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Extra train announced for Newcastle fans

Credit: Virgin

Virgin Trainshave annouced they will run an extra late night service back to the North East to help Newcastle United fans get home from the club’s opening game of the season.

The football club’s first match in the Championship will kick off at Fulham’s Craven Cottage ground at 7.45pm on Friday 5 August.

With Virgin Trains’ last scheduled service from London due to depart at 10pm, the train operator will now run an additional service which will depart King’s Cross at 11.17pm.

The train will call at:

  • York at 1.31am
  • Darlington at 2.09am
  • Durham at 2.27am
  • Newcastle at 2.57am.

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Newcastle United sign Isaac Hayden

Newcastle United have completed the signing of Arsenal defender Isaac Hayden. The 21-year-old has agreed a five-year deal at St. James' Park and has joined up with Magpies' on their training camp in Ireland.

"Newcastle is a massive football club and to be given the opportunity to come here and progress my career is fantastic," said Hayden.

"Being at Arsenal was a great experience, I learnt a lot there and have a lot to thank them for, but I needed to move on and so when Newcastle came in for me I jumped at the chance.

"I am still young but I want to get as many games under my belt as I can and help the team bounce back to the Premier League."

– Isaac Hayden

"We continue with our plan to bring in players who are hungry to succeed and prove themselves, which Isaac really is.

"He is also a player who can play in different positions, which is very useful. "Isaac is a young, strong English player with fantastic potential but also with some experience already of the Championship. We welcome him to the Club."

– Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez
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