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Falcons A Quick Guide


By DC
July 2 2012

A quick guide to Newcastle Falcons .  .  . and a warm welcome to the Championship to all their supporters, players and officials.

 

 

 

Newcastle were founded in 1877 as Gosforth Football Club by a group of Old Boys of Durham School, they played in green and white  until the mid-1990s

In 1990 they changed names to Newcastle Gosforth and moved to Kingston Park stadium.

The current name:  Newcastle Falcons was adopted at the start of the professional era.

In 1996 they adopted the current black-and-white, after local businessman Sir John Hall had taken control.

Kingston Park was the smallest stadium in the Premiership  with an average crowd of 4,500.

According to Newcastle’s website, Kingston Park has undergone a number of facelifts, firstly with the installation of a temporary stand on the western side of the ground, and most recently the construction of three completely new permanent stands.

These are the main West Stand, the popular covered terracing of the John Smiths Stand and the uncovered terracing of the North Stand.

www.newcastlefalcons.co.uk

Travel

The stadium is 5 minutes from Newcastle International Airport and close to both Kingston Park and Kenton Bank Foot Metro stations.

By taxi it’s only a 4 mile drive to Newcastle city centre and only 2 minutes from the A1.

Newcastle Metro http://www.nexus.org.uk/metro

Hotels

Britannia Hotel Newcastle Airport www.britanniahotels.com

Premier Inn www.premierinn.com

Doubletree By Hilton Hotel http://doubletree3.hilton.com

Novotel Newcastle Airport Hotel www.novotel.com

B&B

Stonehaven Lodge Bed And Breakfast http://stonehavenlodge.webs.com

Stone Cottage  www.stonecottageguesthouse.com

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Falcons A Quick Guide
Unofficial Pirates (IP Logged)
02/07/2012 15:22
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Re: Falcons A Quick Guide
cheshire exile (IP Logged)
02/07/2012 18:37
Scary one this.
When I lived in Newcastle in the 80s I was picked to play for my then club [Novocastrians] in their flagship fixture, New Years Day at Gosforth.
I was home for the holidays so spent most of New Years Eve [10 hours] driving back to Newcastle.
The pitch was frozen and the game called off.
Probably just as well.....

 
Re: Falcons A Quick Guide
w0ll (IP Logged)
02/07/2012 19:34
And we are scheduled to go there at the end of January...may have to pack an extra tee shirt

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Re: Falcons A Quick Guide
Barbancet (IP Logged)
02/07/2012 19:48
Hi all

Falcons supporter here.

I'll definitely be down for our match with you, & I'm really looking forward to it.

If the game is confirmed as Sunday 23rd Sept I'll be on the bike & down for Saturday & leaving on Monday. Until the RFU get their brains back into gear, I'll leave hotel bookings until later.

Advice about where to drink in Penzance would be good, & to meet up with some of you would be a bonus.

I may not be alone!(Sm60)

btw #cornwallneedsastadium(Sm128)

.....but what do I know? I'm not an Australian TMO.

 
Re: Falcons A Quick Guide
pastitref (IP Logged)
02/07/2012 20:17
Welcome to Barbancet and all Falcons supporters!

You will find Plenty of drinking establishments in Penzance, all they way from the station to the ground you will find Pirate and visiting fans having a beer (or perhaps a coke) in the bars on the way. Also plenty of places to get a meal if you need solid food.

There are also pubs and cark parks within a short walk of the ground, which is found on Alexandra rd just off the promenade.

More accurate directions I will leave to others. I get lost in a phone box!

Have a good trip, a great time and enjoy the championship!

 
Re: Falcons A Quick Guide
Captain Blood (IP Logged)
02/07/2012 21:49
Bit off topic..Cheshire Exile...... but given where you were in the 80's does the name " Tuxedo Princess" mean anything to you....????

" May the road rise with you"(Sm109)

 
Re: Falcons A Quick Guide
cheshire exile (IP Logged)
03/07/2012 09:18
Hardly off topic as I was marketing manager of a North East brewery so occasionally had to make work related sorties onto the Princess.....

 
Re: Falcons A Quick Guide
03/07/2012 11:24
Worst place on earth the tuxedo princess. What WAS that smell?

 
Re: Falcons A Quick Guide
clalan (IP Logged)
03/07/2012 21:37
Hi all, Chiefs supporter here, just to say that Falcons away is a cracking weekend. We flew up on the cheap as booked early, everything you need is on the Metro system so its easy to enjoy the match, their great supporters and the night life.
All the best for next season.

 
Re: Falcons A Quick Guide
Monkey1 (IP Logged)
03/07/2012 22:20
Another Falcon here.

As Clalan says, you can make a trip out of the game up here & you will be made most welcome. We have some details about travel:

Linky thing

Soon will have details about the stadium & maybe even about what rugby supporters will enjoy in the city.

