Newcastle United-linked Premier League captain makes St James’ Park admission

The Gallowgate faithful have been praised by one opposing skipper.

Wolverhampton Wanderers captain Conor Coady has named Newcastle United’s St James Park as his favourite away ground in the Premier League.

The England centre-back has been a regular in the Wolves side ever since he moved to Molineux from Liverpool in a £2million deal in 2015 - and has enjoyed a largely positive experience of his trips to Tyneside.

The St Helens-born defender helped Wolves claim a 2-1 win at St James Park in December 2018 and that was followed by successive 1-1 draws over the following two seasons.

However, Coady was unable to prevent his side falling to a 1-0 defeat in last season’s Tyneside meeting between the two sides as a Chris Wood penalty gave the three points to a resurgent Newcastle.

The Wolves skipper - who has been linked with a move to Newcastle in recent months - reflected on his experience of visits to St James Park, describing the atmosphere as ‘incredible’ and hailing the backing Magpies supporters give to their side.

He told Sky Sports: “My favourite one I enjoy playing at in the Premier League is probably Newcastle, St James Park.

“(It’s a) fantastic ground, I think the atmosphere created up there is incredible.

“I think the way they back the team and push the team as much as they can is brilliant.

“But for an opposing team, you are fighting against them as well as the team, which is something we relish and enjoy doing as a team.

“It’s tough because it’s such an intimidating place to go and play football.  Driving up to it, you see it from a mile away, St James Park, so you know where you are going and you know the atmosphere you’re going to get.”

Coady’s Wolves will host the Magpies on the final Sunday of August, with the return fixture on Tyneside currently scheduled for Saturday 11th March.