Miles away from home: It was Miller time for Newcastle

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There was only one question that American journalists wanted to ask Newcastle United’s players after the Club Atlas match, played at the home of the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team.

The friendly could be staged at the 41,900-seat Miller Park because of a break in the Major League Baseball calendar for the All-Star Game.

Most of the players took photos and selfies. After all, Miller Park is an impressive place.

Newcastle’s players were popular in the mixed zone, where a pack of local journalists were waiting to speak to them, mainly about playing at the iconic MLB ballpark.

It was kind of a big deal.


I had spent an extra day in Milwaukee before travelling to Sacramento for tomorrow’s game at Bonney Park.

The city, sat on Lake Michigan, has a lot going for it, especially on a beautiful day. The public market, Milwaukee Art Museum and lake are among the many attractions.

But let’s not forget Milwaukee, home of Miller beer, is known as Brew City.

Having filed my copy, it would have been rude not to take a brewery tour.

I visited the excellent Lakefront Brewery in downtown Milwaukee. The tour guide heard my accent and asked where in England I was from. I told him.

Apparently, a few others beat me to the brewery.

“We had a lot of Toons in yesterday,” was his reply.