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Gateshead v Newcastle Utd: How to get your tickets

Gateshead FC will play Newcastle United at Gateshead International Stadium on Friday 10th July, kick-off 8pm.

Tickets have now gone on sale.

United supporters have been allocated the North, South and East stands for the fixture at the International Stadium and with demand anticipated to be high, tickets for these stands only have been transferred to the Newcastle United box office, where they are on general sale.

Tickets are priced at £15 for adults, £10 for over-60s, £8 for students and ages 16-17 and £3 for under-15s.

Supporters are asked to note that the match will be ticket-only with allocated seating and that under-15's must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets will be available in person at the St. James’ Park box off, by calling 0844 372 1892* or online via www.nufc.co.uk/tickets.

St. James’ Park box office opening hours:

• Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm

• Saturday, 9am – 4pm (in person and online only)

Requests for wheelchair and carer tickets should be made via Gateshead Council on 0191 433 5704. There is limited space available on a first come, first served basis.

Gateshead supporters will be seated in the Tyne and Wear stand and tickets for this area will be available from the International Stadium only at the following times

• Wednesday 1st July, 4pm – 8pm

• Thursday 2nd July, 4pm – 8pm

• Friday 3rd July, 4pm – 8pm

• Saturday 4th July, 2:30pm – 5pm

As this is an all-ticket fixture, Gateshead season ticket holders must collect both season and match tickets at the same time. Admission to the match by season ticket only will not be permitted. FLEX 15 tickets do not qualify for free entry to this fixture.

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Gareth Southgate's men crashed out of the group stage of a major competition for the third time in a row, leading to much soul searching in how England approach international tournaments.

Shearer, who scored 13 times in 11 Under-21 appearances before going onto forge a successful senior international career, believes the country are being held back by youngsters not being able to develop naturally as a result of scrutiny placed on any player in the top flight.

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Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley. Credit: PA

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