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Newcastle United announce record profits of £18.7m

Newcastle United has announced record profits of £18.7m due to increases in television income and new sponsorship deals.

The club also saw revenues increase by 35% from £95.9m to £129.7m.

More than half the club's income (£78.3million) came from the new Premier League television rights deals.

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley Credit: PA

"Most significantly, the club reported strong commercial revenue growth delivering £25.6million in 2014, up from £17.1million in 2013. This 49.7 per cent increase was largely the result of two lucrative new deals with the club's principal sponsors, Wonga and Puma."

– Newcastle United

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Will this song inspire Wembley glory for North Shields?

North Shields Football Club are ninety minutes from Wembley.

They have a one goal advantage going into the second leg of their FA Vase Semi-Final against Swindon-based team Highworth.

North Shields are nicknamed 'the robins' and local band the Middens have recorded a version of the 1926 song "The Red, Red Robin" which the team has adopted as it's theme tune on the road to Wembley.

The band performed the song for us in the North Shields dressing room.

Watch them here:

Plan your journey for the Wear-Tyne derby

Newcastle's Fabricio Coloccini and Sunderland's Steven Fletcher during the last derby match at St. James' Park, December 21, 2014. Credit: PA

Northumbria Police has issued travel information ahead of the Wear-Tyne derby on Sunday, April 5th.

There are a number of ways that supporters can get to the game, however officers are advising fans to plan their journeys in advance and give themselves extra time.

Newcastle United are running supporters' coaches from St James' Park direct to the Stadium of Light.

Northern Rail will be providing a direct train service specifically for supporters, from Newcastle Central Station to St Peter's. This will leave at 3:02pm. The return service from Sunderland will leave at 6:42pm.

There will be direct Metro services for Newcastle supporters on match day. These services will only stop at Central Station and St Peter's stations and are for Newcastle supporters only. They will leave at 2:39pm and 2:46pm. For the return journey - there are two Metros running direct from St Peter's station to Central Station. These will be at 6.27pm and 6.35pm.

People can also drive to the game, however roads will be busy and there are a number of ongoing roadworks between Sunderland and Newcastle, so police are advising people to leave extra time and plan journeys in advance.

Roads closed on derby day will be - Sheepfolds North and Sheepfolds Road – near to the St Peter’s Metro station and there will be limited parking in Sunderland on the day.

Acting on feedback from supporters we changed the policing plan for December's game in Newcastle, which gave travelling supporters more options about how to travel to the match. There are a range of options for fans to get to the game and the best advice would be to plan ahead and give yourself extra time as it will be a busy Sunday. The coaches are the quickest way to get to and from the game. There are direct metro and train services on the day, but these will be busy. Fans told us that direct trains from Newcastle to Sunderland were something they would like to retain, so this will be available for the coming derby, and in addition the same options and opportunities afforded to Sunderland fans in December will be available for Newcastle fans travelling to Sunderland this time round. Northumbria and British Transport Police officers will be based at Central Station and will not be allowing people who are drunk or are causing trouble to get onto the trains. We would also remind fans that it is an offence to attempt to enter the stadium whilst being under the influence of alcohol."

– Chief Superintendent Steve Neill, Northumbria Police
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