ST. JAMES PARK - REVIEW - SEASON 2014-15 

JUN.11th.2014

The annual Ceremony took place at Hull, with Newcastle’s facilities at St. James Park doing well picking up the following awards.
Matchday Hospitality (Large Stadium) Award- Gold (Winner)
Conference & Events Sales & Marketing Award. Silver (Runner Up)
Star of the Future Award (Of Stadium Experience)- Gold (Winner) 
 
JUL.8th.2014
The club announced that summer upgrading of the flood lighting system was completed. The work includes an upgrade of the existing lighting above the East & Milburn Stands & the new installation of 302 new floodlights above the Leazes & Gallowgate ends. The improvements have increased the St. James Park’s overall lighting strength from 1350 to 2000 Lux.
 
JUL.15th.2014,
The Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) Board Meeting they made a resolution to submit an application to Newcastle UponTyne City Council; for St. James Park to be listed as an ‘Asset of Community Value’; under the ‘Localism Act (2011); to try to protect it from any future sale. They then did this on August 11th. 
 
JUL.21st.2014
Tribute messages & shirts poured into St. James Park outside the Milburn Stand; the two loyal Newcastle fans who died in the plane crash. They were en route to watch Newcastle in New Zealand & the football communities of Newcastle & Sunderland have come together in recognition of these 2 ‘super fans’  John Alder & Liam Sweeney. At lunchtime family, friends & fans gathered for a service for John & Liam; with many messages read out messages including one Sir John Hall who was present. This was followed by a minutes applause.
 
JUL.24th.2014
The Pin Point Junior League Presentation Awards took place at St. James
Park. The awards, to the various local junior clubs, were made by the Pin Point Director Steve Hall.
 
AUG.12th.2014.
There was a ‘Free Open Day’ at St. James Park. The Training Session for the fans ‘kicked off’ at 9.45 am. & ended at about 12.20pm. Fans were allowed in the East Stand, with Fan Park for kids situated behind the Leazes Stand. The session gave most fans their first glimpse of the clubs 7 new signings. A ‘chosen few’ were given the opportunity to obtain autographs, while the rest were not either before or after the session; with the players arriving & leaving in a luxury coach amid tight security. The event itself was well attended & finished with customary ‘mini match’
 
AUG.29th.2014,
In recognition of the two fans who died in the MH17 plane crash, Newcastle unveiled an ‘Alder Sweeney Memorial Garden; at St. James Park. the permanent memorial is situated in front of the Milburn Stand Reception. Their was a private ceremony for the the family by Rev. Canon Glyn Evans & it was attended by the club ambassador Bob Moncur.
 
SEP.3rd.2014
The Bamburgh Suite at St James Park, was the venue for the 13th Annual Sight NE Exhibition  
 
OCT.9th.2014,
St. James Park was the setting for an up market ‘sleepout’ to raise money for local charities, including homelessness ones. The ‘Newcastle CEO Sleepout’ involved 45 top business executives sleeping out at the side of the pitch.
 
OCT.10th.2014.
100’s of hopeful locals queued for the first of 2014’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ TV Programme auditions, which were held in St. James Park.
 
OCT.14th.2014.
The Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) Boards bid to Newcastle UponTyne City Council; for St. James Park to be listed as an ‘Asset of Community Value’; under the ‘Localism Act (2011 was successful.
 
OCT.18th.2014,
Newcastle’s Premier League home match had a delayed kick off. The unveiling of the grounds new LED Big Screen’s was found to have its dressing panels flapping loosely in the strong wind & it took urgent action from engineers to make it safe so the game could go ahead. The match kicked off at 4pm instead of the planned 3pm.  
 
