Iconic St. James Park Gates To Be Unveiled Tomorrow


One of the things that Newcastle fans will see tomorrow are the iconic wrought iron gates that used to be at the stadium, but were taken away in 1999, and they ended up at Woolsington Hall, the estate of Sir John Hall.

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The iconic St. James’ Park wrought iron gates

But the club, Sir John and NUFC Fans United got together and agreed that they needed to be restored and they were being installed and further restored at the ground earlier this week.

They will be covered up until tomorrow, before they are formally unveiled, and the workers seem to have done a great job in restoring the gates to their former glory.

And it’s great to see the club and fans working together to get something positive achieved for Newcastle United.

Here are some photos of the restored wrought iron gates, and the men working on them – and we should see some additional photos tomorrow after the gates are unveiled.

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119 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 23, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #1

    These will ensure that pardew does not escape the assylum

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  • Zebras4Life

    Aug 23, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #2

    Bought F’n Time – I will never forgive the fat controller for that. Its been all downhill since. What an amazing stadium. I have never been but plan on it in the next couple of years. As for the club having the same ambition as the Manchester sides…??? I about fell out of my chair. I was giving these clowns the benefit of the doubt but they are delousional. Just incredible.

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  • tequilamag

    Aug 23, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #3

    Not sure “iconic” is the correct word for the gates. Nice gates and all that but they are just gates. Seems a bit pointless to just put them up against a wall as well.

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  • jayphoto

    Aug 23, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #4

    Not really sure the gates are iconic…. were they really up for that long?
    Looked damned bloody ridiculous in front of the breezeblock wall anyways! Good metaphor for the club under Ashley though gates infront of a brick wall….

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  • Wayayman

    Aug 23, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #5

    Problem with playing 4-4-2 though is the WE DON’T HAVE ANY WINGERS!!!

    No point asking Benny or Marv, or Gouffran or Sissoko to play there as it’s wasting their natural talent for attacking more centrally. We’d have far more success trying to play our way through teams than hitting the wings, attempting a cross then having their huge CD’s head it out of the box again. We don’t have a Shearer any more, we don not have the players to play 4-4-2 so there’s absolutely NO point in playing that way!

    4-3-3 is the way forward with Benny and Marv or Gouffy, Remy when he’s fit playing just behind Cisse. The benefit of having Remy in there with Cisse is that one will always drop deeper than the other to get the ball moving forward but that’s not playing alongside. Can’t remember when we last got a decent cross into the box from open play anyway!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 23, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #6

    Nice to have these gates back at the stadium, shame they are up against a wall though and they haven’t found a spot for them properly.

    Good idea but a pit poorly planned out….sums up the regime.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 23, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #7

    Wayayman

    Problem is we need good width. Even if its not to cross but to stretch play.

    I remember guardiola satin his barca side struggled when they moved away from width as teams could crowd them out centrally, even with their talent.

    So we need width from somewhere, if not wingers then we need the fullbacks to really attack and an extra CB or holding mid player to offer the protection.

    The main issue we have though is there is no team cohesion and players don’t link different areas of the team well…I believe this is because as a whole the team is 20 yards to deep most of the time and we play on the back foot…that requires lots of pace which we dont have.

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  • jayphoto

    Aug 23, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #8

    theres a horrible chance that if tiote misses tomorrow Pardew will think that Anita is too small to impose himself on a physical opposition and opt for Gosling!
    Same reason I think Sammy might get the nod at left wing, for his height! Always thought fast technical players will pee all over big physical teams 9 times outta 10, its rare a physical team wins leagues, champions leagues or world cups! Also wouldn’;t be surprised if Sholas fit he’ll start up top in a direct style 4-4-2

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  • Thump

    Aug 23, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Here’s one for you lot. My mate’s just finishing a coaching course with NUFC and has been on a stadium tour as part of it (something to do with the Prince’s Trust, I don’t know, don’t ask). Anyway, when a player’s sold they turn the shirt around in the dressing room. Perch’s is still up but turned around… as was Cisse’s. I’m assuming it’s a cock up but it’s interesting nonetheless.

    He actually wanted me to phone him about the gates (they’re coned off, there’s a cover over them and there’s tools laying next to them) but clearly this post explains it!

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 23, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Ed

    I am one person who will always defend you against the onslaught of abuse you sometimes receive for your posts.

    However this time I must highlight how innacurate this post is.

    These gates are not iconic. They were erected in the late 80’s and dismantled in the mid 90’s.

    They have been placed against a wall and the owner and sponsors are manipulating facts in order to win hearts and minds.

    This isn’t a good thing as people like yourself buy into this nonsense and spread the word they want you to say to hundreds and thousands of toon fans who will think the board have done something good for the club.

