Tykes vs the Toon! Barnsley – A Newcastle United aways supporters’ guide.

Posted on December 6th, 2009 | 12 Comments |

Barnsley: Famous for coal and bottle making.
Barnsley: Famous for coal and bottle making.
So, here we are with my next instalment of Newcastle United away fan’s guides. This features our game at Oakwell, Barnsley on Saturday 12th December and is scheduled for a 3pm kick off, which has been unusual for us away from home!

At around 115 miles from Newcastle, Barnsley is not a bad jolly away for the Toon. The journey is a pretty staight-forward one, coming straight down the A1 (like it is for all our away games), meeting up with M1 at Leeds and following that south down to J37 (A628); exit there and follow the signs into Barnsley. Pretty much as soon as you leave the motorway you will pick up signs for the ground but even if you miss these you will end up at the ground anyway, so long as you stay on this road. There is another way in off the A1(M) via Pontefract and picking up the A628. Frankly, sticking to the first option is quicker and cuts out the risk of getting stuck in traffic.

The train station is no more than 10 minutes walking from the ground so anyone who comes via a train will be fine.

Right, now your around the ground you’ll need to park. On your way to the ground, the chances are you will have seen at least a sign, if not the building itself, which is the Barnsley Metrodome, a big leisure centre type thing which you can try parking at, or on any nearby streets, just watch out for tow away zones! Failing that, pretty much next door to that is a big park called ‘Queen’s ground’ which is used as a dedicated away parking area. It costs £3 for a car but be warned, parking will be at a premium as Barnsley have upped our allocation to 6,000 seats!

Now your there, your parked. What else can you do? Well if you have the time, why not grab a drink and something to eat? The Metrodome has a bar inside which serves food aswell and there is also a Burger King near to the ground. Apart from that there isn’t much else around unless you head into the town centre. If your going to do that however, i’d recommend covering up your colours. Don’t get me wrong, i’ve always had friendly experiences in Barnsley but in my opinion it best not to get yourself in a situation which can invite trouble – besides, if you head into the town you’ll only have to deal with Christmas shoppers anyway! The bar inside the away end of the ground should be open as it looks like we are having the whole of the North Stand. Teams with a ‘normal’ 2,000 seat allocation dont have this option as when the stand is split home/away, the only bar is in the home section!

In the ground, the away stand is pretty modern having been re-developed around 10 years ago and, as I have said, this should be all toon fans. Obviously all the usual pies and sausage rolls will be on offer on the concourse. The average gate at Oakwell this season has been just under 12,000 but i’d expect it to be bigger as we are the current league leaders. Theoretically that means our 6,000 voices can make this a home game away from home which i’m sure we will do our very best to do!

Unfortunately, i’m going to be missing this game due to financial constraints but i’m really starting to wish I threw caution to the wind, stuck two fingers up at the bills and booked a ticket. Being at an away game is always brilliant, even if the result goes the wrong way. Having 6,000 fans at an away game just makes it that extra special. Roll on Sheffield Wednesday on boxing day, a game I will be going to and the subject of my next guide, and if you have any questions or comments then please feel free to leave them below.

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12 Responses

  1. great article yet again, really easy to get there been aes over the years, looking forward to a seat this time tho, but i bet we will all be standing! i would think with over 6000 tickets sold already it will be a huge day out and fingers crossed 3 more points!!

  2. Aye toonsy, another good one. You are sorely tested with the locations though. Let’s hope that in the future, you’ll be writing Champion’s League away guides for Monaco and Barcelona! ;-)

  3. I managed to get a ticket from the extra allocation but these were £2 per ticket more than the original allocation so I’m guessing they’ll be in another stand but as long as we get three points who cares.howay the lads

  4. Lets just hope it doesn’t go the other wayat some point and im not writing guides for Exeter, Yeovil, Brighton etc :D

  5. richietoon – Its possible that they are in a different stand although i cant see it. Its possible that they ramped the price by £2 due to extra demand – any old reason.

  6. Im really looking forward to this game, I`m hoping the result goes our way as every away game I have gone to over the past couple of seasons has been a draw or loss, I think a win would be great but, I may be happy with a draw if we beat the sky-blues on Wednesday.
    Many thanks for the guide though, forearmed is forewarned as they say (or is it the other way round?)

  7. giimmpss – “every away game I have gone to over the past couple of seasons has been a draw or loss”

    Please don’t go on Saturday, in fact dont go to any away games, ever! If you loved your team you’d make the sacrifice :D ;)

  8. nice guide – I won’t be able to make it but hopefully pancake can give us another spectacular goal – roll on wednesday where we should take 3 points from cov :)

  9. Unfortunately south yorkshire police have asked that no alcohol be served inside the ground (away end) as they are worried about trouble??? They are also intending to keep us locked in for a short while after the game as where the away fans exit has been a flashpoint for trouble before, must be caused by the home element if it is happening in the same place regularly. strangely the said police have also asked anyone wanting alcohol to stop and consume it before arriving in barnsley, hope they arent advocating drinking and driving lol.