Newcastle United have released details of family friendly activities that will be part of the day when NUFC take on Augsburg.

Strawberry Place will be closed to allow pre-match entertainment to be hosted there.

The game has also been integrated into the schedule of events that make up the three month long Great Exhibition of the North.

As for the actual match, this joke of a transfer window has meant that there is very little excitement in the lead up to this sole home pre-season friendly.

Looking on the club’s official ticketing site, the advance sale of tickets so far looks minimal.

When today announcing this pre-match schedule of events, the club are advising fans to buy tickets in advance ‘to avoid large queues on the day’, which is questionable.

Tickets at the minute are £10 and £5 (concessions) but with the club raising the prices to £20 and £10 on the day of the game, I think queues to buy tickets will be the least of anybody’s concerns on the day.

Newcastle still haven’t put tickets up for sale for the first two matches of the season, against Spurs and Cardiff (away), even though both those clubs put tickets up for sale to their fans two weeks ago.

Newcastle United official announcement:

A fantastic range of free activities for families will get kicked off at St. James’ Park this weekend ahead of Newcastle United’s pre-season friendly with FC Augsburg.

From Saturday 4th August to Thursday 9th August, the stadium will play host to the Get North! Family Expo – an itinerary of activity and invention designed especially for families by the Great Exhibition of the North team.

The Expo kicks off with a two-day extravaganza of entirely free activities hosted in the Bamburgh Suite on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August.

There’s no need to book. – just head down to the stadium to enjoy a fun-packed programme of art, science, sport and innovation.

To make the opening day of the Expo extra-special, and to coincide with our friendly match against FC Augsburg, we have arranged for Strawberry Place to be closed to traffic to make way for our Family Fun Zone.

The fun will include all of the attractions you’d normally expect to see on our annual open day, including inflatable football hosted by the fantastic Newcastle United Foundation.


There is absolutely no expectation for families to buy match tickets in order to enjoy the weekend’s events.

However those who do want to see the friendly match taking place against FC Augsburg are advised to buy early to avoid large queues on the day.

Advanced-purchase tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for under-18s.


Saturday 4th August

10am – 3pm – Get North! Family Expo in the Bamburgh Suite

10am – 3pm – Family Fun Zone on Strawberry Place

3pm – Kick-off – Newcastle United v FC Augsburg

Sunday 5th August

10am – 4pm – Get North! Family Expo in the Bamburgh Suite


For more information on the Get North! Family Expo, please visit

More information on the Great Exhibition of the North, please visit

  • John D Williams

    If ever a game was to be boycotted this is it. Not a league match, basically a training session to get fit for Spurs game. It would still get massive media coverage if the ground was empty. This MIGHT send a message to fat boy. Don’t forget next Thursday transfer window shuts. He might actually panic and give Rafa some funds.

    • Kneebotherm8

      Next Thursday?……….D-Day………Departure day for Lascelles…….

      • steve

        Based on what? The players we’ve sold are the ones Rafa doesn’t want .

        • Kneebotherm8

          Based on the FACT that Ashley sold Andy Carroll at the last minute on deadline day in January 2011 to Liverpool for a transfer fee of £35 million……could history repeat itself?………..yes if a big enough offer comes in…………Pardew had to get in out of contract Shefki Kuqi after transfer deadline day in 2011 to replace Carroll…….Money talks with Ashley………the footballing side is secondary….

          • steve

            So 7 and a half years ago he sold an injured player for an absolutely ridiculous fee, that’s what you’re basing it upon?

          • Kneebotherm8

            I’m basing it on another ridiculous fee coming in and he’s gone………I’ve got no faith in the fat twt…….obviously you have….By the way,Carroll wasn’t injured at the time…’s only in subsequent years he’s proved to be an absolute fckn crock….

          • steve

            I’ve got no faith in Ashley at all but Carroll was one of the top ten transfer fees of all time so a comparable fee now would be £80/90 million and, while I don’t see any chance of that happening, no chairman in the league would turn that down. And yes he was injured, Liverpool were quite vocal in their criticism of our medical team.

          • Superdooperhooper

            More fool them then and don’t believe everything you see on Wikipedia

          • Kneebotherm8

            Bottom line is Ashley sold him at the very last minute and he’ll do it again if the right offer comes in……we were being told by Pardew at the time that there was no way Carroll was going to be sold,I seem to remember……..