I do hope you will make the trip up. If you ask on the Wuss board they will give details of their arrangements for coming up here. They have it sussed, hotel in Tynemouth which is on the coast a few miles from the city, they even do a dip in the North Sea being mad people, shifts a hangover though. If you can make a short holiday of it then I hope you explore my native Northumberland. Many similarities to Cornwall being a long way from our crapital city & nobody gives a stuff about us. Population density is so low that the only neighbours we can see from our house are three miles away, and we have a laid back attitude to life.

We will be at the Mennaye in September, making the most of your hospitality, well as much as responsible parents of a 4 month old can anyway. We are making a bit of a holiday out of it, exploring your nooks & crannies if you will pardon the expression.

See you soon, looking forward to it.
(Sm128)

 
Re: Falcons A Quick Guide
Dotcom (IP Logged)
03/07/2012 23:11
Last time I was up there in Dry Dock (South Shields) and previously when we used to run into Sunderland - all the Pubs had PVC seats (benches).

I remember the pub just outside the dock gates in Sunderland, you could see the light from the gas lamps, glistening on the rain soaked cobbles just under the railway bridge.

People were great, sailed with a few, so looking forward to the trip

 
Re: Falcons A Quick Guide
Captain Blood (IP Logged)
03/07/2012 23:18
Gotta concur with Monkey 1 regarding Northumberland.

Had a girlfriend who lived in Alnwick ( 35 miles north of Newcastle) at one time so stomped around the area a bit.

It's a lot like " God's Country" but the area round the coast is flatter

Highlights for me....

Lindisfarne ( a bit far up the coast unless you're taking a car but peaceful and with a couple of good pubs !!)

Bamburgh: The beach below the castle is a belter even in the winter if you wrap up warm !

"May the road rise with you"
(Sm109)

 
Re: Falcons A Quick Guide
*Stalwart (IP Logged)
04/07/2012 07:58
Ah, Lindsifarne .... Fog on the Tyne....classic tune.
Agree about the area, it's beautiful - and just like Kernow it rains a lot!

 
Re: Falcons A Quick Guide
Landlubber (IP Logged)
04/07/2012 10:20
The last time I was in Newcastle was in 1987, when in the royal Navy, just after a certain team there had won the FA cup. I had my picture taken with it when it was brought onboard the Ark Royal. I went to watch a local kickabout wendyball game between Newcastle United and Swindon in a now infamous 4 - 0 win which was the source of a 'bung' fiasco involving Lou McCarie (Swindon manager). It was back in the good old days when Gazza played for them and was at this best. The nights out in town were fantastic with a great party atmosphere and you were made welcome. Hope it's the same now and the documentaries of it being a rough place to go are not true!

 
Re: Falcons A Quick Guide
pastitref (IP Logged)
04/07/2012 14:52
A couple of seasons ago we (pirates) played Donny on a Friday evening, and Plymouth argyle were playing Newcastle united on the Saturday.

So,drove up to donny on the Friday, watched us win, thence onto Newcastle and stayed at a premier inn right beside the river next to the bridge.

Went to the football match, got on fine with both argyle and newcastle fans and had a great weekend in the city.

Did go to Gosforth when Gloucester played there in 1980 for a cup match, which Glos lost 3-0 in an awful game and apart from that can remember very little...

 
Re: Falcons A Quick Guide
Captain Blood (IP Logged)
04/07/2012 16:15
Pastitref


Am spending a night in 4 weeks or so in the very same Premier Inn. as part of a "Grand Tour" around the north with the family. (Looking up old haunts etc.)

Is it any good?

"May the road rise with you"

PS. While I'm on - There's a rumour going around the Nat2 section of Rolling Maul" that "Villi" is headed to Redruth. Anyone confirm this?



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Re: Falcons A Quick Guide
04/07/2012 20:20
Quote:
Landlubber
The last time I was in Newcastle was in 1987, when in the royal Navy, just after a certain team there had won the FA cup. I had my picture taken with it when it was brought onboard the Ark Royal. I went to watch a local kickabout wendyball game between Newcastle United and Swindon in a now infamous 4 - 0 win which was the source of a 'bung' fiasco involving Lou McCarie (Swindon manager). It was back in the good old days when Gazza played for them and was at this best. The nights out in town were fantastic with a great party atmosphere and you were made welcome. Hope it's the same now and the documentaries of it being a rough place to go are not true!

Coventry won the FA cup in 1987...

There's something for everyone as far as a night out goes.

 
Re: Falcons A Quick Guide
blazie pirate (IP Logged)
04/07/2012 20:38
Really looking forward to linking up with the Geordies in Sept and even more so the trip in January. Great people.

 
Re: Falcons A Quick Guide
pastitref (IP Logged)
05/07/2012 07:28
Capt Blood,

Yes, I found it very good, in a great location, although I did come off at the wrong place and get lost but thats usual for me. It is actually quite easy to find.

Its featured on the Tv advert where you can see the bridge through the window.

Plenty of bars and eateries nearby but the food there was fine. My stay also co- incided with the great north run so it was busy!

Will be staying there again come January...

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