First is always better but second isn’t bad, as St James Park has been awarded the title of football fans’ second favourite stadium.

A survey of thousands of football fans saw them place Newcastle’s home ground as second only to Arsenal’s.

The poll was carried out by the Football Ground Guide website and produced the top 10 listed below.

For once Newcastle finished above Manchester United who were one place below but the list also included the quirky old fashioned charms of the likes of Fulham’s Craven Cottage in fourth.

Whilst away fans often complain about the number of steps up to the away end, comments left on the poll included ‘Traditional ground but sensibly modernised with great views from the top of the stands.’

Another wrote ‘Passionate fans generating a fantastic atmosphere in a great looking stadium.’

The Top 10:

1 Emirates Stadium

2 St James Park

3 Old Trafford

4 Craven Cottage

5 Villa Park

6 Anfield

7 Goodison Park

8 Amex Stadium

9 Etihad Stadium

10 Hillsborough

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    The Emirates is soulless place with up to ten thousand empty seats most games a stadium with little atmosphere and represents what is wrong with football.
    Highbury was a proper football ground one of the best going. The new stadiums are killing football and I am sure our visit to West Ham later this month will not be a patch on Upton Park which holds great memories. Not be long before the new stadiums start selling popcorn. There is only one decent stadium left Newcastle a couple of hundred bars round the ground and places to eat with the station only ten minutes away.

    • Peter Stabler

      The Amex is champion in my experience, regular trains, good beer, decent view.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Nothing round the ground for away fans and can be a two hour wait
        for trains after the match not fun at all. When you mention good beer take it you mean in the stadium that’s not for me like bars near the ground.

  • Whitehurst

    Seriously? Arsenal fans suck!!

    • Peaky Magpie

      Constantly moaning manager with even more constantly moaning fans.

      • Rich Lawson

        And a stadium that was taken over by Koln (Cologne) fans recently,nonsense !

        • Peaky Magpie

          Wenger been around far too long,he’s one ex wife back in my lifetime !!!

          • Rich Lawson

            Just divorcing now,but think Graham may have been there for the 1st one,wish I had his brown paper bag money to pay for it !!

          • Peaky Magpie


      • Joseph Burton

        your one to talk like constantly moaning at your chairman

  • Coble’s Return

    I prefer a good old English football ground – four stands, square and tight to the pitch. I guess that this is why the likes of Elland Road, Hillsborough, Craven Cottage and even Goodison (with its timber furniture) make the list. New grounds can be superb – The Millennium Stadium has a great atmosphere – the trick is to try and replicate the characteristics of the old with the benefits of the new. Contributors on this site often talk about the redevelopment of the Gallowgate, but I just think that taking the bowl round a third side would detract from the intimacy at that end. Far better to take a good long look at safe standing to increase capacity. Even better, shunt the whole stadium up into Leazes Park, level out the heights of the Milburn and East stands and put decent sized safe standing areas behind both goals. Before you say, I get the fact that this would take a few hundred million – I don’t care, I am just musing on a fans’ site.

    • Leazes Ender

      United’s SJP ground was built on the ‘Continental’ style, the corners swept around which made it rather unique in Britain…. I can’t think of many others. Celtic?

      It was largely open to the elements of course with a North Atlantic Westerly completely sweeping the ball away from the goalposts and leaving fans who had hair looking like Billy Wizz.

      ‘Good Old English’ stands were a dreadful hotch-potch and piffle, anti-egalitarian and looking like the pavilions of a windswept tumble-weed strewn cricket ground…. Far better the Stadium…. far far better!

      SJP has to be brought up to date, and despite coming second is showing its age underneath the new-build…. poor facilities in the Leazes except for the Sports bar, Not enough space for human facilities, not enough lighting since the adjoining car park blocked the windows over the park, poor, inadequate food outlets, toilets, media screens, no lifts, except for service or disabled. No travelators, or escalators, in fact primitive for the 21st century.

      I suggest it isn’t the Stadium which got the mark… it was….
      1. The location, city centre not an Industrial estate or Housing estate.
      2. The view from the shelf. not obstructed by support structures.
      3. Close to transport, pubs and shops.

      We have to be brought into the 21st Century… if Rugby folk can have such as the Millennium Stadium (Principality Stadium) in Cardiff then football daft Tyneside deserves the same!

      Four daft odd pavilions characterful.. don’t be silly!

      • Davey drape

        after a visit to the san siro i canted my mind and would love to move a few hundred yards (as previously planned) to Leazes park for a 60k plus new updated stadium to try and keep up with the big boys

  • Rich Lawson

    It’s a brilliant ground and putting more than 52’000 in is just greed.Surely some of you have also been in the top tier at Old Trafford where you need binoculars to make out the players ? Another 8-10 thousand in the ground,So what,that money is still small beer ? Are those people going to sing or just resent why they have spent their money to be so far from the pitch ?

    • Leazes Ender

      Its a bodge job and it looks it.

      • Mrkgw

        Its decent but in these days of ultra modern wrap-around stadiums, it could do with a re-build. That said, its still a collosal way better than the pink monstrosity of our neighbours.

        • Leazes Ender

          aye its… ehm…. characterful.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Best thing about The Emirates is passing it on the train out of Kings Cross and you know you are on you’re way back home.

  • Moxytoon

    When will people realise that safe standing is basically your seat folded up in a upright position & stand in the same place. It does not increase the capacity. The days of crush barriers are long gone.