Newcastle United have sent a warning to West Ham fans ahead of the big clash at St James’ Park on Saturday night.
West Ham head to Newcastle desperate to build on back-to-back 2-0 wins in the league and FA Cup as they battle for survival.
And Newcastle are looking to maintain their push for a Champions League place.
The Magpies go into the Hammers match off the back of a memorable night in midweek when they saw off Southampton to make the final of the Carabao Cup.
The game came at a cost for Newcastle with the sending off of star man Bruno Guimaraes meaning he will be banned for the visit of West Ham.
Going to St James’ Park to face Newcastle is a totally different proposition nowadays despite West Ham’s recent good record on the road to the Magpies.
But given Guimaraes’ suspension and West Ham’s slightly improved form of late, Hammers fans will head north with cautious but renewed optimism.
The claret and blue army will be travelling in big numbers as always – just five days after taking 5,000 to Pride Park for a Monday night game that was on terrestrial television. Declan Rice hailed West Ham’s travelling fans after the game and manager Moyes described them as the ‘best ever’
But Newcastle have sent an important warning to West Ham fans ahead of the clash at St James’ Park.
Given this is West Ham’s longest away trip of the season, the hosts have sounded a warning to the Hammers faithful about travel.
Newcastle have communicated a message about travel via West Ham.
“Strongly recommend” Newcastle send warning to West Ham fans ahead of clash at St James’ Park
“With no unreserved car parking on matchdays and traffic restrictions galore, Newcastle United ‘strongly recommend’ that supporters use public transport to reach St James’ Park,” Newcastle warned West Ham fans via the Hammers’ official website.
“If you do opt to drive to the North East, the Magpies operate Park and Ride from two sites close to the A1 motorway – one at Newcastle Great Park (near Newcastle Racecourse) and the other at the Metrocentre in Gateshead.
“It’s probably more relaxing to let the train take the strain, with East Coast Mainline services from London Kings Cross stopping at Newcastle Central, just a signposted ten-minute walk from the stadium. Alternatively, you can take a taxi. Book your train tickets at lner.co.uk.
“If you prefer, you can take a coach, National Express will deliver you to Newcastle Coach Station on St James’ Boulevard, while Megabus operates from outside Newcastle Central railway station.”