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Wolves fans comments ahead of Sunday got me a bit emotional – Reminds us how great Newcastle is

4 weeks ago
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Wolves fans have been looking ahead to Sunday.

They have an away trip in Slovakia first on Thursday but the visitors already looking beyond that.

Some great comments after one supporter asked his fellow Wolves fans for advice ahead of his first visit to Newcastle

Reading the comments got me quite emotional…

Whilst it is so depressing that we are now in the 13th year of Mike Ashley and no signs at all of him finally trying to genuinely sell the club.

You do sometimes forget just how lucky we are in other ways.

Away fans just love coming to Newcastle and to hear outsiders talk so positively about our city and the people (and the pubs!), is a big deal (Though a couple of them do seem to have a bit of an outdated idea of what The Strawberry is like!).

I think Newcastle fans who haven’t travelled around much, especially to away matches, have no idea just how great Newcastle United/Newcastle Upon Tyne is for an away trip, compared to almost every other club/city.

The location of course plays a massive part and as a recent report showed, the city centre spot means that within half a mile of St James Park you have a choice of 108 pubs (174 within a mile). Ironically, Wolves is the next highest of the 92 clubs but they only have 32 pubs within half a mile of Molineux, 76 less than at Newcastle.

It isn’t just the number of pubs, when you travel away you often find that away fans aren’t even welcome in any/many of the pubs, a truly alien concept these days in Newcastle city centre.

Wolves fans commenting via their Molineux Mix message board:

‘Just wondered if anyone who has been up to Newcastle in recent years, can recommend or advise what are the common pubs designated for away fans?

I’ve looked on some of the away fan guides, there does seem to be a few options, some say cover up colours and some do not admit children.

I’m going up with the family, my boys are 15 and 11, so looking for ones that let the kids in.

Looking forward to a weekend up at the Toon.’

‘As long as you are sensible you are spoilt for choice really, lots of them.

Can’t remember where we went last year but it was literally 4-5 minute walk to the away end.’

‘Four spoons in the town centre. Most are ok, some more colourful than others.

Bridge hotel great pub, crown posada another good pub

There’s loads, too many to list, most are busy on match day.

I can’t think of a pub to stay away from really.’

‘We got in everywhere last season no problem.

Didn’t see any home fans only signs in the numerous establishments we frequented.

Great city! Shame I’m not going this season.’

‘In colours last season and we got in everywhere. Proper friendly people.

There is a home pub next to the ground and we went in there, with colours on. Got a few dodgy looks but was having banter with the locals and no issues.

Newcastle away IMO is the best away day of the season… Can’t wait.

We are going up on Saturday so will have a few drinks Saturday night….’

‘I think generally apart from the Strawberry you can get into any pub.

There’s a few little side streets just off from the Train Station that would be best avoided just in case.’

‘The union rooms in town was decent, had staropramen on draught

Trying to be posh though cos there is a restaurant next door and they didnt like us chanting.’

‘One of my favourite away days.

Geordies are a good bunch.’

‘Looking forward to this.

Mate is driving us up.

5.30 am start should get there for 9 am. Brekkie then sesh.’

‘Shark Sports Bar which is part of the Sandman Signature Hotel.

Very close to the away end and it’s a belter, loads of tv’s, massive bar and table service by not unattractive ladies!:)

We will be in there before the game but staying over on the Saturday night – agree with previous comments that it’s a great city and my favourite away day!’

‘Right next to the ground is the Strawberry – personally I wouldn’t go in there match days unless you were wearing stripes & can speak fluent Geordie.

I remember sitting in there when it was a lot rougher with the VIZ writers looking for ideas back at the start of the ’80s.’

Just out of interest, what are your favourite away trips for the people and pubs etc?

I think Fulham is probably top of my list, or Liverpool if I’m stopping over – though not many pubs near Anfield so best to drink in city centre and  get a taxi.

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