OCT.20th.2014

The first Fans Forum of the season took place, having been rescheduled from September 22nd. It was held in the Sir Bobby Robson suite at SJP & a brief summary of discussion points are outlined below;
Those Present: Lee Charnley (NUFC Managing Director), Kate Bradley (Head of NUFC Foundation), Lee Marshall (Meeting Chair- Supporters Liaison Manager), Bob Moncur (Club Ambassador), Eddie Rutherford (Head of Facilities), Steve Storey (Head of Safety & Security), Wendy Taylor (Head of Media), Stephen Tickle (Box Officer Manager). Wonga Sponsors Representative: Roberto Coladangelo.
The increased Supporters Representatives in attendance were: Dave Abbott, Gareth Beard, Steve Cole, Gordon Gilchrist, Steve Hastie, Liam Hall, Paul Loughlin, Sharon Lee, David Maudlin, Brian Parkin, Phil Patterson, Taylor Payne, Vishal Vedhara. (Apologies from John Irving, Damian Peachey & Adam Smith).
At the beginning of proceedings the fans present were given a document ‘What is the Fans Forum’. Topics discussed included the proposals for the new Training Centre prior to its submission on November 12th. high up on the agenda was pre match overcrowding outside the ground caused by the delayed kick off. The club stated they updating their contingency plans. The Away Fans Fun of £200 000 per season was also on the agenda. Other issues included the £18 million the club owes to Mike Ashley since the relegation & the fact that at some point it has to b e paid back. The club reiterated Mike Ashleys commitment to NUFC when quizzed about his links with other clubs, including Rangers. The club also reaffirmed its minimum season target was a top 10 finish in the league. They would give no guarantees on an transfer business when he window opens in January. Finally, there was a proud mention from the Foundation of how successful the Toon Times exhibition had been attracting 315 000 visitors. The next meeting is to be finalised around February 2015. 
 
NOV.22nd.2014,
There was also an unveiling of a giant artwork photographic mural at St. James Park. The ‘Fan Mural’ contains a montage of over 2000 images & is fixed to the external Gallowgate wall. The artwork was unveiled by Ryan Taylor.
 
FEB.22nd.2015,
St. James Park, was the venue for the John Alder Memorabilia Auction in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. Viewing of the 224 items was prior the auction commencing at noon & during the previous day. The successful event, attended by friends, family & fellow fans/collectors raised a phenomenal total of £26 000. The event was held at the ground thanks to the kindness of the club & the Anderson & Garland Auctioneers also gave their services free of charge. The most expensive single item sold was the 1924 Cup Final which sold for £3200. John’s family themselves bid on later items like his scarf & the last programme, & were applauded for their generosity.  
 
MAR.2nd.2015
The Clubs 2nd. ‘Fans Forum’
of the season took place in the Sir Bobby Robson suite at SJP. A brief summary of the discussion points now follows;
Those Present: Lee Charnley (NUFC Managing Director), John Irving (Finance Director), Keith Nicholson (‘Acting’ Head of NUFC Foundation), Lee Marshall (PR & Supporters Liaison Manager), Bob Moncur (Club Ambassador), Eddie Rutherford (Head of Facilities), Steve Storey (Head of Safety & Security), Wendy Taylor (Head of Media), Stephen Tickle (Box Officer Manager). There were apologies from the Wonga Representatives. The Supporters Representatives in attendance were: Dave Abbott, Steve Cole, Gordon Gilchrist, Steve Hastie, Liam Hall, Paul Loughlin, Sharron Lee, David Maudlin, Brian Parkin, Phil Patterson, Lynn Parmley,
Taylor Payne, Vishal Vedhara. (Apologies from Gareth Beard, Damian Peachey & Adam Smith, who is requiring a replacement due to work commitments).
At the beginning of proceedings those present praised the club for their openness following a tour of the clubs Training & Academy Centres on November 12th ; following the previous meeting. It was felt with players present it would have been an even better experience. The 17th minute applause referenced with big screen image in memory of Liam Sweeney & John Alder was confirmed as to continue for the remainder of the season. There was also feedback from the NUDSA following their visit to Hull KC Stadium for the clubs away game in January. A summary of an informal meeting about ticketing with the fans forum was recapped upon, with recommendations to improve the online ticketing to prevent it crashing & to prevent big queues before kick off, at big games, for those paying on the day; a trial with ‘print at home’ tickets will begin. Other issues discussed were the lack of public transport on New Years Day & also the recognition that the current squad was now requiring investment in the summer of 2015. However, the clubs position seems remains unchanged in doing little transfer business in the transfer window. There were next questions & answers relating to cup matches & line ups which some fans felt could have been stronger, following their exit in particularly in the FA Cup. The board expressed they felt the line ups were generally strong. The fans expressed a feeling now of dwindling interest resulting a poor atmosphere. Suggestions pout forward were a re-creation of a singing area, a standing area or fans being allowed to once again bring banners or flags. On a more positive note, the board confirmed that the ban on NCJ Media has been lifted & relationships between the club & them are being rebuilt. There was a commitment to keep season ticket prices competitive & good value. The club was also said to be not just aiming for a 10th place & was committed to finish as high as possible. They also stated it aspires excite & be successful & not to just exist in the Premier League. The club are also to introduce a specific Women’s Representative into the forum for 2015-16. The utilisation of the actual stadium was also discussed following the recent success of the Kings of Leon concert & the 2012 Olympics. Although it was confirmed there will no concert this year; there is the Rugby League Magic Weekend & the club will continue to explore other options. Tentatively the club did stae that they are exploring possible strategic relationships between NUFC & Rangers. As for the position of Head Coach, this matter is not to be reviewed until the end of the season. It was stated that the club felt that his role in transfers had been accurately portrayed in the media & that in fact he did have a say in transfers. Bob Moncur added that he felt the Head Coach role was more modern & it was also felt there was plans to return to a director of football role.  
 
