Newcastle Show Ambition With Stunning New Training Complex

Newcastle released exciting plans yesterday, about a new state of the art training complex to be built at the current training grounds at Benton, and it will double the size of the buildings, and also add ultra-modern new facilities such as a swimming pool to the expanded complex.

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Mike Ashley – excellent investment in the club by the owner

This is the full statement released by Newcastle United yesterday, , which came before the home game against West Brom, which produced out fourth win on the trot in the league, and has Newcastle one point out of second place before today’s four games.

Newcastle United Football Club have announced plans for a stunning new state-of-the-art training complex as part of a multi-million pound redevelopment of the Club’s existing 35-acre training ground site.

The current intention is that work will get underway in May 2015 and when complete in early 2016, the Magpies will occupy one of the finest training facilities of its kind in Europe.

While existing training pitches and a modern indoor training hall will be retained, the Club’s current Training Center building will be demolished and replaced by a much larger, high-tech structure.

It will accommodate newly-designed changing, training, rehabilitation, medical, leisure and catering facilities and will also introduce the latest aquatic technology to the site, with a 20-meter swimming pool, a hydrotherapy and fitness pool and specialist equipment to aid injury prevention and recovery.

The new construction will also create a fitness center double the size of the Club’s existing gymnasium, as well as administrative space, a presentation suite for match analysis and a new media suite.

Newcastle United Director of Football, Joe Kinnear, said:

“This is a hugely exciting development for Newcastle United. We have one of football’s great stadiums and we are delighted to now be announcing plans for a training complex which will rival any in Europe.

“Top players and top teams need top training and medical facilities. Our current training ground has served the Club very well but the new complex will give us all of the ingredients that we need to continue maintaining and enhancing the performance of elite footballers.

“It will also be an added attraction when we are looking to recruit players.”

The new training complex has been designed to fit within the Club’s impressive environmental policy, building on the Magpies’ achievement of becoming the world’s first carbon neutral football club in 2012.

The new eco-friendly building will be made from cross-laminated timber (CLT) sourced from sustainable forests and will produce its own energy from a combined heat and power (CHP) plant room.

A formal planning application is to be submitted shortly before a tender process begins. For exclusive images, click here.

The Club’s official website, will continue to bring supporters exclusive updates on the project as they happen.

This is exciting news for Newcastle United, who will soon have one of the best top training complexes in Europe to augment the top  stadium – we already have.

That shows ambition and is a great investment for the club, and now all we need from Mike Ashley is to shell out some money – starting in January, so we can bring in tow or three top players to further strengthen the squad, which is the strongest we have seen since the  halcyon Bobby Robson days at Newcastle.

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25 comments so far

  • saxonfenken

    Dec 1, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #1

    Some money from somwhere,
    from previous blog
    Change the record, fed up with your ridiculous animosity to Colo, just like the Simpson, Williamson and Shola haters. They are our players lets get behind them, not slag them off at every opportunity. have an opinion by all means, not every other entry o the blog.

    And where are the Ruddy’s, and Catchy’s, I bet they are sick as parrots

  • Spuggy

    Dec 1, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #2

    I think toonbrother is a wum. Best ignored. You can’t argue someone out of a position they didn’t argue themselves into.

    Now, whose for a shola hatrick against the swans? 🙂

  • Spuggy

    Dec 1, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #3

    Great news on the training facilities Ed. It’s the only week link in terms of our facilities as a whole.

    The player fitness and conditioning has been top notch so far this season. Perhaps the new conditioning coach is working her magic.

    Slowly slowly catchy monkey nufc!

  • toonbrother

    Dec 1, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #4

    anyone notice how coloshitty always DELIBERATELY drifts out wide into the full back positions so that his weaknesses as a centre half- arent so obvious?

    very often when we concede he is MIA in central defence . This is no accident.For me it is the height of dishonest football. Hed rather abandon Willo in central defence than allow himself be embarrassed

    As long as this virus remains a part of our starting line up, we will not achieve clean sheets. You can take that to the bank

  • cyprus

    Dec 1, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #5

    Nice facilities, I’m sure. Of course, JFK, the biggest attraction to new recruits is the colour of the dosh.

