Newcastle United Expanding – 30 New Jobs Created


The former Newcastle United ticket office will be turned into a new bar at the club, and in addition to offering (welcome) refreshment to fans, it will create 30 new jobs at Newcastle United.

derek llambias up close

Derek LLambias – announced new bar at St. James’ Park

It will be the 700-capacity Terrace Bar, and it will be opened in time for our next home game with Fulham next month on Sunday 7th March, and it’s the first new bar at the club in eight years, and the first one since Mike Ashley bought the club in 2007.

The additional 30 employees will now bring to 700 the total number of catering and events staff at the club, and it’s better than having to lay off workers, which we had to do when the club was relegated a short four years ago.

The new bar will cost Newcastle £300K , and Derek Llambias, Newcastle United’s Managing Director, said this earlier in the week:

“The Terrace is a stylish new development at St James’ Park and one that we are particularly excited about.” “We wanted to create a lively venue for supporters to meet on match days before and after our games. It adds an important new dimension to the stadium and will improve the facilities that we already have in and around St James.”

And with the latest financial figures having Newcastle in the black for the first time for a very long time, things are definitely looking up at Newcastle.

It also looks like Newcastle also want to strengthen their squad significantly in the summer, and if we can keep pressing for a top six or top four spot in the Premier League – and have sold out home gates – that 8,000 extension to take the capacity of St. James’ Park to 60,000 surely cannot be too far away.

What do you think?

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26 comments so far

  • Klatoon

    Mar 27, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #1

    Just seen a journal article saying Haidara’s available for the citeh clash, surely not???

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  • Vask

    Mar 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #2

    Does anyone know where this proposed extension to the stadium will be? I was under the assumption that the east stand was unable to be extended up due to the townhouses behind it.

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  • Joe Blog

    Mar 27, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #3

    There’s only one Derek Llambias, one Derek Llambiaaaas…..

    Thank f***!

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 27, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Klatton – jamshas been posting it this morning. Seems real.

    In other news, while I sweat on my lad buying a couple of extra tickets, my Benfica home ones have arrived today! Yay etc. 🙂 I hope we are still in with a shout by the time they visit it will be a great atmosphere methinks.

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  • Vask

    Mar 27, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #5

    Tsunki, how much did you pay for your benfica tickets? I know i could look it up but I’m asking you instead

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 27, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #6

    Sorry Klatoon ha ha

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  • Markaccus

    Mar 27, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #7

    @vask. I heard that also, and that ST james metro would have to be filled in to support the extra weight.

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  • stuart no9

    Mar 27, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #8

    vask @ 2 the only viable place IMO for the xtra 8ooo can only be the gallowgate end. the leazes is to high already – the east stand woulnt get planning for the houses behind, i dont think the milburn stand has been structured to take another tier , so that only leaves the gallowgate, i maybe wrong , but is there any other way ???????

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  • Owldman

    Mar 27, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #9

    Vask, tickets cost between £5-& £20 depending on the area you are in although most of the £20 are now sold other wise its &15 for adults & £5. For seniors & juniors

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  • Owldman

    Mar 27, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #10

    The east stand is restricted because the street behind St James Street are listed buildings this was the reason Sir John Hall couldn’t have another level there.I may be wrong but it would take an act of parliament to get permission to extend the East Stand.

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  • arctoa

    Mar 27, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #11

    The only feasible stand for redevelopment is the Gallowgate end, and that can only happen with ridiculous expense to shore up the Metro station underneath. I do wish they’d bring it up to the same standard as the other two stands, if only for aesthetics; St. James’ looks very lopsided as it is, at least with three large stands it’d have an interesting horseshoe shape.

    Can’t see it happening any time soon. This was all tied in with Freddy Shepherd’s plan to bring a casino to the scrubland behind the Gallowgate, but that all got shelved when Ashley took over. Realistically, the expense of expanding the Gallowgate is not worth the reward of a relatively small addition to the stadium capacity.

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  • lesh

    Mar 27, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #12

    Ed, 700 catering and events staff (“… additional 30 employees will now bring to 700 the total number of catering and events staff at the club…”)?

    700 catering and events staff? What’s Ashley done, taken Greggs over?

    The new bar’ll have a capacity of 700, And that part answers Vask,’s question. Now, we just need to open another 10 bars to get the 8000 increase to capacity!

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  • lesh

    Mar 27, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #13

    The East stands ripe for develpment. Buy Leazes Terrace, add another floor to the houses (retaining the facade of course) and bingo, job done – 8000 extra bums on seats!

    Shouln’t be a problem with this business-friendly junta of ours!

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  • estechco

    Mar 27, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #14

    I’m not sure it’s the old ticket office that is under development Ed and surely that wouldn’t house 700 people!

    I’d heard that Shearers Bar was likely to be gutted/revamped. Is this not a more likely destination for this new bar?

