Popular Newcastle Have Summer Invites From Asia, Europe And USA


It’s that time of year when Newcastle are looking at putting together a summer tour.

Alan Pardew – Newcastle have had some nice offers

And that’s particularly important his summer, because  Newcastle will not be able to play any home friendly matches at St. James’ Park, because of the Olympic Games.

Last summer Newcastle  toured the United States as part of their pre-season preparations, and had games in Kansas City, Orlando and Columbus, for the growing number of fans located over here in the US.

The Evening Chronicle (Lee Ryder) is reporting today that other destinations are being looked at for this summer, and Newcastle seem to be popular (of course!), with invitations already coming in from the Far East, Europe and the US.

Newcastle are looking at their options for the summer, and manager Alan Pardew had this to say today about the situation:

“I think we’ll be balancing it out between a financial situation which I think will be important for us.” “We now carry a bit of clout and we’ve had a few nice offers, I think that’s important.”

“I don’t want to hide from the fans the fact that that will be a factor.” “I also have to consider the preparation for the team and that we get it right.”  “We have to get the right one that professionally and financially that gives us the best chance to prepare.”

“We have a little bit of a difficulty this pre-season because of the Olympics, we can’t play a home friendly.”  “That is disappointing. So all our games are going to be away so our fans will have to start saving some money.”

Newcastle could presumably play a number of friendly games in England and help out some clubs like Carlisle United, Hartlepool or Gateshead, and we’d personally like to see Newcastle go on a tour of the Far East.

With China emerging as a big player in world sports, it would be great if Newcastle could play a game in China, where they can start building up a fan following over there, much like what’s happened in the US over the last several years.

The problem with a Far East tour is the amount of travel of course, and that has to be balanced with the games that will be played, so it’s always difficult to get it right.

Where would you like Newcastle to tour in the summer – let us know with the reasons for your choice.

Comments always welcome.



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23 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Mar 7, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #1

    Will be interesting to see where they go, wouldn’t mind them having a trip to Norway 😉

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  • geordie157

    Mar 7, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #2

    So no home friendlies, i wonder if a couple could be arranged at Darlington (if they are still in business), with all the gate receipts going to them.

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  • BarcelonaMag

    Mar 7, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #3

    Am I first? For pesronal reasons, I’d say Spain but it’s sweltering in August!

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  • ontariomag

    Mar 7, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #4

    For purely selfish reasons north america. The road trip with several other expat geordies and some newly recruited canadian fans was superb. Mind we did think ba looked a big lazy lump so wont post any reviews if they do come as we obviously know nowt

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  • alex84

    Mar 7, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #5

    colo-sus, thanks for the link, i love his interviews, he doesnt do alot but when he does its very insightful, I like the fact he wants to take risks on the field, he is always looking to take his man on and create, how long has it been since we have had a player like that, interesting to see he considers himself 90%, i think we all forget how long he was out for.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Mar 7, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #6

    India

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  • Indian Magpie

    Mar 7, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #7

    i can see Selbymag growling again after i mentioned India

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  • lewytoon

    Mar 7, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #8

    http://www.premierleague.com/en-gb/matchday/league-table.html

    our goal difference to the 5 above us is disgraceful!

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  • martoon

    Mar 7, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #9

    If we do scrape into the Europa League are there any early qualifying matches we would have to play? which obviously need to be taken into consideration.

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  • UpTheRoad

    Mar 7, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #10

    Preferably somewhere where there won’t be as many visa issues!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Mar 7, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #11

    @ 10 u mean somewhere upthe road

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  • shanghaigeordie

    Mar 7, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #12

    shanghai please!
    it would be a dream to watch the game in my hometown. Newcastle used to be the top team and potenial trophy contender when PL was broadcast in local TV in mid 90s. at that time en evthe commentator of local sports center here was a Newcastle supporter. So it’s not hard to imagine the popularity in shanghai.

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  • Eastander

    Mar 7, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #13

    @11 you say that but tiote couldnt get back in the country last time so if he goes for his summer jollies…

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  • argentoona

    Mar 7, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #14

    I reckon we go to Arabian hopefully we catch a eye or few of some wealthy people plus Qatar will be holding a FIFA event soon
    Seems ideal

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  • Doilatoon

    Mar 7, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #15

    I agree with Dannyo,come to Norway!! 🙂

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  • planbillytedbob

    Mar 7, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #16

    come to selby. lol

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  • ~Papiss-Toon~

    Mar 7, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #17

    I say Asia. Its a fast growing market and marketing the club in the region can only do wonders for the club.

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  • wynsleap

    Mar 7, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #18

    China would be ideal – there’s some decent players coming out from that part of the world and it’s time we started to spread our net further than France, Italy and Holland.

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  • wynsleap

    Mar 7, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #19

    Forgot about Brazil although it would be a damned long trip.
    There MUST be some talented kids dazzling everyone on the beaches over there that no one (including Redknapp and Dalglish) knows about.

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  • Paulo Martins

    Mar 7, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #20

    Portugal, so I can see and promove lads around the portuguese soccer fans.
    I will go for the fist time with another 10 friends to St. James Park to see or NUFC beat , I hope Stoke City at 20 Abril 🙂

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  • Paulo Martins

    Mar 7, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #21

    and not forget summer is goodin Portugal 🙂

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  • AmericanMagpie

    Mar 8, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #22

    Probably only posted 2 or 3 times but have been reading this blog over 2 years.

    COME TO THE WESTCOAST OF THE USA.

    San Jose, LA, Portland, Seattle.

    Newcastle came last year but it was on the wrong coast. 🙁

    Please reward your westcoast american fans who have to get up at 4am to watch your games.

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  • Szarka

    Mar 8, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #23

    I cant have a chance in east-europa 🙁 Maybe on the EL Newcastle will get a team around here 🙂

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