Toon Have Extra Fixture May 20th

27 March 2013 10:35
Wigan Cosmos - probably the most famous amateur team in England following the pitch invasion when hundreds of Newcastle United fans stole their ball - have been invited to play a game at St James's Park.

The Magpies made the gesture to Wigan Cosmos, of the South Lancashire Counties League, after supporters got off coaches and caused trouble before their game with Wigan Athletic on March 17.

The club was left around £200 out of pocket after nets were damaged by fans who had just got off coaches and were heading for the DW Stadium.

When Cosmos issued a statement about the trouble, fans of Newcastle United held a whip-round to cover the cost of the damage, and the club offered to pay for any losses.

Wigan Athletic also invited the amateurs for a trip round the DW Stadium and gave them a ball and £200.

Now Newcastle United have invited Cosmos to play a match at their 52,000-capacity St James’ Park stadium.

The Lancashire team will play a team made up of United’s admin staff on May 20.

A Cosmos official tweeted: “We never asked for this to happen, we only wanted to be reimbursed by the club.

“The fans have been magnificent, then NUFC made this kind offer, which we were honoured to accept.”

Source: Newcastle United Mad