Status Of Benton Training Ground Improvements

A number of fans have been asking what’s happening with the training ground improvements at Benton we heard about over eighteen months ago.

Construction was initially supposed to start at the end of last season – but because our precarious situation in the league, the plans were put on hold – but now the club is looking at how to reset the plans.

But of course it may now be next May – because the players need to train somewhere during the season – so that’s one casualty of our very worrying second half of the season.

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This is what was put out in mid-November of 2013 on the new training grounds:

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-metre 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.

And when asked in the Fans Forum meeting on Monday night about the status of the training grounds this is how the club responded:

The club outlined that planning has been approved, tenders had been out and prices had been supplied. In order to proceed, contracts needed to be signed well in advance but because of the position the club found itself in towards the end of the season, the decision was taken not to commit at that time.

Along with the head coach, the club is now identifying the best time to start work and is mindful of disruptions mid-season.

It seems as through the plans could be put back as much as a year – which is a pity.

Comments welcome.

85 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 9, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #1

    I think discipline was also needed in the dressing room far too many players getting sent off and being unfit and not looking interested !

    Also Colo getting to go away on holiday when there is team building exercises needs to be cut out especially if he is not performing !!

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 9, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #2

    So translating that means they thought they were going down – so no committment to spend on the new facilities.

  • expatmag

    Jul 9, 2015 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #3


    Just read the minutes. All the key questions were basically ignored and glossed over with rhetoric.

  • optimistic prime

    Jul 9, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #4


    I did like the bit where Schteeve said he’d been asking players why fans thought they were shit and not commited .

    I’d have loved to have been a fly on the wall for some of those meetings.

  • Jib

    Jul 9, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #5

    For me this was the best quote of the forum , in response to a question about the state of club transfers.
    “I’m very chilled about it because I know what’s going on behind the scenes. Eventually, we’ll get there. I wouldn’t have come here if that hadn’t been the case. I know what we can do and what we intend to do. ¨

  • BandB

    Jul 9, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #6

    We did discover that jam tomorrow is still on the menu.
    We need to learn patience, is the “new” message.
    If we knew what McClaren knows about the plans for the next three windows, we’d be beside ourselves with excitement.
    That is, of course, exactly what Carver said about this so far name-free window.

  • Novocastrian66

    Jul 9, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #7

    Oh dear another done deal not actually done. Another example of this regime’s inability to put plans into action. To label them as amateur would be an insult to the work that amateur football club administrators do in what is basically their spare time.

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Jul 9, 2015 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #8

    Lee Charnless said nothing at the fourm?? what a piece of Shyt

  • Jib

    Jul 9, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #9

    Reading the minutes of the last few fans forums , the club comes across as anything but amateurish.
    Some of the Forum members read a bit on the thick side mind you .
    Being rude about the club because you are frustratingly , not one of those in the know , is quite understandable.

  • expatmag

    Jul 9, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #10


    Rather than jam, I am expecting a rather nifty little tarty chilean marmalade and a nice indonesian dough bread loaf.

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Jul 9, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #11

    indonesian dough bread loaf!!!!!! oh man, good stuff.

  • BandB

    Jul 9, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #12

    But we are in the know Jib.
    We KNOW it’s a self-serving disgrace.

  • expatmag

    Jul 9, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #13

    The FF is basically a load of nonsense anyway and is about as much use as TUFFs knowledge of the inner workings of the Tibetan cobalt mining industry.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 9, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Why was the decision taken not to commit? Why did the poor season affect the decision? Having previously announced that development would commence in May 2015 then I don’t see any reason to postpone. Surely this was a far more long term vision anyway, and should not be affected by short term thinking. Unless Ashley was planning on walking away had we gone down.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 9, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #15

    Jib@9. Do you know something we don’t? Was the shambles of last season part of a cunning plan??

  • expatmag

    Jul 9, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #16


    I would imagine it was shelved due to the potential substantial loss in future PL revenue which would have funded the works because the greedy git in charge isnt going to going to dip into his £4b fortune to improve the club.

  • Jib

    Jul 9, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #17

    The overrated Frenchman
    If you read some of the folk on here you’d have to say they think any mistakes by the club are personally aimed at them.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 9, 2015 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #18

    novo – – shame on you – you need to read all the blog pests posts to educate yourself about the club and wordly things in general.
    have conversations, exchange ideas- open your mind.
    Alright, alright I can’t write anymore of this rubbish – just tell him to PO.

    KK thought they were trying to improve and go forward and chase top players -that is until he realised they were not telling the truth.
    Only time and positive actions will erase this era of deception by Tubbs.
    What an irritant.

  • Jib

    Jul 9, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #19

    Hit the nail on the head as to motive.
    However for about 5 years the message has been that the club has to wipe it’s own nose nothing to do with Ashley being greedy.

  • davis_toons

    Jul 9, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #20

    Ashley Out!…?

    NO. He will need to help us to win something before leaving the club. You must have forgotten the interview he have done.

    Remember now? The “winning something” that he mention….

