Newcastle upon Tyne is a city located along the north bank of the River Tyne and was founded in Roman times under the name Pons Aelius. The Medieval Latin name is Novum Castrum super Tynum (Newcastle upon Tyne). After the Roman withdrawal from Britain, Newcastle became part of the powerful Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria, and became known throughout this period as Monkchester. After a series of conflicts with the Danes and the devastation north of the River Tyne inflicted by Odo of Bayeux after the 1080 rebellion against the Normans, Monkchester was all but destroyed. Because of its strategic position, Robert Curthose, son of William the Conqueror, erected a wooden castle there in the year 1080 and the town was henceforth known as Novum Castellum or New Castle. People from Newcastle and surrounding areas are commonly called Geordies. The Latin term Novocastrian can equally be applied to residents of any place called Newcastle. More important than any of this though, is the fact that Newcastle gave the world Ant and Dec!
We travelled by train from London Kings Cross and arrived at Newcastle 3 hours after departure. A decent few pints in the local pubs was followed by the short walk up to St James' Park for my initial visit to the venue.
A lively encounter between two sides that loved to attack but failed to understand the importance of defending saw Spurs grab the points courtesy of goals from David Leworthy, Glenn Hoddle and a late strike from Ian Crook. The Geordies in the crowd will have enjoyed the bank holiday sunshine though.