          • steve

            “Due to an injury that was sustained while with Newcastle, however, it was announced that Carroll would have to wait some time before his Liverpool debut.” from Wikipedia

          • Kneebotherm8

            Couldn’t have been that serious or they wouldn’t have signed him for £35 million…….if they’d known what his subsequent injury record was going to be like then we’d have been lucky to get £35 quid for him…..

    • Ram Kishore

      John you maybe right by not going club may spend some money, but isn’t this article very negative and the quoting of the words seems stupid..
      If people who may wanna go will go, the tweet is just giving a advisory..
      People who may not go to St James’s park for the PL season because of the cost will go, best time and cheap costs will be great opportunity for the families and young kids to get a chance, overseas fans, newcomers don’t get the Season tickets, nor away tickets etc

    • Wezza

      “He might actually panic and give Rafa some funds”

      He won’t. End of lol.

  • Mrkgw

    The club seldom engage with the community and maybe, it”s time that supporters sent a clear message to the regime by staying away. Those pulling the strings are a disgrace to our city. ASHLEY OUT!

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      I thought you live in Kent?

      • Mrkgw

        I do, but the NE is still my home. As Newcastle is still my club. Two things that simply can’t be switched off.

  • Paul Patterson

    Can’t see many people turning up for this one . .

    • Mrkgw

      Problem is that they are using the activity aspect as a means of enticing family groups. Few parents these days will disappoint their kids. A very cunning marketing plan by the club. Lets hope that people just stay away. ASHLEY OUT!

      • Ben Jones

        ^speaks volumes, you hate NUFC .

        • Mrkgw

          Quite the contrary you idiot.

          • Jimblag23

            Block the troll, it’s clarko.

          • Ben Jones

            I don’t think clarko would appreciate you saying that

          • Mrkgw

            All done Jim. Thanks.

    • Squintytoonarmy

      be interesting to see how many they bring. Union Berlin had the whole top tier at QPR the other night

  • GlasgowMag

    Fat boy on the custard pie throwing stand count me in!!🤔🤔 mabye bad idea the product could disappear quickly and the stand would close early due to someone consuming the ammunition!!😂😂

  • TheNutJob

    if the trolls come up from Manchester the queue will consist of 2

    • Kneebotherm8

      Only cos there’s one telephone operator………………..and that’s Penfold……..well he’s gotta dee summit to earn his wages……🤓🤓📞📞

      • Squintytoonarmy

        It’s Lejeune – multi tasking when injured

        • Kneebotherm8

          Can’t be Lejeune….the lines wouldn’t be jammed….gotta be some one who takes ineptitude to a new level……yup that’s Penfold..

          • Kev Newcastle England

            Na Lejuenes in the Beehive,he loves it there

  • SuperDesHamilton

    I remember when we use to play Juventus etc..pre season even Sporting club, the Zombies etc..cant imagine any bairn would know who Augsburg are. Fatty even cost cuts in pre season

    • Ram Kishore

      We have even played against smaller teams when Sir Bobby Robson we as in charge in 2002 and 2003.
      We did play Porto didn’t we?
      We are playing Braga, finished 4 th last season and gonna play europa..
      Augsburg is a decent team in bundeliga..We are still a lot more away from being very enticing for Juventus

      • SuperDesHamilton

        We played Dutch amateurs that’s what you’re on about, that was away though. I’m talking about the home games we use to play, I went as a bairn

        • Squintytoonarmy

          You defo not in the plastic brigade then lol

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Hahaha no I’m not, one of those amateur matches was Viana’s first game as well

          • Colin Marr

            any body remember playing Linfield and Wille McFaul was in goal for the Irish part timers?

          • SuperDesHamilton

            A don’t even think me fatha was born then 😂😂

    • Kev Newcastle England

      I can remember when we played SMBs pre season and Brazil

  • Toontaff

    Well, they’re possibly using this as a replacement for the open day? Take the kids and enjoy the free festivities, but stay outside! All free! Surely, anyone going would know by now and would have bought the tickets half-price?

  • Toontaff

    They have not sent out season tickets, either!
    There may not need to be any boycotts, because no one will be able to get in!

  • Toontaff

    The plan of SJP on their ticketing site is showing plenty of availability for Augsberg game. Other than the posh seats and the middle of the East Stand, the rest of the ground may resemble the SoS, at this rate!

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Time to vote with our feet

  • Jimblag23

    Although 99.9% of what the regime of hate do is ar$eholey, this is pretty standard advice from almost all clubs for friendly match.

  • Oval85

    Nothing would be more satisfying than seeing 50 000 empty seats the first game at St. James’ Park, NOTHING! I would laugh and cheer the coming week, maybe even take a small holiday…