NEWS: Durham To Host Newcastle United In Friendly

Durham Women will finish their pre-season campaign against Newcastle United on Sunday, August 22 (12pm kick-off).

The friendly will act as the Wildcats’ final warm-up game ahead of the 2021/22 season and will also be the first time that supporters will enter the club’s home ground at Maiden Castle – as they watch the side for the first time since February 2020.

The game will be the first time that two sides have played publicly and will give Durham fans a first in-person look at the side following a successful 2020/21 campaign, in which the club finished second in the competitive FA Women’s Championship.

Lee Sanders’ side have already undergone a gruelling pre-season schedule including a number of competitive friendlies, and will now complete their preparations with what is sure to be a fascinating North East derby.


Due to this being the first test event held at the ground, tickets for the game will be limited in number and so supporters are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance HERE.

Please note that Sister Club and RTC discounts will not be applied for this fixture.

Tickets are priced at the following rates:

  • Adults – £7
  • Students – £5
  • Children (U16) – £3

A small number of tickets will be available on the day of the game but these will be allocated on a first come, first served basis following the turnstiles opening at 11am. Cash, card and contactless payments will be accepted.

We do, however, strongly advise supporters to purchase in advance to avoid disappointment.

All tickets sold are unreserved and seating will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


Due to circumstances beyond our control, seating will be limited for this fixture, but will be at full capacity for the FA Women’s Championship fixture against Watford on August 29.

Please bare with us if there are any teething problems during what is our first game at a new ground.

Please note that a number of seats will be reserved for club officials, press and Premium Season Ticket Holders.


For Season Ticket holders, this game will be included as part of their package and so there is no need to purchase an additional ticket.

Season Ticket cards will also be able to collect from the turnstile on the day of the game – please bring your confirmation email to collect yours. 

Any uncollected Season Ticket cards will be available to collect ahead of our FA Women’s Championship game with Watford on Sunday, August 29.

For player sponsors who are entitled to Season Tickets as part of their package, your cards have been posted this week. Should they not arrive prior to the Newcastle United fixture, simply say your business or individual name on the turnstile to gain admission.


Any media, journalists or photographers wishing to cover the fixture must email no later than 5pm on Wednesday, August 18.

Successful applicants for a media pass will then be informed on Thursday, August 19.


Car parking will be available in the main sports centre car park at Maiden Castle.

To find the ground, please use the SatNav postcode DH1 3SE.

Please note that the current closure of Elvet Bridge may extend journey times, so please factor this in when travelling to the ground.

The  ground is also accessible by public transport, with the following buses all stoping outside Maiden Castle:

  • 56
  • 57
  • 57A
  • 57X
  • X12
  • 58
  • 59 IndiGo

The stop nearest to the ground is called ‘Houghall College’.


Food and drink will be available courtesy of Fat Frank’s Food Truck – which will be offering a range of hot and cold drinks and food.

The truck will be situated to your left as you enter the turnstiles.


Durham Women FC v Newcastle United

Sunday August 22

12pm kick-off

Turnstiles open at 11am

Maiden Castle, DH1 3SE

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