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Newcastle United fans win bid to protect St James' Park

Newcastle United's ground St James' Park will be formally listed as an Asset of Community Value, after a successful application by a fan group.

The new status means fans have the right to bid for the ground if it were ever put up for sale Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

The title is seen as an opportunity for football fans to protect their grounds and make sure it remains a focal point of the community.

It also means the Newcastle United Supporters' Trust has the right to bid for the ground if it were ever put up for sale.

It follows high profile applications to protect grounds including Anfield and Old Trafford.