    Rotting gates from a rubbish heap that are neither iconic or legendary.

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  • Zebras4Life

    Aug 23, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #11

    Sage – a 5-2-1-2 would work in my opinion. Similiar to Juve. Santon and Debuchy would be used more in attack w 3 CB’s. Play Sissoko and Cabate as holding CDMs and Benny as a CAM w Remy and Cisse up top

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 23, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #12

    Jayphoto

    In modern football players are well protected, too well in my eyes as even a bit of strength in a shoulder barge is a foul.

    So you’re right, big physical players count for nothing if they can’t get near the ball, their size is taken out of the equation.

    Ideally you want a big, physical player who is also technical, best of both worlds…but it’s more rare.

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  • TimKrulFan

    Aug 23, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #13

    How about a player instead. Anytime fatty does something nice its just to soften the blow for what he is about to do.

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  • DokToon

    Aug 23, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #14

    is it me or are the gates in the perfect place… they open them, and we all will run headlong into a solid wall, like lemmings…

    kinda like our club, trying to make headway up the table…

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 23, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #15

    Beattie

    Neither is every NUFC target Top Player as ED puts it. its Journalism

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 23, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #16

    Zebras

    Possibly could work.

    For me it’s less about formations and more about getting the players playing as a unit and working in the right areas of the pitch.

    Us being being too deep and lacking pace explains for me why we never seen to be able to create team goals and rely heavily on individual efforts.

    There were small signs of improvement in the city game I thought so I’ll see how we fare on Saturday.

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  • Monument Mal

    Aug 23, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #17

    How apt…….gates to nowhere

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  • Zebras4Life

    Aug 23, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #18

    I agree w that as well – I do feel that the strengths of players like Santon and Debuchy are in attack b/c they are avg defenders at best. Im expecting a nice result and the forum to relax a bit come Sat eve

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  • catchy in norway

    Aug 23, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #19

    tequila

    we do play badly , more often than just ok, rarely good, and never excellent

    we have never put in a solid 90 mins against any team in the last 2 years, and even in the season we finished 5th, the football was rout 1, launch up to Ba and cisse,,

    as a football fan, I want us to thrash someone, and this will NEVER happen under pardew, he panics and tries to shut up shop

    his man management skills are very poor, ask anita, marv, fergy, and many others

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  • lesh

    Aug 23, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #20

    Have the gates been positioned where they used to be? Anyone know?

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  • Wayayman

    Aug 23, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #21

    TS, undoubtedly the wing backs would want to get forward as Debs and Santon (also Dummett) like to get forward naturally. Even if they don’t recieve the ball, their presence is creating space for the forward 3 (or Cisse and the 2 ACM’s) to run into and exploit. Someone like Sissoko who is that way inclined would love some movement in front of him to create some gaps. I know none of us are professionals, or coaches, but it’s a bit fcuking alarming when we can all see it except the clown putting the team out, isn’t it?

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  • Klatoon

    Aug 23, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #22

    Shola should only start IF Dummet’s in the team. The lad whips a wicked cross and Shola’s not too bad attacking crosses.

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  • tequilamag

    Aug 23, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #23

    Catchy this season is a clean sheet for me. I would take the top 5 season again performances and all but that is history, the same as last season is history. It could go either way.

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  • Zebras4Life

    Aug 23, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #24

    Teq – it takes time for teams to gel as well – Playing a man down w/out our core (Cabaye) on the road against City is not proper match to judge how we will be this season. Im really looking forward to tomorrow to see how we will really look this season. Im hoping for a proper result!

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 23, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #25

    0-0 draw tomorrow. we don’t seem like to be able to know how to attack. but we should tighten up defensively and will most likely grind out a draw.

    i just can’t see us scoring.

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  • Zebras4Life

    Aug 23, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #26

    Ilovetoon – classic name btw

    You really dont see us scoring? Ill take some action on that.

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  • catchy in norway

    Aug 23, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #27

    tequilamag

    sometimes you have to look at history to see the future,

    history tells us that pardew has never been an attacking manager, he always moans about reasons why its not his fault,
    when in reality, this is the best attacking squad he has ever had,

    this season, it could be mind games, but he is already saying we carnt compete with southamton and teams around them,, so where is he aiming

    Europe is to many games for him,

    he carnt handle cup games

    history tells us this,, so what should we expect ???

