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Going to Swansea ?

By Car      SA1 2FA

 Leave the M4 at Junction 45 and take the A4067 towards the City Centre (sign posted A4067 South). Stay on the A4067 for around two and half miles and you will reach the stadium on your left. Car parking at the stadium is for permit holders only and most of the immediate residential areas around the stadium now have 'residents only' parking schemes in place. Approx 185 miles, 3 hours 30 mins

Parking:
There is no matchday car parking available at the stadium or surrounding area for visiting supporters in cars. Visiting supporters in cars are advised to park in the signposted Park and Ride car park off Junction 45 of the M4 at a cost of £5 per vehicle.

Shuttle coaches will take you to and from the stadium. Visiting supporters in coaches and mini buses are able to park at the stadium (under police instructions) at a cost of £10 per vehicle.
Don't be tempted to park on the nearby Retail Park as you may well end up with a ticket for your trouble!

By Train

Swansea High Street Station is on the main line route from London Paddington. It is about two miles from the stadium. Regular local bus services (routes 4, 4a,  and others) and taxis  are available from the train station to the stadium. Otherwise if you have time on your hands and wish to embark on the 25-30 minute walk, then as you come out of the station turn right and go up the High Street. At the traffic lights turn right into Neath Road. Proceed straight along Neath Road and you will eventually reach the stadium on your right.

Train takes 4 hours 30mins cost £74-90 for off peak return but you will not get back until Sunday.

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Foxes fail to end curse of St James’

Newcastle 1 Leicester 0

Match report by Colin Hall

Gabriel Obertan's first goal in three seasons proved enough to condemn Leicester City to defeat against relegation-threatened Newcastle at St James' Park.

The Foxes have now lost in 14 of their last 16 visits to this venue – an abysmal record which Nigel Pearson's side rarely threatened to improve upon during a display which left the 3000+ travelling supporters frustrated and perturbed in equal measure.

A safety issue involving a big screen at the stadium forced the kick-off to be delayed by an hour, giving fans more time to digest Pearson's team selection and formation.

Curiously, Riyad Mahrez was deemed unfit to make the squad following a midweek appearance in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, yet Jeff Schlupp – who had endured a far longer flight, following duty in the same tournament – was retained in the starting line-up.

Marc Albrighton took Mahrez's place, while Matty James and Esteban Cambiasso replaced Dean Hammond and Jamie Vardy as Pearson opted to deploy a 4-5-1 system. However, despite the defensive flaws that had plagued the side in recent games, the manager decided against making changes to the back four.

Both sides made a tentative start in front of a near-capacity crowd. The most significant early chance fell to home skipper Fabricio Coloccini, who steered a shot wide of the far post when he should really have found the target.

However, as the visitors started to put some moves together, Matty James should have put City ahead when sent clear by Leonardo Ulloa. But the midfielder, making his first start of the season, sent a weak effort straight at home keeper Tim Krul.

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Supporters Direct welcomes Labour proposals for ‘Radical shake-up of football’

Press Release: Supporters Direct welcomes Labour proposals for ‘Radical shake-up of football’

Supporters Direct welcomes the announcement of the Labour Party’s plans for a shake-up of football governance, centred on Supporters Direct’s objective of ensuring fans have a real role in the ownership and running of their clubs.

The most important element of this proposal is the right for Fit and Proper supporters’ trusts to appoint and remove up to a quarter of a football club’s board of directors; this signals the establishment of the formal relationship between supporters’ trusts and their clubs, which we have sought for many years.

No-one in football denies the special social and community nature of football clubs, yet there has always been a resistance to measures across the board that would actually increase the role of those fans in their clubs.

The importance of having a seat at the table where decisions are made has been the central plank of our movement and this organisation since the seeds were sown by our founder, Brian Lomax, at his own Northampton Town in 1992.

We have seen the success of clubs where ownership has been shared willingly and openly with supporters’ trusts. Indeed even the most sceptical of those in football have expressed admiration for this model, not least at Premier League Swansea City.

We also welcome an introduction of a ‘Right to Buy’ of 10% of shares on offer during a change of ownership.

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Up Next – Newcastle United

Next Up – Newcastle United 18 October 2014

Manager     Alan Pardew

 

Founded     1892             Ground         St James' Park

 

Address       St James' Park Strawberry Place Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4ST

 

Capacity             52,405   

   

Squad:

1          GK            Tim Krul

2          DF            Fabricio Coloccini (captain)

3          DF            Davide Santon

4          DF            Ryan Taylor

6          DF            Mike Williamson

7          MF            Moussa Sissoko

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Oppo Views – Newcastle United

A bit about you:

 

Name: Colin Whittle

 

Current home town:  Newcastle

 

Birthplace: Hebburn….of the BBC 2 television series fame!!

 

How long have you supported your team? I followed the family tradition by supporting Newcastle United and I’ve been going since I was a young lad in the 70’s.Apart from the Kevin Keegan years (playing and managing) and the brief Bobby Robson era there’s not been much to shout home about. My motto is ‘there’s always next season’. Sadly I’m usually saying it by September. I’d love to win a cup but accept I’ll never see Newcastle United win anything during my lifetime.

 

Overview of your club:

 

Favourite thing about your home ground: It’s City centre location is the envy of many supporters. You can literally roll out of any number of pubs in the bustling city centre and be at the match within 5 minutes. 

 

Favourite match played by your team & why: As a young lad the game that will always stick in my mind is when my dad took me to Wembley to witness our 2-1 League Cup final defeat against Man City in 1976.Unbelievable occasion to witness as a youngster.

 

In more ‘recent’ years beating Barcelona 3-2 in the Champions League….seems strange even typing that…was ‘emotional’ as was a 3-1 victory away at Arsenal under Sir Bobby when we broke our ‘London hoodoo’ of never having won in the capital for 20 plus games and as it was a midweek game only 3 of my usual 20 away travelling companions were there to witness it..ha! ha!

 

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: Malcolm ‘Supermac’ Macdonald-a proper 1970’s centre forward…followed by our modern day hero Alan Shearer a Geordie sticking the ball in the back of the opposition net…something we all dream of as youngsters!

 

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