Newcastle To Return To Dublin For Pre-Season Training Camp


Scott Wilson in the Northern Echo is reporting today that Newcastle will return to Carlton House, near Dublin for pre-season training, much like they did last year.

Chris Hughton – off to Dublin again

There’s no official news from the Newcastle club on this yet, but it wouldn’t surprise us at all, if this happened.

Lots of players have said the training camp there last July helped forge the team spirit that saw Newcastle do so brilliantly last season in amassing an amazing 102 points and 30 wins, to easily win the Championship title.

As previously reported,  Newcastle will start their preparations for next season’s Premier League re-entry with pre-season games at Carlisle United and Norwich City.

The  squad will return from their summer break to begin pre-season training on Thursday, July 8th – and that’s just 3 days before England should be in the final of the World Cup. 😀

But it’s good to get back just for a couple of days to get into the swing of things,  before having the weekend off, and possibly watching Jonas Gutierrez and Fabricio Coloccini play in the World Cup final for Argentina.

The squad will then do what they did last summer, under such difficult circumstances , and will travel to Carton House, near Dublin, to spend a week at their intensive training camp. The mood should be a lot better this time around.

The first pre-season game will be at Brunton Park, Carlisle on Saturday, July 17th (KO 3:00 pm), and the team will then travel to Norwich City at Carrow Road a week later on Saturday, July 24th (KO 3:00 pm).

Hughton talked about the Norwich City game:

“Like us, Norwich have enjoyed a tremendous season and we’ll both be looking forward to the new campaign with much relish and anticipation.”

I’m sure it’ll be a good game of football and a terrific preseason work out for both sets of players.”

There will be more pre-season fixtures to be announced, and sources in Scotland are saying that Newcastle are negotiating a game at Ibrox Park with Glasgow Rangers, and that would be a very good pre-season fixture.

Comments welcome.



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20 comments so far

  • henok

    May 7, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #1

    I say call the whole squad early ..they owe us that half of the squad got us relegated …but I know chris he will sign players at the last dy of transfer market

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  • Joseph

    May 7, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #2

    Come on down and play cork please

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  • StuW

    May 7, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #3

    @ henok
    CH has said numerous times he wants to get his players in early, so they can gell and fit into the team ASAP. Obviously, there will be some transfers that will drag on, or take a while to conclude.

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  • jimiley

    May 7, 2010 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #4

    Good to see Chris does not expect many players coming in during the close season. We should put our faith in the current squad who have done really well this year. bringing in expensive imports might undermine team moral. This team is much better than the relegated team of superstars like Micheal Owen, Martins, Duff, Given, Nzogbia and Millner and I fully expect it to finish mid table. We don’t need to buy anybody in fact to finish mid table. Leave well alone. A few youngsters to develop the squad is more than enough, Can’t wait for the new season. CH and MA together are working wonders at this club.

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  • Newutd

    May 7, 2010 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #5

    The current strikeforce isn’t near good enough quality for PL. Carroll is talented and have had his first good season, Løven has had a good season – but remember how shite he was in the PL. Ameobi and Best are Championship players. What if Enrique gets injured? Simpson isn’t good enough to be our first choice.

    To put all our faith in the current squad is just stupidity really.

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  • DJM TOON

    May 7, 2010 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #6

    its quite possible jimiley, that CH is saying that to not get our hopes up… which toon fans always do! lets just let the close season play itself out.. look at last jan.. we expected nothing and got some great additions… williamson and routledge

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  • Fostino

    May 7, 2010 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #7

    best has been disappointing

    hopefully vuckic, kadar, either krul or foroster, ranger will break through

    wise to let butt and pancreat though

    jury is out on whether simpson, ameobi can cut it in league, ameobi confidence player which dosnt help when he’s always injured and simpson dosnt offer enough offensively

    need another striker with a bit of pace, shame we didn’t get moses, he would have been perfect, havent seen enough of beckford

    a centre pairing of guthrie and barton is promising, these guys aren’t wingers

    smith and nolan may be pushing on but their leaders that will play a big roll

    back up left back is needed, van annalt of chelsea would be perfect

    id actual like to see beye back, he was a great right back

    hopefully colo has adaptd to the english game, lacks pace, but great awareness & positional sense

    some positives…nice team with good core of geordie blood, harper, taylor, carroll and many other engish lads

    i reckon hughton will play the same formattions next year as did this year, that is an attackin 4-4-2 at home utilsing the wingers and 4-5-1 for away fixtures with nolan off the front man and smith in front of the defence

    would be nice to see a back up l.b., a rightback, young winger and striker, im hoping vuckic will fill the creative midfield problem, beye, van aanholt and becford/moses

    beckford is out of contract so worth a shout

    also nice to see all the big earers are gone, bar colo, nolan and smith, barton…but thse guys are commited and are leaders that every team needs

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  • P.I.

    May 7, 2010 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #8

    I think it’s a great idea to take the lads to the same place as they apparently ‘forged their togetherness’ last year.
    And starting early in terms of training may give us a slight advantage come kick off in the new season, not just in terms of that extra 5% fitness but also the understanding and ‘gelling’ of any potential new players or different formations.

    I would like to see Barton have a good run in the team next season, obviously that depends on him staying fit but from what I remember of him at Manchester City he was one of the most exciting English midfielders in the league, so lets hope he can regain that kind of performance level. He’s a box -to – box player for me, best when picking passes going forward and following the play onto the edge of the box, a little bit like Lampard for example. He may be best suited playing alongside Smith, or if Guthrie can be disciplined enough to play as a defensive midfielder. I think Nolan would be too similar in style if played away from home, unless ofcourse he plays off the front man in a kind of 4-4-1-1 formation.

    I know it will be a very tough ask and against the norm as far as Newcastle have been concerned in recent years but i would love to see any signings made fairly early in the window. Getting them on-board and into the team spirit would be essential for me, and the training camp idea would be a perfect way for the new lads to break the ice, so-to-speak.

    Bring on the new season, lets not be so negative if signings dont come the way we hoped, and lets support what we have at this moment in time.
    I honestly believe we can finish out of the drop zone with what we have got in place right now, and that’s enough for me, and should be enough for any sound minded Geordie.
    We are not the club we were, a lot has changed in the last 3-4 years and we need to realise that although we are a massive club, expectations have got to be realistic, and in-line with those of a club looking to build, and with a long term plan. We will not be splashing cash like Man City, Spurs, or Chelsea.

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  • G

    May 8, 2010 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #9

    I do hope that by returning to the previous seasons venue does not mean we are getting another hiding off Orient pre-season?

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  • P.I.

    May 8, 2010 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #10

    Should arrange to play them again in a revenge fixture.
    The ultimate grudge match. Payback for humiliation the pre-season previously.

    Hughton just needs to tell the lads, “beat this Orient team today and you can beat anyone”

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  • G

    May 8, 2010 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #11

    We could bill it as ‘Clash of the Titans’?

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  • hitman

    May 8, 2010 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #14

    silly season is here.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 8, 2010 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #17

    Fostino you’re right we are so going to regret missing out on Moses for 2.5m while we wasted 2M on Best. Absolutely crazy and that is what worries me about Hughton’s limitations.

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  • Newutd

    May 8, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #18

    Hitman – that first link. Ugh.

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  • noir9

    May 8, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #19

    Rotonda @ 17
    I thought chris was fairly confident about getting moses but something went pear-shaped which didn’t have anything to do with him. More likely money & agents which is out of his control. Can’t see how anyone can judge best after 5 months!? Just look at zammorra

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  • costello91

    May 8, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #20

    lads i told yous this back two months ago!!im only delighted

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