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  • Ben3arfa

    Aug 23, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #28

    Something needs to be done ! URGENTLY

    We will not win tomrrow . Perhaps some should go look for Mr. Ashley and have a word with him personally. This is too much

    ASHLEY OUT. KINNEAR OUT. PARDEW OUT

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  • toonaids

    Aug 23, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #29

    this team has stagnated and i can only think of pardew to blame, so instead of pushing the same team/formation/pap i say try something different

    krul
    debu colo yanga santon

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  • VanToonMan

    Aug 23, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #30

    http://www.shieldsgazette.com/sport/football/newcastle-united/talk-of-the-toon-ambition-isn-t-a-dirty-word-mike-1-5981391

    Great article by Ross Gregory. Not extreme and over-romanticised but a neutral and realistic critique of the owner/board’s behaviour over the last couple of seasons.

    I’m slowly giving up on hopes of a regular top 6 finish under the Ashley reign. Nevertheless let’s hope for 3 points tomorrow.

    Team for tomorrow:

    ——-Debuchy———-Colo———-MBiwa——-Dummett–

    ———————-Sissoko————-Tiote———————–

    ——-Ben Arfa—————Cabs/Anita———-Marveaux—

    ———————————-Cisse———————————-

    Bench: Elliot, Dummett, Willo, Cabs/Anita, Obertan, Gosling

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  • toon kk

    Aug 23, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #31

    We’ll get beat 0 2 tomorrow. I really can’t see us creating anything and there’s a good chance we’ll give a pelenty away.
    We’re in for a long hard season.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 23, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #32

    Zebras4Life // Aug 23, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    i really can’t see us scoring. when’s the last time we looked like we knew what we are doing when we are in their final 3rd?

    nothing has changed from last season so far. unless something miraculous happen which i don’t think will.

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  • toonaids

    Aug 23, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #33

    this team and formation have stagnated and i can only blame pardew, but cant be bothered so hope he tries something different. young talent is where well get the fire from and why not playu them, try something different at least itll show the regular starters what is required and might get a bit more of competition,

    krul
    debuchy colo yanga santon
    gosling
    dummet/marv sissoko gouffran/sammy
    ben arfa/vuckic
    cisse/campbell
    orr

    krul
    debuchy colo yanga dummet
    bigi
    gosling sissoko
    Ben arfa/marv santon/gouffran
    cisse/campbell

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  • fatman

    Aug 23, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #34

    We’re on a road to nowhere
    Come on inside
    Takin’ that ride to nowhere
    We’ll take that ride

    I’m feelin’ okay this mornin’
    And you know,
    We’re on the road to paradise
    Here we go, here we go

    CHORUS

    Maybe you wonder where you are
    I don’t care
    Here is where time is on our side
    Take you there…take you there

    We’re on a road to nowhere
    We’re on a road to nowhere
    We’re on a road to nowhere

    There’s a city in my mind
    Come along and take that ride
    And it’s all right, baby, it’s all right

    And it’s very far away
    But it’s growing day by day
    And it’s all right, baby, it’s all right

    They can tell you what to do
    But they’ll make a fool of you
    And it’s all right, baby, it’s all right

    We’re on a road to nowhere

    was this written for our bunch of clowns.

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  • toon kk

    Aug 23, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #35

    It doesn’t matter which team Pards puts out, we’re not good enough. I know his tactics dont help but surely people can see we’re a weak squad. What do people expect from us?

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  • toonaids

    Aug 23, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #36

    i want to see vuckic, dummet and gosling playing against west ham, why would we play them preseaon and rave about how good they could be because they were the only three i thought that shone. goslings hungry for a new team so he will play his balls off, dummet has a chance to make an impact and vuckic looks a cool level headed player who can link up our attack!!!

    what doya reckon

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  • Yohan Kebab

    Aug 23, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #37

    u seen pardew using monday as an excuse for this weekend, this is getting ridiculous

    “We’re kind of patching ourselves up a little bit from Monday. First game you don’t really want to go down to 10 with 45 to go.”
    “Some of our players have worked a little bit harder than they should have, so we’ve got a couple of tired bodies.”

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 23, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #38

    Nice gates wrong place might need them in front of Krul tomorrow!

    Anyway TOON fans not the only ones hacked off with the transfer window – Spuds fans most be hacked off loosing Bale to Real and Willam going to Chelski.

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  • stan anderson

    Aug 23, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #39

    Wonder the fat controller has,nt flogged the gates to Sheperd for the scrap value,scrap is,nt cheap is it.
    And we got same ambition as the Mancs have we?.
    Never had any doubt about it.
    Hope we dont get humiliated by the hammers tomorrow like,but i am not confident with this idiot picking the team.Shola, Sammy,Gosling etc.We are doomed.

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  • fatman

    Aug 23, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #40

    gates would have been better utilized up against the goal at least Pardew could have said we kept a clean sheet for half the game.

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