Members

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

If you're not already a Newcastle United Member, now's the time to sign up if you want to guarantee tickets for next month's big match against Manchester United.

Last season, tickets for several games were only sold to Members and were sold out before they could go on general sale, and the visit of the Red Devils is likely to see the Sports Direct Arena full to capacity once again. Tickets go on sale to Members next Wednesday.

And not only do Members get priority access to all tickets, including those for away fixtures, but there are a host of other benefits - with even more introduced this year.

They include a 50 per cent discount on food and drink in the concourse for the first 30 minutes after the gates open on a matchday, as well as discounts on stadium tours, purchases in the official Club Store and food at Shearer's Bar.

Profits from the Membership scheme are invested back into the Academy to help develop the stars of the future and the Membership package also includes:

* An NUFC Member Impari Card - usually £30, giving access to ongoing discounts at hundreds of venues across the North-East. The card is valid until the end of August 2013, and offers include 20 per cent off food and drink at the Pitcher and Piano, 20 per cent off food at Scalini's in Gosforth and Jesmond, 10 per cent discount at City Retreat, buy one get one half price at Captain Ted's Children's Entertainment Centre and 20 per cent off in Newcastle Malmaison's Brasserie and Le Petit Spa.

* An NUFC Mobile SIM card - a pay as you go network exclusive to Newcastle United fans with rates up to 50 per cent cheaper than other UK networks. The SIM card offers texts from as little as 5p per message and calls from 5p per minute. Plus, if you top up £20 you will automatically receive £10 credit absolutely free. To find out more about NUFC Mobile, click here.

* An exclusive Member pin badge

* A personalised Newcastle United membership card

Membership costs just £25 per year. There will also be several new benefits introduced throughout the season, including exclusive Money Can't Buy Competitions.

To become a Member, click here or call the Box Office on 0844 372 1892 for further information and to buy.