Newcastle Summer Plans Still Not Sorted Out

Newcastle will travel to Portugal at the end of July to compete in the Guadiana Torneo, and will play a couple of games in successive days, against Porto and Olympiacos, and then the weekend before the Premier League  starts with a home game against Spurs, Newcastle will play Cardiff at the Cardiff City Stadium.

And that’s all the games that Newcastle have arranged so far, but we expect another three friendlies to be arranged,  and announced fairly soon, with time starting to run out.

Newcastle had been expected to play in the Vodacom Challenge tournament next month in South Africa, but that has presumably been cancelled by the organizer, to the chagrin of Newcastle’s South Africa fans.

Those plans are still uncertain however,  and we suppose there’s still a possibility that Newcastle could play in the Vodacom Challenge, against two local sides, Kaizer Chiefs, and the Orlando Pirates.

Jabu Mathibela, a spokesman for the organizers of the tournament SAIL, said:

“I see people mention Newcastle but we have not really concluded anything with those guys.”

We expect those guys to be busy arranging some additional pre-season friendlies right now.

Newcastle could extend their stay in Portugal, and there have been rumors Newcastle could play Sporting Lisbon, and news today in the Journal that Newcastle may also be negotiating to play a top team in Germany.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far


    Jun 18, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #1

    please think about europa league games between these fixtures it will be one hell of a season and o I forgot add fa cup and capital one cup between them wow

  • donegalmag

    Jun 18, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #2

    hey guys’s..

    I have only been to Newcastle once so when I booked my stag do there I has prayin that we would have a home fixture to make the weekend even better…

    Got very lucky…we are home against Man U on the 6th of October…gonna be an awsome weekend…

  • Beattie25

    Jun 18, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #3

    There is no way in gods name that Carr has flown out to check on Debuchy.

    Carr has been checking on him for years and I am sure the decision was made long ago ad to whether or not to sign him.

    If he has gone out for Debuchy it’ll be to tie the deal up. If not then he is checking on other targets or a smoke screen is in place!!

  • Beattie25

    Jun 18, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #4

    Please whatever you do, DO NOT:

    follow me on twitter @daniel_draper95, i’ll follow back HWTL

  • jayphoto

    Jun 18, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #5

    @beattie – agreed! the way our scouting system works, i doubt we’re checking on anyone purely based on their euro performances! Targets will have been decided months ago, possibly even at christmas! Every player we seem to bring in our players Carr has watched for years ie:tiote – No credit for scouting Cabaye though, everyone in France knew he was a top player 3 seasons ago, just no1 knew of his release clause and Lille were talking 15m! Also he’s a player that likes to be part of a project, the only way we will lose Cabaye is if he doesn’t think theres any chance of Newcastle progressing! We’re so lucky to have him in my opinion, his performances in the euros have further proved he is one of the very finest midfielders in europe!

  • Beattie25

    Jun 18, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #6


    It is all about the project! That’s why we can sign players of great calibre and retain them. I hope that we continue the improvement and give these guys a reason to stay!!

  • rich_toonfan

    Jun 18, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #7

    I am looking forward to the Europa league draw. Want to see who we have to get past to make the group stages.

    I think players and clubs know we won’t pay over the odds in fees or wages. This is why deals might be dragged out as some clubs will try and get more off other sides before agreeing a fee with us.

    I can imagine debuchy in a toon shirt though, and it would be fantastic but big not in sure Carr has a perfectly adequate replacement lined up.

  • Markaccus

    Jun 18, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #8

    Hope our pre season goes better than last years disaster!
    On another subject, what’s everyones england team tomorrow night? Personally, if rooney is insisted on, and walcott injured I’d go with (left to right, def to att) hart, cole, lescott, terry, jones,,, milner, parker, gerrard,,, rooney, caroll, welbeck.
    No young as had a bad 2 games. Johnson too lazy and headless. Thoughts?

  • Beattie25

    Jun 18, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #9

    What we do in life echoes in eternity.

    We are offering these players the potential to be immortalised.

    If we win something with these guys they’ll be known forever. Probably given statues in years to come.

    No other club can offer that in the PL such is our passion.

    Look at Chelsea. Won the CL and in a few years it’ll be Soloman who? Fernando what?

  • rhan

    Jun 18, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #10

    Marcacus did you watch the last two game, Glen Johnson has been our best defender.

  • Ian Magpie

    Jun 18, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #11

    @Beattie25…………. Totally agree with you mate! It has been so long since we won something (1955 for a top domestic honour and 1969 Eurpean trophy) that make no mistake the place will go nuts! Sometimes I don’t think the players realise what it will be like! I also don’t think the cubs sells this to potential new signings. A big fat pay check is very nice but being imortalised in folklore and history has to be something not many clubs in the world can promise if we are successful. Could next year be THE year!???! Lets hope so!


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