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World-Class Training Facilities On Their Way – But Perhaps Not At Benton



Chris Waugh and George Caulkin have another outstanding article today in The Atheltic.

And they have been talking to one of Amanda Staveley’s close advisors who tell them that the new consortium will start right at the beginning and plan how to make Newcastle United into a world-class football club.

It was back in 2013 that we were promised a world-class training ground, but nothing has happened since then.

When Rafa came in, he ordered a few changes, a fresh coat of paint on the walls to try to brighten up the Benton Training Grounds.

He also ordered new fourth-generation (4G) turf on the indoor training facilities and replaced the old fashioned 3G turf that was in place.

And that seemed to immediately cut down on all the hamstring injuries we used to get.

But injuries were creeping back in this season under Steve Bruce: we don’t know.

The Benton Training Grounds today

But once the Premier League OK the takeover (next week perhaps?), the new consortium will leap into action so to speak to get things going – at least in the planning stages.

It could be difficult because of the lockdown, but they will look into exactly what’s needed at Newcastle from top to bottom and move quickly in several areas,

One area due for improvement, of course, is the former squash courts, which are now Newcastle’s training grounds at Benton, and they are just not good enough.

A close advisor to Amanda Staveley has told The Athletic some exciting things today:

“It’s literally going to be day one when we get there,” “We’ll be starting from scratch. There’s a lot we don’t know. What would we need?”

“Can we do it all in Benton or do we need to move? Where could we build an alternative training ground? Who would design it? Do you have the first team and academy at two sites or together?”

“We know there are certain things you just can’t do on site properly, from rehabbing injuries, preparation work and recovery, because they’re using a local gym for its pool,” 

“We’d want it to be bigger and better, with a world-class gym, bigger changing rooms, space for an expanded medical department and masseurs and scope for better match recovery.”

“We’d want a purpose-built video room. The canteen is quite small.”

“Basically, you want to encourage players to stay there longer, because then you know they’re eating properly, doing the right things, being looked after, spending time with each other.”

“That’s part of the formula for a successful team.”

Note that this will all take time.

But they will at least come up with plans reasonably quickly on what it will take so that Newcastle can become one of the best football clubs in the world.

I’ll say that again – so that Newcastle can become one of the best football clubs in the world.

Something we have dreamed about since Sir Bobby Robson was fired 16 long years ago.

It looks like it’s all going to happen.

We hope it’s all going to happen.

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43 comments so far

  • DubaiMicky

    May 9, 2020 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #1

    bettyswallocks (previous), that’s how the current place is (the b/w pic I posted).

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 9, 2020 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #2

    Bloody hell, I’ll spare…..

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  • geordietom

    May 9, 2020 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #3

    anyone know who owns the training ground ?…

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  • DubaiMicky

    May 9, 2020 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #4

    geordietom 120 lease from the council (it’s in the novel I posted previously)

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  • the crown princes nashers

    May 9, 2020 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #5

    like I said the other day about a new stadium well the training groud would be next door, yeah I know no one wants to move but depending on our outlay for new players ect ect we may have to dont think 75,000 seater staduim at st james would be enough I reckon they could go to at least 120,000 stadium as well as a major training ground next door but its finding the land isnt it, town moor would be ideal

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  • DubaiMicky

    May 9, 2020 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #6

    120 year lease.

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  • hibbit

    May 9, 2020 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #7

    plenty room at Gosforth Park for a new training complex and Reuben Brothers already own it,

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  • Bedford Mag

    May 9, 2020 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #8

    Moonraker (from previous)

    You’re right, I’ve lived away from Tyneside for over 20 years and I miss it more and more all the time. Really upsets me when I hear people slagging off the city of Newcastle, especially having only visited a few times.

    A lot of narrow minded folk down south unfortunately

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  • the crown princes nashers

    May 9, 2020 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #9

    true hibbit

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  • IrishRob

    May 9, 2020 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #10

    Mark 120k stadium lol wtf, you’re very very ambitious.

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  • the crown princes nashers

    May 9, 2020 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #11

    yeah I know its out of the city but with an all round complex it would be massive from the staduim to the training ground, academy, gyms, pubs, clubs, golf courses, hotels, casinos, cafes, rest,the list is endless what they could build, look at the buildings in saudi there state of the arts there massive they could do all that here and put our city on the world map tourism would go through the roof all money coming into the city unlimited number of people employed ……….. alreet am getting carried away 🙂

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  • the crown princes nashers

    May 9, 2020 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #12

    IrishRob

    and why not the skys the limit but maybe a bit of daydreaming 🙂

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  • Jib

    May 9, 2020 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #13

    Buy Bullocksteads off of the Uni
    Already a decent training complex which could be easily upgraded
    close to the Airport and Darras where most of the players end up living

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  • geordietom

    May 9, 2020 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #14

    Micky …

    only reason i ask is IF we owned it Ashley( knowing him ) might/would of asked for it to be put into the terms of the sale that he kept it , decent sized plot of land for development , with him being a greedy twat …

    so anyway you answered my question at least he cant get his grubby mitts on it …

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  • Hal

    May 9, 2020 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #15

    Hear you there Bedford, I’ve been in Norwich for 10 years now, and really miss Tyneside. I lived up on the Gateshead side near the QE hospital.. and loved walking down the bank, looking over towards the Toon and there in all its glory was St. James Park.. Even from back up on the top of that hill you can see the cathedral.. miss that view..

