Newcastle United are one of my favorite Premier League clubs to visit, and the city that loves them one of my favorites in England.
I am always trying to convince people to head up there, three hours from London by train, and recently the Ryans from the US took the trip. It happens they were headed for nearby Durham around the first weekend of the Premier League season, and it also happens the Magpies were hosting Tottenham that weekend. So they went for it, buying the hospitality package I offer for all Newcastle games: seats outside a suite in the Gallowgate End, a pregame meal, and a match program.
I asked them how it went, and the first summary was, “Front row seats. Private access to food, beverage, toilets. Very nice, accommodating people. Family had a blast.” Pretty much defines the hospitality package!
Where are the seats? Here is the seating chart for St. James Park showing where they are:
I asked for some more details, and Mike said, “Food at the lounge was surprisingly good for a free buffet. Ham sandwich or fish cakes. Cash bar had good selection and excellent service. Lounge attendants were very pleasant and helpful with things like seating and programs. I used to work in sports and I’m a bit of a snob about those things. The Gallowgate Club at Newcastle gets a thumbs up.”
Here are photos from the Ryans. I really appreciate their sharing these and letting me be a part of their English soccer adventure.