Some real work appears to be getting done at Newcastle for a nice change.
Following the good news that 17 year-old Shane Ferguson has signed a new 3 year deal at the club, Newcastle have announced they will travel to FC Utrecht in Holland on Sunday, July 26th – kick-off is 2.30 pm local time.
Utrecht finished 9th in the Dutch Eredivisie last term, and they play their home matches at the Stadion Galgenwaard, which has a decent capacity of more than 24,000.
FC Utrecht was founded on July 1, 1970, and it was a merger of three clubs from the city of Utrecht: DOS, Elinkwijk and Velox.
This game, which is the 6th arranged by the club, will complete the pre-season friendlies for our preparation for an assault on the Championship title next season – hopefully.
So the schedule for pre-season is a good one, and starts across the Irish Sea to face Dublin side Shamrock Rovers on July 11th before away matches at Football League clubs Darlington (July 18th) and Huddersfield Town (July 21st).
Them the Newcastle side travel to Utrecht, before a home friendly with Leeds United on July 29th. And last up for the Magpies is a trip to Scotland to play a good Dundee United side, in their Centenary Match on August 2nd.
We then start the Championship in earnest 6 days later, with a trip to WBA, and we’ll be hoping we can get a win in that first important game.