It’s really surprising that Newcastle’s first game of the pre-season is scheduled provisionally for next Friday night, but nothing yet has yet been announced by Newcastle, other than the two games in the Algarve tournament in Portugal and the games at Gateshead and Cardiff City.
Cardiff City’s new red crest
Newcastle have been in a bit of a problem, because the club had to wait to see which European League they would be in, and then what the play-off dates would be, and of course they cannot play any games at St. James’ Park in pre-season, because of the Olympics, which added to the problems.
This is what Alan Pardew told the Shields Gazette today:
“We’re almost there in terms of finalising the games.” “Our hands are tied in terms of home friendlies because of the Olympics.” “We can’t play in the stadium.”
“We had to find games that worked for us, and hopefully we’ve got the balance right.” “We’re playing two very good sides in Portugal, and we’ve got a tough away game against Cardiff before Tottenham.”
“It’s about ensuring there’s the right balance in games and opposition.”
If you believe what other clubs have said and reported on their web-sites, coupled with what Newcastle have announced so far – this seems to be the pre-season schedule from what we can tell:
|Fri 13 July KO 6;30 pm||Chemnitzer FC - Lost 1-0||Stadion an der Gellertstraße - Chermnitz, Germany|
|Mon 16 July KO 7:00 pm||AS Monaco - Won 1-0||Landsberg am Lech, Germany|
|Sat 21 July KO 7:30 pm||Fernerbahce - Drew 1-1||Sonnenseestadion, SC Ritzing, Austria|
|Fri 27 July KO 8:45 pm||Olympiacos - Drew 1-1 4-4 on penalties||Algarve Stadium, Faro, Portugal|
|Sat 28 July KO 8:45 pm||FC Braga - won 2-1||Algarve Stadium, Faro, Portugal|
|Sat 4 August KO 5:00 pm||Den Haag - Drew 0-0||Kyocera Stadium, Den Haag|
|Tues 7 Aug KO 7:30 pm||Hartlepool - Won 5-1||Victoria Park, Hartlepool|
|Sat 11 Aug 3:00 pm||Cardiff - Lost 4-1||Cardiff City Stadium|
The first game of the season is on Saturday 18th August, at home to Spurs, and currently Newcastle play the first play-off round of the Europa League on the following Thursday, with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge a short two days later.
And one of the casualties of this late announcement are the Newcastle fans who want to travel to see the games, which will be very difficult at such short notice – but we’ll still see a good backing at the games – that’s for sure.