    Now, the game: we contained a very good team who ‘beat’ Chelsea to just a couple decent chances. Our defense was good overall- sorry toonbrother, Colo too 🙂 I haven’t seen a team yet which doesn’t make any errors in back. Ours were small mistakes which don’t even need commenting on a blog.

    Attack: Well, what to say about Shola the Strolla. I’ve been amazed at how he kept his job, but it’s his turn to show me exactly why. Well done son. Remy was a bit wasteful, but still tried hard. Gouffy is a revelation, I noticed he’s behind Santon when he attacks.

    MF: Welcome back Tiote! Always available. How many mistakes did he make? (Maybe none). Cabs, fighting display.

    MOM: Sissoko. Special mention Willy, but Deb Santon, and the rest were fine. Tough but deserved win.

    The table: One point away from second?? Weh hey

  • toonbrother

    Dec 1, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #6

    for the record i never showed animosity towards Simpson, Willo, Perch, Obertan ,Tiote , Best or any of the other favorite scapegoats of this blog. I was one of the few who had the sense to see the value these players add to our team when other morons were slagging them off

    I have reserved my animosity for those that deserve it. Coloshitty is top of that list.Get rid

  • John Tudor

    Dec 1, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #7

    they are not, quite the contrary they will be delighted as am i .they still have there opinions and to that they are entitled so desist in slagging people off for nowt

  • bills-son

    Dec 1, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #8

    Four wins on the trot and 5th after a third of the season and last night and this morning the blog is dead.

    Why is it dead? Because the only fans who come out in force on here now are the Ashley, Pardew, Shola, Willo and Tiote haters and they’ve got nowt to moan about – although toonbrother is making a fist of it with his bile about Colo.

    No sensible fan is thinking we are suddenly a top side, nailed on for the Champs Lge with a Shanklyesque manager – but by the same token we aren’t the pi$$ weak relegation squad managed by a clueless idiot that many on this blog were saying even up to a month ago.

    I used to look forward to the Sunday morning craic on the blog especially after a win. Now I wonder why I bother coming on.

  • tequilamag

    Dec 1, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #9

    repost from [previous thread

    tequilamag // Dec 1, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Toonbrother why are you referring yourself as the third person ? Post 7 ” can1t say Toonbrother is surpised” you need help.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 1, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #10

    toonbotherer you are indeed a WUM. Finally as a lesson try watching a match instead of imagining it. The entre defence drifts right as thats where all their forwards are bar one, who drifts to centre with Williamson, Debuchy incorrectly drifts in to help Williamson, forgets to look over his shoulder where Brunt charges down th wing, followed by Sissoko. Sissoko and Debuchy exchange glances after the goal. Coloccini was about the lest involved bar being the only defender to get a foot into a tackle in the move. Thats actually what happened, not the thing in your head.

    For the record, I supported Willo more than most and I am pleased he is doing well.

  • John Tudor

    Dec 1, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #11

    there have been sides in 5th have have been relegated so nothing set in stone.
    still dont rate pardew albeit we are stuck with him.jfa is correct ashley is the problem

  • Tsunki

    Dec 1, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #12

    Anyway nothing detracts from a great win against a stubborn side. Pards is slowly working his way back onto my card list!


  • martoon

    Dec 1, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #13

    toonbrother – I’m probably wasting my time but here goes anyway. The reason Colo was wide is because he was marking Long who had pulled wide and so he had to track him. As far as I know we use man marking rather than zonal marking otherwise Colo would have stayed in the middle. If you watch carefully Cissoko lets Brunt run past him so if if you have to apportion blame then it is probably Cissoko but it was actually a well worked goal.