MAR.3rd.2015
St. James Park saw Newcastle & their programme designers ‘O Publishing’ for 2014-15 receive 3 awards from the Northern Programme Club presented by their representative Neil Patterson. They were the Most Improved Programme, Editor of the Year & Best Cover Design, which was presented to designer Jody Moore. NUFC Managing Director Anthony Marshall was also present to receive the award.     
 
APR.8th.2015
The Bamburgh Suite at SJP was the setting for the ‘Topps Match Attix swap day at SJP; with Paul Dummett & Sammy Ameobi in attendance.
 
APR.27th.2015, Techflow Group Northumberland FA Senior Cup Final at SJP, between favourites  Blyth Spartans vMorpeth Town. It resulted in a 2(1) : 0(0) for Blyth. Goal Scorers: Michael Richardson (2 mins), Dan Maguire (86 mins). Attendance: 1 973. Referee: ???. Alex Nicholson also played for Blyth; while  Ben Sayer was in the Morpeth side & Stephen Forster wasa late sub.. Mullen & Maguire hit the post in the first half for Blyth as did Graydon for Morpeth. Blyth jubilant after several recent years of being runners up for the trophy. Matty Grieve was an unused subs. 
BLYTH SPARTANS: NICK THOMSON, DANIEL HAWKINS, ALEX NICHOLSON, DAMEN MULLEN, DANNY PARKER, STEPHEN TURNBULL, NEAL HOOKS (SUB- 76 CRAIG LYNCH), MICHAEL RICHARDSON (SUB- 90 JARRETT RIVERS), MATTHEW WADE, ROBBIE DALE (SUB- 89 ARRAN WEARMOUTH), DAN MAGUIRE.
MORPETH: KARL DRYDEN, DAVID HIFTLE, SHAUN HENDERSON, BEN SAYER (SUB- BELL- 2nd Half), MICHAEL HALL, CHRIS JEWELS, SEAN TAYLOR, DANIEL TAGGART, KEITH GRAYDON (SUB- Late 2nd Half STEPHEN FORSTER), MICHAEL CHILTON (SUB- 73 STEVEN ANDERSON), JORDAN FRY.
 
