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Must Read: Brighton fans talk about visiting Newcastle

4 weeks ago
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Brighton fans have been handed a 5.30pm kick-off on Saturday.

Their longest trip of the season moved by Sky Sports, proving it is not just Newcastle supporters who get dumped on so badly from on high, by the broadcasters.

It has been all change on the south coast with Graham Potter replacing Chris Hughton and sizeable action in the transfer market in and out.

Brighton are currently in 16th place on five points, two places and one point ahead of Newcastle, such a key game possibly even at this stage of the season.

Off the pitch, there were around 1,600 Brighton fans who made the trip for the 1-0 win last season with a 3pm kick-off.

With the game moved by Sky Sports, maybe not quite so many will make the trip but great to hear the comments from those that are.

Not surprisingly a high proportion of those that have got tickets are electing to stay overnight, or in some cases, overnights!

Life under Mike Ashley is a disaster as a football fan but one thing that he can’t take away if the pride in the city and the people.

I always think that when you hear fans of other clubs taking cheap shots at Newcastle United fans, the local population in general and our city, it is very different to the overwhelming reaction you get from away supporters who actually have been to Tyneside.

As these Brighton fans below will testify to…

Brighton fans comment on their North Stand Chat message board:

‘Best away game weekend of the season.

Flights and Digs were booked as soon as they confirmed date and KO time.’

‘It was a brilliant trip last season including a Saturday night stopover, so a bunch of us will be doing that again this time as well.

Must just try not to get absolutely TW.TTED during the day though.

Leicester v Spurs is the 12.30, then there’ll be the 3pm accas, before the main event starts at 5.30, then no doubt something involving more beer and curry in the toon afterwards.

It could (and will) get messy.’

‘Got my seven tickets yesterday. Up in the gods, just how I like it.’

‘This is one place if you’re going to make the effort to go to, to definitely have a night up there (if budget allows).

Fantastic time on the last 2 or 3 occasions I’ve been. Really worth a bit extra to make a weekend of it, especially due to the distance. A real slog if just going purely for the game. Hope you are able to make it.

Will be in The Three Bulls Heads pub on Percy Street from Midday. Cheap beer, lovely jubbly.’

‘Agree with this. If you can afford the time and money, a night on the toon is highly recommended. Lovely people up there too.’

‘Would love to go and stay over, have done in the past, don’t think I’d still be married if I did it this time.’

‘Going on Friday afternoon this time and back Sunday pm

£50.00 return flying as I booked it as soon as TV times were announced.’

‘That is the flight I’m catching this season as well. Returning late Sunday evening, about £60 all in. Staying with a friend so that saves on accommodation costs…although the drinking will set me back just a little bit.’

‘Will be my first time at Newcastle, any decent pub recommendations pre match?’

‘The Centurion, Revolution, Town Wall, The Bridge, The Bodega all near the Station.

Rosie’s Bar, The Trent and The Strawberry are iconic Toon army pubs near the ground but probably best avoided close to kick off.

Loads of good drinking options on Percy Street and Grey Street in the City Centre.

The Quayside on the river has some great bars but further from the ground. A good place to head if you are staying over.

The great thing about Newcastle is that the ground is central and the city is full of pubs. Fill your boots.’

‘I watched the play-off semi against Boro at the Pacific House with a few other Albion fans. Cheap drink, good value food, and mere moments from Haymarket metro station. The Bridge Inn is also a little further from the centre – near the castle – but it’s cosy and drinks are good.’

‘Most friendly pubs at any away game I’ve ever been to, so just take your pick even try the nine bar at the ground itself as loads of kids in there for the last two visits.’

‘Think you’ll struggle to find a pub that isn’t standing room only in Newcastle at 2:30 on a Saturday afternoon even if Newcastle weren’t playing.’

‘0-3 to the Albion, another great away win.’

‘2-1 to Brighton.’

‘0-0. Difficult one to call. Could easily be a narrow home win though with our leaky defence.

Big game this for Potter. Lose this and i think a lot of people will start to to turn on him.’

‘Magpies 0-2 Seagulls.’

‘1-3 I think away day wins will be our way currently.’

‘3-0 to the good guys. Steve Bruce’s honeymoon period at the Toon well and truly over.’

‘Got a bad feeling about this one. Newcastle have settled it seems and should have great support. 2-1 defeat.’

‘Given previous weeks results, and the opposition, it really could be anything . . . . My brain hurts thinking about it.’

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