  • John Tudor

    Dec 1, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #14

    cissoko get the blame for me but admonished for scoring a cracker

  • John Tudor

    Dec 1, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #15

    absolved durr

  • toonbrother

    Dec 1, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #16

    @Martoon did you read toonbrother’s original post. This isnt about one game. He does it ALL the time. Is he man marking Shane Long every week? Stop making excuses for his rubbish and dishonest defending

  • bills-son

    Dec 1, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #17


    Haway man, what is the point of saying sides in 5th have been relegated? That is exactly the type of negative comment that only a fan who is torn between wanting the team to do well and wanting it to do badly to be proven right about Ashley and Pardew. Why else would you write it?

  • bollance

    Dec 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #18

    What was the turning point this season?

    The march where our own fans protested that this squad is not good enough. A clear message to the player that their own supporters didn’t think they were good enough.

    There has been investment in the playing squad which including agents fees (as stated previously by the club) adds up to a tidy sum.

    The squad is strong and big although some players are injury prone which needs to be taken into consideration.

    What is a problem is that only a maximum of 14 players will play each week meaning the rest will not progress. The loan window was the perfect opportunity to get some players seemingly out the picture out on loan to the championship up until Xmas. Opportunity missed.

    But who really cares about that, we are 5th. Make the most of it while it lasts! This year they are lots of very good teams in the Prem. Fr example once tottenham’s team settles they will be title contenders.

  • John Tudor

    Dec 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #19

    hey we all want the toon to win but nowt is set in stone .i reserve the right to expect

  • MosesNUFC

    Dec 1, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #20

    toonbrother, all i can say is to your utterly ignorant comments is,


    I feel like i should rub it into your face that pardew is a good manager and we are playing very well, you just can’t seem to face that mr negative.

  • Papiss9

    Dec 1, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #21

    didn’t see the match yesterday. Great win against a WBA who’s done well this year (not an easy game)

    Great to see Sissoko score a fantastic longshot.

    I know many still hate pardew. If you stop critisizing him, at least when we’re in this kind of form, doesn’t mean people think you like him.. This blog has lost many regular posters due to negativity all the time.

    Those who thought we might get relegated this year cleraly doesn’t know football.

    a lot of us predicted 8th, TDS gathered predictions before the season. Some said 15th or 16th.. never gonna happen.

  • mickg108

    Dec 1, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #22

    On Colo,no such thing as coincidence,we’ve conceded 2 Goals in 2 Games,,while Cloono has been brought back in the Team.


    Dec 1, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #23

    I do have to admit I no longer feel as warm towards Colo or feel secure when he is on the starting like up as in the best.

    However I still more than appreciate what he has done for the toon and respect he wants to move home (conducted himself with far more respect and dignity than Cabaye.)

    Nevertheless can people stop referring to him as ‘Coloshitty’
    It is neither provocative, witty or remotely Inteligent.

    On a brighter note, another stellar performance where we solid and just deserved the win!


  • nufc 11

    Dec 1, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #24

    Colo is the one leading an organising the defence and runs over to the left trying to block down a cross with santon standing there huge gap on the centre then this kind of defending has been the root cause of our demise since we fin 5th weather it be colo or santon at fault nearly always either or. Colo is clearly not up to job.

  • Ancientcoptic

    Dec 1, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #25

    ”It will accommodate newly-designed changing, training, rehabilitation, medical, leisure and catering facilities and will also introduce the latest aquatic technology to the site, with a 20-meter swimming pool, a hydrotherapy and fitness pool and specialist equipment to aid injury prevention and recovery.”

    While I am not one of the complainers etc, I do not understand how this shows the club has improved on its ambition… having improved facilities to help players back to fitness for me isn’t really a big message to the rest of the league. All this is, is slightly better facilities for the staff we already have – ambition stems from investing in tranfers for good players – improving facilities equates to a bit of upkeep, is all.


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