Last season's open training session

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Newcastle United will open the doors of St. James' Park to fans free of charge this month as the club holds an open training session.

There will be fun and games, entertainment and music - and most importantly, the chance to see Alan Pardew's squad being put through their paces by the manager and his coaching team.

And for Magpies and Club Members there will also be a number of competitions, including the opportunity to take penalties against goalkeeper Tim Krul and compete in a special crossbar challenge with three Toon stars.

The event will take place at the Magpies' famous stadium on Friday, October 28. Turnstiles open at 9.30am and training is expected to run from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

The entire first-team squad will take part in the session, with manager Pardew and his coaching staff, John Carver, Steve Stone and Andy Woodman, all taking to the mic to talk supporters through some of the drills.

Simon Esland, the club's Head of Customer Operations, said: "In previous years when we have held open training sessions, thousands of supporters have come through the turnstiles, but we think this is our biggest and best yet.

"And with the team currently unbeaten and flying high in the Barclays Premier League, we hope more of them than ever will take advantage of the chance to see their heroes in training - and for a lucky few, to meet and even share a pitch with them.

"We know some of our loyal supporters can't come and watch the team every week, so this is a chance for people of all ages to come along to see the team in action for free."

Monty and Maggie, the club's popular Magpie mascots, will be in attendance and the Gallowgate Stand and the Gallowgate Stand West Corner will be open.

The Milburn Stand's Platinum Club will also be available - but limited to 1,500 Club Members on a first-come first-served basis, who will be provided with food and drink vouchers.

As well as the penalty shoot-out against Dutch international keeper Krul and the crossbar challenge, there will be a signing session at the ground for selected members.

And a handful of Club Members will also be chosen to attend the pre-match press conference on the afternoon, allowing them to go behind the scenes and see Pardew face the media.

The club's official website,, will be updated with announcements over the next few days about how to take part in these money-can't-buy, members-only competitions.

To find out more about becoming a Club Member, visit