MAY 15th.2015
Its announced that the club have cancelled this years Player of the Year Award Dinner at the ground next week; planned for May 20th. The annual event raises money for the clubs charitable NUFC Foundation
 
MAY 30th 2015, RUGBY LEAGUE MAGIC WEEKEND at St. James Park.
First Utility Super League Round 16.  Attendance: 40 871
(creating a cracking festive atmosphere). Scoring: 4 Points= 1 Try. 2 Points= Conversion.
Played 40 mins each way with 13 players in each side.
Day One: Match 1- SALFORD RED DEVILS v WIDNES VIKINGS,
Score: 16 (4) : 38 (20). Scorers: COREY PATERSON (Try 13 mins), GREG JOHNSON (Try 46 mins + Conversion 47 mins), BEN JONES-BISHOP (Try 58 mins), JOSH GRIFFIN (Conversion 59 mins), Salford. PATRICK AH VAN (2 Try’s 15 & 28 mins), DANNY GALEA (Try 20 mins), JACK OWENS (Conversion 21 mins), KEVIN BROWN (3 Try’s 35, 43 & 62 mins) JACK OWENS (3 Conversions 36, 44 & 63 mins), STEFAN MARSH (Try 70 mins), JACK OWENS (Conversion 71 mins), Widnes.  Referee: James Child.
SALFORD: NIALL EVALDS, BEN JONES-BISHOP, JUNIOR SAU, JOSH GRIFFIN (Sin Binned 78), GREG JOHNSON, THEO FAGES, WELLER HAURAKI, DARRELL GRIFFIN (SUB- 18 LIAM HOOD, Then Back On & Sent Off- 40), JORDAN WALNE (SUB- 23 CARL FORSTER), SCOTT TAYLOR, HARRISON HANSEN (capt), COREY PATERSON (SUB- 32 JASON WALTON), GEORGE GRIFFIN (SUB- 23 ADRIAN MORLEY).
WIDNES: RHYS HANBURY, JACK OWENS, STEFAN MARSH, CAMERON PHELPS (Sin Binned- 78), PATRICK AH VAN, KEVIN BROWN (capt), JOE MELLOR, ALEX GERRARD, LLOYD WHITE (SUB- 28 MATT WHITLEY), GIL DUDSON, CHRIS CLARKSON (SUB- 28 AARON HEREMAIA), DANNY GALEA, WILLIE ISA. 
 
Day One: Match 2- HULL RFC v HULL KINGSTON ROVERS,
Score: 46 (22) : 20 (12).
Scorers: KIRK YEAMAN (2 Try’s 7 & 70 mins), MARK SNEYD (2 Conversions- 8 & 71 mins), FETULI TALANOA (3 Try’s- 18, 44 & 64 mins), MARK SNEYD (2 Conversions 45 & 65 mins), GARETH ELLIS (Try-25 mins), MARC SNEYD (Conversion- 26 mins),-MARK MINICHIELLO (Try- 35 mins), MARK SNEYD (Conversion 36 mins + Penalty Kick 40 mins?), JOE WESTERMAN (Kick 49 mins?), JORDAN RANKIN (Try- 46 mins)- MARK SNEYD (Conversion 47 mins) Hull.  JOSH MANTELLATO (2 Trys- 11 mins +  Conversion 12 mins), KIERAN DIXON (2 Try’s- 31 mins- 90 metres run & 53 mins),  JOSH MANTELLATO- (Conversion 32 mins), JOSH MANTELATO (Try- 58 mins), HKR.  Referee: Robert Hicks. 
HULL FC: JORDAN RANKIN, TOM LINEHAM, SETAIMATA SA, KIRK YEAMAN, FETULI TALANOA, LEON PRYCE, MARC SHIELD, MICKEY PAEA (SUB- 23 CHRIS GREEN), DANNY HOUGHTON, LIAM WATTS (SUB- 32 IAFETA PALEA AESINA), GARETH ELLIS (SUB- 52 RICHARD WHITING), MARK MINICHIELLO, JOE WESTERMAN. (+ Sub Used- JORDAN ABDULL?) 
KINGSTON ROV: BEN COCKAYNE, KIERAN DIXON, KEN SIO, KRIS WELHAM, JOSH MANTELLATO, TERRY CAMPESE, MAURICE BLAIR, TONY PULETUA (SUB- 24 JAMES GREENWOOD, Then Reintroduced Final ¼), JOHN BOUDEBZA, JAMES GREEN (SUB- JORDAN COX Then Reintroduced Final ¼), KEVIN LARROYER, AARON OLLETT (SUB- 37 JAMES DONALDSON) (SUB- 68 SONNY ESSLEMONT), TYRONE McCARTHY,
 
