St. James' Park Gates Unveiled
24 August 2013, 06:00
The stadium's gates which have been absent for 14 years have now returned.
The gates which were first put up at St. James’ Park in 1988 until the expansion of the Milburn and Leazes stands have been reinstalled to symbolise the strong relationship between Newcastle United and its supporters.
The wrought iron gates have been in storage at former club owner Sir John Hall's farmland home in Northumberland, but have been refurbished and erected as a monument outside the Milburn Stand on Barrack Road following a donation by Wonga.
The gates will be unveiled by the respective groups named above and supporter Finley McGhie – an 8 year-old competition winner from the Junior Magpies young supporters club.
Steve Wraith, editor of the Newcastle United The Number 9 Fanzine, told Capital:
"Our fan group, NUFC Fans United, has managed to link up with the Magpies group and work with Sir John Hall and the club and ultimately realise our ambition of getting these gates back to St James' Park.
It's gonna be great to see them up. It's gonna be quite a sight to behold at St James' Park on that first game of the season when they're back in their rightful place.
They're a significant part of the club's history and we want them to be used as a memorial and part of the ground for people to come and visit and have their photographs taken."