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  • estechco

    Mar 27, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #15

    @1 – Yeah I read that too and thought likewise

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  • stuart no9

    Mar 27, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #16

    lesh @ 13 the houses behind the east stand are listed therefore probably no chance of adding another floor to them . i think all options have been looked into years ago, however it is very difficult to alter a listed building – if not impossible .

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  • G

    Mar 27, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #17

    Do the 30 new jobs created involve Striker, Right Winger, Full Back etc?

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  • Ian Magpie

    Mar 27, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #18

    On extending the ground issue. The only way to do it is to extend the Gallowgate to the same height as the Leazes and West stand. The East Stand is n NO GO! No way on this earth will the club EVER get planning permission for enlarging the East Stand….Forget it…..It just won’t happen due to its listed status with English Heritage. The Gallowgate is another matter and it is feasable to extend upwards and outwards accross the road. The road could actually run underneath the stand! The problem is the Metro Line but again if that whole area was to be developed and not just the football ground there could be potential funding from Government and Europe. Would it be worth spending say 50 to 100 million on 8,000 seats?????? For me I would like to see the whole of the Gallowgate as one large ‘safe standing’ area as they have in Germany. This would increase capacity upto and above the 60,000 mark and would create one hell of an atmosphere! Just imagine an area inside St James Park similar to the ‘Yellow Wall’ in Dortmund!!!!!!!!! The mind boggles! The noise would challenge the very best in Europe and would possibly match the noise of the Old Leazes End Terrace with the roof! (Q……’Youll Never Take The Leazes’ lol

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  • stuart no9

    Mar 27, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #19

    ian magpie @ 18 great idea. something for the future . the gallowgate would be immense!

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  • lesh

    Mar 27, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #20

    stuart no 9 @16.

    Yet dead right about the terrace and its listed status – I remember the song and dance when the east stand, the Milburn stand was first proposed!

    However and yes my suggestion was made with tongue in cheek, this schidt of a junta that’s supposedly running the country would approve let if the right palms were crossed!

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  • rharrison

    Mar 27, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #21

    As an architect, maybe I could give some opinion on the extension for St. James. Firstly, the gallowgate is the only feasible end to extend, however it is possible to create a double/ triple storey extension above the East Stand with conference, VIP and press accommodation. This would not be raked seating but flat to the inner viewing face and would not give an effective return on the outlay.
    Secondly, the Gallowgate end might not be as expensive as first thought. The metro line wouldnt affect the structure of the Gallowgate itself, but more the SW corner extension as the required structural points align to the overshoot tunnel of St James metro station. It wouls have to be spanned over in an upside down Y shape to meet pile foundations, with the road underneath the stand. What would be tricky however getting planning permission and approval from the immediate area, somethingNUFC does not have a good track record. The imposing height of the gallowgate as proposed would upset the vista of the city- i think it would make it even more impressive, but thts just my opinion.
    In terms of cost, the Sage gateshead cost 60M, and that is a huge experimental steel structure hanging over the tyne gorge. Accounting for inflation it would be safe to assume the gallowgate, with its tricky foundations could be completed for not much more than what liverpool paid for Andy Carroll.

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  • stuart no9

    Mar 27, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #22

    rharrison@21- as i am no architect , what you say regarding the sw corner of the gallowgate may be correct, however , i struggle to understand how we could build on the east stand . we would never get planning due to the listed buildings behind, so the only option imo would be the gallowgate?

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  • rharrison

    Mar 27, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #23

    stuart no9,
    Something like this
    http://www.labombonera.com.ar/media/galeria/121/7/9/4/1/o_boca_juniors_la_bombonera-421497.jpg

    Instead of stands, imagine the vertical bits being corporate boxes, camera, press etc. with the existing space thats used for as more seating.

    But yes with leazes terrace planning might just be too much of an issue!

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  • stuart no9

    Mar 28, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #24

    rharrison @ 23 that picture shows what can be achieved when space is a major problem , a brilliant idea. i am a housebuilder, and i understand making use of every sq2 ft available.and that would work, but you know as well as i do blocking light from the houses behind would be a major issue, and a certain refusal. however a great idea.

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  • rharrison

    Mar 29, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #25

    Stuart no.9; thank you for your praise!
    Whilst i do fear that many proposals to extend SJP would lead to conflict with planning laws and quite rightly so, to expand the stadium without thought to the cityscape or its heritage would lead to conflict with the very benefactors of the club. However, I think the time is right to commission a feasibility study to look into possible options and to come to a compromise with the planners so when the day comes to extend the stadium, there is a clear plan of action and good dialogue with the authorities and the public.
    As i’m sure you are aware, sometimes a feasibility study whilst not quite proposing what is exactly likely to come to fruition, it creates awareness, good relationships and overall a case of optimism which further portrays the club to be one that has potential to expand and value it investment.

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  • stuart no9

    Mar 29, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #26

    rharrison- are you in any way involved in city-centre projects or familiar with with local planners responsible for maintaining the citys heritage within the remit of your profession ?

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