Newcastle are going to need all the help they can get against Manchester City in the FA Cup.

The Magpies are competing in their first FA Cup quarter final since 2006, taking on the holders at St James’ Park.

Playing at home is certainly a boost, as it will allow the fans to create a special atmosphere and give the players a lift.

And the BBC have provided Newcastle with another possible boost.

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They have confirmed that the game will take place on Saturday 21st March, kicking off at 7pm.

I don’t know what it is, but the atmosphere for night games is always better. Maybe it’s floodlights, or perhaps just because fans have been on the drink before kick off…

Either way, the atmosphere will be key to us knocking out Manchester City.


Go back to last season. We played Liverpool on a Saturday night when they were gunning for the Premier League title, and the atmosphere was electric.

Had it not been for some questionable refereeing, we might not have lost that game.

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Newcastle have already proven this season they can match Manchester City. We came from behind twice to draw 2-2 back in November.

That was a special performance with two special goals.

This time, a place in the FA Cup semi-final is on the line, as well as a trip to Wembley.

It’s down to the fans to give the players the lift they need and make St James’ Park a cauldron of noise.

But then again, even that might not be enough to beat Manchester City…

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