  • optimistic prime

    Jul 9, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #21

    The next 3 windows hmmmmm

    Is that now jan summer or now summer summer?

    I suppose a 3 year plan is a bit more ambitious than a 5yr plan.

  • davis_toons

    Jul 9, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #22

    Another 3 and 5 year plan…for the club to be slightly successful?

    ..WOW..will that make another 8 years?

  • davis_toons

    Jul 9, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #23

    Some fans might not live to see the club becoming successful.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 9, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #24

    From a few previous, who was willing us to get Riverie and Obertron over the line ???

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 9, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #25

    Jib, I think as a supporter, you do take things “personally” in a sense. I know I feel affronted by what I perceive as the deceit (or at least) indifference of Ashley towards supporters.

  • Jib

    Jul 9, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #26

    You were right
    The Aussie batsmen are knocking us all over the shop

  • optimistic prime

    Jul 9, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #27

    The training facilities stopped due to the finances, what a crock of shit!

    What’s the £38m in the bank for and the £18m in the club for. Not to mention the money they received this year.

    More like it was shelved as it was unecassary for the championship.

  • optimistic prime

    Jul 9, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #28

    The only thing it has to do with finance is the fat prick doesn’t want to spend a penny, observe the recent windows.

  • King Colback

    Jul 9, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #29

    We are 7/2 to sign Matt Phillips

    I’d sign him much better on the wing than what we have, still need to see if we can get Wijnaldum and Mitrovic over the line like….

  • optimistic prime

    Jul 9, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #30

    How long do people think it takes to ensure equipment materials and the workforce are in place to start such a project? How long to have specialised equipment made available?


    If there was any intention for the training ground to be done the contracts would have been signed months before May.

    Didn’t the board have faith in carver?

    When did it become apparent to the board there was a chance we’d go down?

    Ashley the pied piper is leading a few fans on a merry dance still, give your head a shake.

  • Jib

    Jul 9, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #31

    King Colback
    You can run but you cannot hide
    They will just shut you down again

  • Bri

    Jul 9, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #32

    Gotta bad feeling we will be relegation candidates next season because we won’t/can’t sign any player of note.
    A couple of second rate players brought in would have me fuming.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 9, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #33

    I’ve just finished a book about year zero in Cambodia by Francois Ponchaud. Angkar is the regimes faceless power who the peasants must obey, a bit like ‘The Club’ and ‘The Board’.

  • Novocastrian66

    Jul 9, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #34

    Jib: Fans forum meeting minutes mean absolutely nothing. It is a record of cheap talk and not evidence of action. It’s easy to talk about what one wants to do. The hard thing is executing the plans, which NUFC’s administrators seem to be incapable of doing.
    I do not see any area where the club is moving forward and improving. I do not pretend to be informed of the inner workings of the club,however I know progress when I see it and I’m not seeing any. If you’re more informed than me please feel free to educate me. I’m willing to learn.
    I don’t believe I’m being rude about the club’s administrators and I’m not frustrated because I’m not in the know. I’m frustrated because there isn’t any progress being made at any level in the club.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 9, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #35

    Is this FF an actual meeting or do they just answer questions that they feel like and then publish, who answers from ‘The Board’ or ‘The Club’

  • Tsunki

    Jul 9, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #36

    The ‘stunning’ will only commenced when the first JCB rolls onto the land. The real reason it’s all been delayed is that John ‘no Job Too Small’ Carver the man who put the Heat’n into Central Heating ha ha was no longer available to put the underfloor heating in and do the dry lining. Tenders are going out right now, or in other words, Charnleys secretary is thumbing through a 2007 Thomson Local for someone to replace him.

    ” ..and Mr Charnley wants to know if you can also plumb one of those American fridge Freezers in and also have you ever managed a Premiership football club?”

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 9, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #37

    Mclastarting to sound like pardew. “we are looking at the next 3 windows”.

    Meaning we’ll probably sign 1 or 2 players this window.

  • Tsunki

    Jul 9, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #38

    So, Fans Forum. Smoke and mirrors, Sleight of hand, or mild filibustering? Ed can we have a vote? 🙂

  • Ibizatoon

    Jul 9, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #39

    Hi all,

    Been a busy couple of days in Ibiza…summer is starting to take it’s toll. It’s only early July….uh oh.

    Just had a quick read through of the minutes, these, like all of the previous meets, just seems a total waste of time.

    The whole thing could just be done via email, monthly newsletter, etc.

    Maybe I missed it, but was anything asked about why the urgent meeting prior to the final game of the season didn’t get set and therefore go ahead?

    Would it have been met with the same “Let’s just look forward” answer?

    When the club wont communicate PROPERLY and address issues than fans genuinely have, how can they expect things to improve?

  • Tsunki

    Jul 9, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #40

    Ilovetoon to be fair he was actually talking about work on the new Training Complex. They’ve got some windows off ebay nice and cheap, there’s a guy in Benwell selling three and I think they’re off out this afternoon on the company scooter to have a look at them.


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