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  • Jib

    May 9, 2020 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #16

    Whoops the Uni sold it to the Cooncil in 2017

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  • bettyswallocks

    May 9, 2020 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #17

    Micky……. Yeah I understand that but we need some idea how it will look when finished. Are they going to be using a proper interior designer etc for the decor?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 9, 2020 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #18

    Man City apparently worth £1B. But who would actually pay that for it?

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  • the crown princes nashers

    May 9, 2020 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #19

    the thing is with the saudis they dont do half measures, they go all out, I wouldnt be suprised if we have a staduim the size of spuds stadium but better 🙂 my brother went to saudi on the way back from aussie couple of years ago and he was amazed by the designs of the buildings he stood there for over an hour just admiring the views no reason why they cant do that here 🙂

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  • geordietom

    May 9, 2020 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #20

    So IF they build a new ground i hope the call it ST JAMES PARK mark two . wouldn’t want to lose the name …

    but they will more than likely call it the Aramco Stadium …

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  • the crown princes nashers

    May 9, 2020 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #21

    Jail for Ashley

    the thing with man city which amazes me is how they dont fill there stadium every home game or european, st james would be rocking with a team like that

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  • the crown princes nashers

    May 9, 2020 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #22

    aye would have to be st james park really but man city changed theres from main road to what ever its called now 🙂

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  • geordietom

    May 9, 2020 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #23

    didn’t know there’s quite a few of us dont live up north now , been here 25 years i’d move back but i’ve got 7 grandkids would miss them like hell …

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  • hibbit

    May 9, 2020 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #24

    Bullocksteads that’s another good shout from jib,
    finding land for a new training complex will not be a problem to these people, but st james is a whole different ball game, i don’t want to leave the city center,

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  • the crown princes nashers

    May 9, 2020 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #25

    aye it would be a very hard thing to do tom on moving home but your a geordie so your ok where you are 🙂

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  • WLtoon

    May 9, 2020 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #26

    Im surprised nobody mentioned Alan Kennedy regarding full backs that played for the Toon. Apart from Beresford,, Kennedy would of been in my list.

    All this talk of new players, new training complex and new stadium etc is all fine and dandy, and if we are half as successful as Citeh ile be jumping over rooftops, but without sounding as though i,m being negative, i think we should,nt get ahead of ourselves just yet, we STILL are,nt sold are we. Or are we ?

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  • the crown princes nashers

    May 9, 2020 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #27

    yes hibbit know where your coming from dont think any of the fans would want to move, only problem is here is this how big do we want to be and how big do they want us to be

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  • the crown princes nashers

    May 9, 2020 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #28

    WL

    kennedy was a class act remember him well, bombing up the wing had a hell of a shot on him as well

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  • hibbit

    May 9, 2020 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #29

    The Aramco Arena has a nice ring to it ???????????

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  • The Prince's Mate

    May 9, 2020 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #30

    Dubai, good read on prev post cheers

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  • hibbit

    May 9, 2020 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #31

    80,000 with a closing roof in lease park would be nice,

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  • The Prince's Mate

    May 9, 2020 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #32

    The ST JAMES SAUDI ARENA anyone?

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  • The Prince's Mate

    May 9, 2020 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #33

    WLTOON, aye we are sold because The Star says so

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  • geordietom

    May 9, 2020 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #34

    TPM …

    put the link on please mate …

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  • WLtoon

    May 9, 2020 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #35

    Nashers

    i remember him well mate, went onto play for Liverpool and win things.. He still stands out for me , even now.

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  • IrishRob

    May 9, 2020 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #36

    Mark could you imagine the roar from 120k toon fans though, omfgggggg.

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  • geordietom

    May 9, 2020 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #37

    TPM …

    dont matter i found it but that was dated 2 days ago …

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  • JDdubai

    May 9, 2020 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #38

    Prince’s mate

    the naming of the ground needs to bring revenue from a company so Saudi Stadium wont do it – needs to be aramco, Saudia or something like that – with st James’ in there if desired.

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  • geordietom

    May 9, 2020 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #39

    bus moved …

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  • WLtoon

    May 9, 2020 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #40

    Unless there are absolutely no alternatives left, i would prefer to stay at St James,s. Our location is what makes us unique and why we were voted the best away day venue by other PL fans.
    Having a new stadium at the racecourse site would be a bit of a chew to get to compared to the Cathedral on the Hill.
    Im sure the Reubens could find a way to develop the stadium up to a capacity of 60k, which is equal to Arsenals new gaff.

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