That's not all entirely true now is it ; )?
Newcastle is part of the geographical county of Northumberland. It hasn't been part of the administrative county since 1400, when it was granted the status of 'Town and County of Newcastle upon Tyne'. In 1974 it became part of the Metropolitan County of Tyne & Wear, which was abolished for administrative purposes in 1986 but still exists for ceremonial purposes and for functions such as the fire service and the public transport administration.
Northumberland County Cricket ground is in Newcastle, as are the county lawn tennis grounds.
- Northumberland is a county, not a region. If you have a valid argument for using the incorrect term, please make it now.
- I beg your pardon?