Thousands of Newcastle United fans fighting their club over new seating arrangements hope a mix of legal expenses insurance and former manager Kevin Keegan will see them triumph.

Members of the Save Our Seats campaign have successfully raised £37,000 - the price of the premium quoted by intermediary Greystoke - to mount a legal challenge against the club using its Law Assist legal expenses policy.

Kevin Keegan has reportedly agreed to give evidence on behalf of the Toon Army. Up to 4,000 fans' are aggrieved at being told to give up their seating rights in the best parts of St James' Park in favour of corporate clients. Some of the fans are bond holders who each subscribed £500. They will instead be offered seats elsewhere in the ground.

Should the fans lose the case, which is scheduled to be heard at the end of this month, the after-the-event legal policy will help meet Newcastle United's £100,000 expected legal costs. But if they win, they can claim their costs from the club, said Brian Dunk, at Greystoke.