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United And Gateshead Agree Fan Partnership

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United have agreed a partnership with Gateshead to make football affordable for fans across Tyneside

Newcastle United have cemented their close relationship with neighbours Gateshead Football Club after agreeing a partnership which will make football even more affordable for fans across Tyneside.

The clubs have teamed up to offer all Newcastle United season ticket holders discounted entry to every one of the Heed's home Football Conference Premier League fixtures during the 2013/14 season, with an adult and junior able to see 90 minutes of action for just £11 combined per match.

On presenting a valid Newcastle United season ticket, Toon fans will be able to benefit from entry priced at just £9 for adults - a saving of £5 - while under-16s can already gain access for only £2 when accompanied by an adult.

As part of the Conference Premier, the fifth tier of English football, Gateshead will be looking to mount a serious promotion push during the 2013/14 campaign but will face the challenge of a number of notable ex-Football League sides.

Luton Town, Hereford United, Wrexham and Cambridge United will all be travelling to Gateshead International Stadium this season, with the prize of a return to the Football League promising some entertaining clashes.

John Irving, financial director at Newcastle United, said: "We are delighted to offer our support to Gateshead. As well as being our closest neighbours, the clubs share a lot in common, particularly fans who would love to see both Tyneside clubs succeed.

"Our partnership will give fans and their families even more affordable access to a high standard of football close to home so we hope as many people as possible can make it along to watch both clubs throughout next season any beyond."

In addition to their close proximity, the clubs have a number of other close links, with current Newcastle assistant manager John Carver making in excess of 100 league appearances for Gateshead as a player, and a number of current Magpies players, including Paul Dummett and James Tavernier, enjoying loan spells for the Conference club.

And with Gateshead playing their home games just three miles from St. James' Park on the opposite side of the River Tyne, the Heed are now encouraging Toon fans to get behind their other local side and swell the numbers at the Conference Premier's largest stadium.

Gateshead vice-chairman, Brian Waites - the scheme's originator - said: "The cooperation and relationship between the clubs has flourished in recent years with the realisation that there are mutual benefits to be gained from working together.

"Both clubs are committed to playing an important role in the community and this initiative is one more step in creating a sense of togetherness among people of Tyneside. As a lifelong fan of both clubs I am delighted to see this initiative get underway."

Season tickets remain available at St. James' Park by calling 0844 372 1892, calling into the Box Office at St. James' Park or visiting www.nufc.co.uk/tickets.

For more information about Gateshead FC, including fixtures, tickets and visiting Gateshead International Stadium, please visit www.gateshead-fc.com.