hope and I must say I have always enjoyed Wigan over the years, mostly for the Craic and not the results of course. I still hold grudges against many clubs for certain reasons like 2 years ago when Wigan wouldn’t give us more tickets or Boro cutting our allocation when they could have given us 6000 plus every season.

Same old story again this season trying to get back to Kings X so you try and avoid getting on a dry train, as well as being fleeced on any train after 1800hrs. However, one thing is for sure is those return journeys home by train are often a cracking night out, even though you are confined to a carriage, again it’s down to the people you are with and the people you meet on your journeys that help to make your day out.

This season of course we have a midweek trip to Norwich (night over for some and the night before most fans get paid at the end of January when a lot of people are skint) & 2 trips to Wales, one which is midweek.

Hull is local so at least if we lose it’s not such a journey back and it hasn’t cost you an arm and a leg in travel costs, plus we haven’t been for a few years so that’s one we will look forward to.

Many are already noticing the obvious difficulties of Spurs away on a Sunday with a noon KO but I will be paying particular interest in the train prices & expect the usual hassle getting away tickets from the club, delay in making plans due to late ticket release or live TV.

I know it’s enough to put you off but it’s certain we will do it all over again and have a great time, unfortunately it’s generally the football that spoils the day.

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