Day One: Match 3- LEEDS RHINOS v WIGAN WARRIORS,
Score: 12 (12): 27 (14).
  Scorers: ADAM CUTHBERTSON (Try- 13 mins), KEVIN SINFIELD (Conversion- 14 mins), JOEL MOON (Try- 19 mins), KEVIN SINFIELD (Conversion 20 mins), Leeds. DAN SARGINSON (Try- 7 mins), JOE BURGESS (Try- 38 mins), MATTY SMITH (Conversion- 39 mins), MATTHEW BOWEN (2 Try’s- 58 & 76 mins), MATTY SMITH (Conversion- 59 mins), DOMINIC CROSBY (Conversion- 77 mins), MATTY SMITH (Drop Kick Goal 79 mins), Wigan.
Referee: Phil Bentham (Warrington).
LEEDS RHINOS: ZAK HARDAKER, ASH HANDLEY, KALLUM WATKINS, JOEL MOON, RYAN HALL, PAUL AITON (SUB- 49 ROB BURROW), ADAM CUTHBERTSON (SUB- 17 JAMIE JONES-BUCHANAN), DANNY McGUIRE, KEVIN SINFIELD, JAMIE PEACOCK, BRETT DELANEY (SUB- 54 BRAD SINGLETON), STEVIE WARD (SUB- 33 MITCHELL ACHURCH), CARL ABLETT.
WIGAN WARRIORS: MATTHEW BOWEN, JOSH CHARNLEY, JOEL TOMKINS, DAN SARGINSON, JOE BURGESS, MICHAEL McILORUM, DOMINIC CROSBY (SUB- 22 TAULIMA TAUTAI), MATTY SMITH, GEORGE WILLIAMS, SEAN O’LOUGHLIN, LEE MOSSOP (SUB- 23 BEN FLOWER), LARNE PATRICK (SUB- 27 CONNOR FARRELL), JOHN BATEMAN 
 
MAY 31st.2015, RUGBY LEAGUE MAGIC WEEKEND at SJP.
First Utility Super League Round 16.  Attendance: 26 917
(Total Attendance over the whole weekend= 67 788 a Magic Weekend Record)
Day Two: Match 1- CATALANS DRAGONS v HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS,
Score: 22 (0) : 22 (10).
Scorers: JODIE BROUGHTON (2 Trys- 26 & 44 mins), DANNY BROUGH (2 Conversions- 27 & 45 mins), DANNY BROUGH (2 Kicked Goals- 34 & 37 mins), DANNTY BROUGH (Try- 80 mins & Conversion 80 mins), JERMAINE McGILLVARY (Try- 80 mins), Huddersfield. ELOI PELISSIER Try- 48 mins), SCOTT DUREAU (Conversion- 49 mins), LUKE KEARY (2 Try’s- 63 & 73 mins), SCOTT DUREAU (Conversion- 64 mins), ZEB TAIA (Try- 70 mins), SCOTT DUREAU (Kicked Goal- 72 mins), Catalans. Referee: Ben Thaler.
CATALANS: MORGAN ESCARE, MICHAEL OLDFIELD, TONY GIGOT, WILLIE TONGA (SUB- 35 ELOI PELISSIER), FOUAD YAHA, IAN HENDERSON, OLIVIER ELIMA (SUB- 28 GREGORY MOUNIS), SCOTT DUREAU, LUKE KEARY, REMI CASTY (SUB- 30 LOUIS ANDERSON), ZEB TAIA, JASON BAITIERI (SUB- 28 JULIEN BOSQUET), ELLIOTT WHITEHEAD.
HUDDERSFIELD: SCOTT GRIX, JERMAINE McGILLVARY, AARON MURPHY, JAKE CONNOR, JODIE BROUGHTON, LUKE ROBINSON (SUB- 31 KRUISE LEEMING), CRAIG KOPCZAK (SUB- 31 ANTHONY MULLALLY), KYLE WOOD, DANNY BROUGH, BRETT FERRES (SUB- 17 UKUMA TA’AI), CRAIG HUBY (SUB- 28 EORL CRABTREE), JOE WARDLE, JACK HUGHES.
 
