Stadium Tours 2016/17
The Trust is once again offering free tours around St James’ Park this season for anyone who’d like to know a little more about the history of their club. Tours are open to all; you don’t have to be a Trust member to come along (see below for our Tales from the Tours, which we’ll update throughout the season).
We have places available on all our tours including the forthcoming home games [updated 25/03/17]
- Saturday 8 April v. Newport County
- Friday 14 April v. Barnet
- Saturday 22 April v. Morecambe
- Saturday 6 May v. Carlisle United (this tour has limited places available. Tour start time 13.45 due to KO being 17.30)
To book your place on any match day Saturday tour this season, please contact Club Reception by phoning 01392 411243 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org stating your name, how many places you would like to book and with your contact details (email and mobile number if possible). It would be really helpful to us if you could book 48 hours ahead of the tour as it helps us to manage numbers and the number of guides we need.
Available before afternoon home matches, tours start at 11.00am from Red Square and take in many parts of the ground that you wouldn’t otherwise get to see, including the Boardroom, players’ changing rooms, match officials’ facilities and the security hub. During the tour, your guide will tell you about some of the history of the club and stadium, and answer your questions. Lasting around 90 minutes, you will almost certainly learn something you didn’t know before, and maybe you’ll be able to tell us something from your experiences of coming to City that we didn’t know!
Tales from the Tours
Friends of the National Trust
Tour guides Andy and Dave took 17 members of the Friends of the National Trust around SJP on Tuesday 28 February 2017, with Will Barrett (University of Exeter and Grecian Archive) coming along with an exhibition of hands on memorabilia. The Friends gave a £50 donation to the Trust and have just written to the Trust saying the tour was “fabuloso”! They plan to send another group on the tour shortly.
King Edward School, Bath
The Trust was delighted to take 37 people (33 pupils and 4 staff) on a tour of SJP on 18 October 2016. The tours took in all areas of the Park and ended a display of memorabilia by Will Barrett (University of Exeter and the Grecian Archive). Everyone enjoyed their lunch in the St James Centre followed by a trip to the club shop. It was a great afternoon and we hope to see the school again next year.
You can read our round up of the 2015/16 season by clicking the link
Update following the Newport County tour (20/02/16)
On Saturday there were 3 groups of fans who made the effort to get along for an extra early 10 a.m. start. A group of friends from North Devon with their lads, one of whom is playing with the Southampton Development squad. Then we had a young man Harry, who is just starting to do some regular volunteering at the Club and he came with his father and brother. Finally there were brothers Ryan and Scott, and Ryan’s wife had bought them tickets for the game as her Valentine’s present!
The group, as usual, got on really well and enjoyed looking around the changing rooms, the treatment room, the security centre, the dugouts, and other aspects of our historic 1926 wooden grandstand before heading back to the Main Grandstand and the trophy cabinet. Due to the early kick off, the Boardroom was already busy by the time we got there and we thought we would have to give it a miss. But matchday volunteer Nigel Parker invited us in, and we were really warmly welcomed by Steve Perryman and Laurence Overend. Earlier Paul Tisdale had gone out of his way to come over and say hello and pose for photos although these kind of chance encounters can’t be guaranteed – each tour is different!
First Tour of the 2015/16 Season
Our first tour of this season saw 16 people taken around St James Park. Included in this number were the Rigby family from the Wirral. On holiday in East Devon, they like to visit local football grounds so they contacted the Club and were invited to take part in our tour. It was a great pleasure to take a family of Tranmere fans around! We also welcomed Tony and his son who was attending his first ever football match that afternoon. What a great way to start! We received feedback from Paul Rigby, shortly after the tour, which said: “The lady and gentleman that showed us around were brilliant with all their knowledge of the club. They made it really interesting and Daniel loved meeting the referee and having a go at pressing the get ready bell for the players! I was privileged to have sat in the same place as David Beckham in the away changing rooms.”
Skola English Exeter Tour
Eighteen students from across the world visited SJP on 4 August 2015. Volunteer guides Andy Bratt and Ray Silcox took the students, who are studying at Skola English School in Exeter, for a tour of the ground. They were a very knowledgeable group and we would like to thank Skola English for their very generous donation to the Trust.
Belgian Grecians on Tour
Our volunteer tour guide Bernadette says the tour in April 2014 with a group of Belgian Grecians is one of the most memorable she has done. They were City fans through sheer fate in the throw of a dart, but no less dedicated for it, as could be evidenced by their trip to the Park. You can read more about it here.