Day Two  Match 2 ST. HELENS v WARRINGTON WOLVES,
Score: 20 (8) : 16 (16).
Scorers: LOUIE McCARTHY-SCARSBROOK (Try- 21 mins), THOMAS MAKINSON (Conversion 22 mins & Kick Goal- 25 mins), ADAM SWIFT (Try- 49 mins), JON WILKIN (Try- 59 mins), THOMAS MAKINSON (Conversion- 60 mins & Kick Goal- 75 mins), St. Helens. STEFAN RATCHFORD (Try- 10 mins), BEN HARRISON (Try- 16 mins), RYAN ATKINS (Try- 28 mins), CHRIS BRIDGE (Conversion- 29 mins & Kick Goal 37 mins), Warrington.  
Referee: Richard Silverwood (Mirfield). 
ST. HELENS: SHANNON McDONNELL, THOMAS MAKINSON, MATTY FLEMING, JORDAN TURNER, ADAM SWIFT, JAMES ROBY, KYLE AMOR, JON WILKIN, TRAVIS BURNS, LOUIE McCARTHY-SCARSBROOK, ALEX WALMSLEY, JOSH JONES, MARK FLANAGAN.
WARRINGTON: STEFAN RATCHFORD, JOEL MONAGHAN, CHRIS BRIDGE, RYAN ATKINS, GENE ORMSBY, DARYL CLARK (SUB- 43 BRAD DWYER), CHRIS HILL (SUB- 48 ROY ASOTASI), RICHIE MYLER, DECLAN PATTON, BEN WESTWOOD, BEN HARRISON (SUB- 48 JAMES LAITHWAITE), BEN CURRIE, ASHTON SIMS.
 
Day Two: Match 3: CASTLEFORD TIGERS v WAKEFIELD WILDCATS.
Score: 56 (22) : 16 (16).
  Scorers: DENNY SOLOMONA (4 Try’s- 3, 6, 48 & 62 mins), LUKE GALE (3 Conversions- 4, 49 & 63 mins), JORDAN TANSEY (Try- 10 mins), LUKE GALE (Conversion- 11 mins), MICHAEL SHENTON (Try- 29 mins), LUKE GALE (Conversion- 30 mins), ASHLEY GIBSON (3 Try’s- 51, 59 & 77 mins), LUKE GALE (2 Conversions- 60 & 78 mins), LUKE GALE (Try + Conversion 73 mins), Castleford. TOM JOHNSTONE (2 Try’s- 15 & 33 mins), JACOB MILLER (Conversion- 16 mins), DANIEL SMITH (Try- 17 mins), JACOB MILLER (Conversion- 18 mins), Wakefield. Referee: J. Cobb
CASTLEFORD: JORDAN TANSEY, ASHLEY GIBSON, JAKE WEBSTER, MICHAEL SHENTON, DENNY SOLOMONA, SCOTT MOORE (SUB- 2 ADAM MILNER), ANDY LYNCH, LUKE GALE, LIAM FINN, NATHAN MASSEY (SUB- 25 RYAN BOYLE), OLIVER HOLMES, GRANT MILLINGTON (SUB- 29 JUNIOR MOORS), MIKE McMEEKEN.
WAKEFIELD: RICHARD OWEN, TOM JOHNSTONE, DEAN COLLIS, REECE LYNE, CHRIS RILEY, PAUL McSHANE (SUB- 31 PITA GODINET), NICK SCRUTON (SUB- 24 MICKAEL SIMON), TIM SMITH, JACOB MILLER, DANNY WASHBROOK, DANNY KIRMOND, SCOTT ANDERSON (SUB- 3 DANIEL SMITH), JON MOLLOY (SUB- 22 MATT RYAN).
 





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