Alan Pardew – We’re Close On Pre-Season Schedule


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:

DateTeamLocation
Fri 13 July KO 6;30 pm Chemnitzer FC - Lost 1-0Stadion an der Gellertstraße - Chermnitz, Germany
Mon 16 July KO 7:00 pm AS Monaco - Won 1-0Landsberg am Lech, Germany
Sat 21 July KO 7:30 pmFernerbahce - Drew 1-1 Sonnenseestadion, SC Ritzing, Austria
Fri 27 July KO 8:45 pmOlympiacos - Drew 1-1 4-4 on penalties Algarve Stadium, Faro, Portugal
Sat 28 July KO 8:45 pmFC Braga - won 2-1 Algarve Stadium, Faro, Portugal
Sat 4 August KO 5:00 pm Den Haag - Drew 0-0Kyocera Stadium, Den Haag
Tues 7 Aug KO 7:30 pmHartlepool - Won 5-1Victoria Park, Hartlepool
Sat 11 Aug 3:00 pmCardiff - Lost 4-1Cardiff 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.

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25 comments so far

  • Agent Stardust

    Jul 7, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #1

    eh

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  • yorkshireToon

    Jul 7, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #2

    On the transfer front I noticed people saying they’d be happy of we only signed debuchy now. I think it pivotal we sign a centre back first as 3 CBS with Taylor as one and a Europa campaign is frightening!

    And a theory on the de Jong front? What do you lot reckon to us pulling out of it and getting a striker at all because Senegal play ivory coast in the qualifiers for ANC so they think we won’t need one?

    Also anyone know when this game is being played?

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  • cupiddstunt

    Jul 7, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #3

    “”rich_toonfan // Jul 7, 2012 at 10:27 AM
    @premiership
    15 million is nothing for a top international.
    Rumours going around modric will Be sold for 30million mark. Why should we accept less for players who are equally as good at their job.””

    from a previous thread

    I think it’s because some people look at the buy price and take it from there.

    Modric cost spuds £16.5 mil so people see him as an expensive player to start with and selling him for £30 mil is just double the buy price.

    Whereas NUFC players are going to sell for way over double the buy price and in all reality they are worth way over double the buy price, Modric is no better than any of our midfielders so we should be also looking at £30 mil for them.

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  • Agent Stardust

    Jul 7, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #4

    dont give up on de jong yet. look at the bigger picture. he only mentions a meeting that took place.

    when the bids stop at 12m they will much prefer our bid of cash up front. de jong just wants out of there to a bigger club and would be happy to come here as well I would think.

    the german league is great but premier league even better with bigger clubs.

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  • Agent Stardust

    Jul 7, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #5

    and FIRST

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 7, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Re Post

    Ben Arfa, you are probably right

    But i agree with beattie, gladbach are a bit like aston villa everton types. i cant see them finishing 3rd or 4th

    But they are going at it the right way

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jul 7, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #7

    Hoillett to QPR… Dear God.
    Guess he’s ruined his career.

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  • cupiddstunt

    Jul 7, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #8

    yorkshireToon @ # 2

    A classic conspiracy theory there bud grasping at straws doesn’t have a look in.

    I am assuming you believe in the Roswell incident and alien abductions and all that?????

    As you are surely adding two and two to get your fifty four there.

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jul 7, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #9

    If Pards & co. crack and sell Tioté for 25m. Who would you buy?

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  • spitfire_

    Jul 7, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #10

    Obviously QPR have a hobby… to collect rejects from anywhere.

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  • nufc786

    Jul 7, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #11

    http://www.blackburn.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=286328
    ed you never told us you done an interview for Leon best….

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 7, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #12

    I think hoilett was greedy at Blackburn with the ball.

    But in a better team and a happier dressing room he might learn and change. At Newcastle he would know of he fed the ball to cabaye an made a run there is a good chance he would get a perfect pass back. That was never the case at Blackburn so it seemed like he had to go alone.

    Hope once he realises no team is willing I pay him the reported 50k a week he wills style for 30ish with us….but thats just wishful thinking on my part.

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jul 7, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #13

    16 million price tag for Twente is basically what Carroll was for us ….understandable he is not keen to sell him only for crazy money…..

    We are just on the other end of the line and it looks like Ash is putting the phone down thank God.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 7, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #14

    Sorry, i had to finish an article will share it with you soon

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jul 7, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #15

    Hoilett…..Amazed at the wages this kid wants….move on….

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  • cupiddstunt

    Jul 7, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #16

    Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem) @ # 9

    The whole point of the issue is we do not want to sell, so we price the players accordingly so the “who would buy” question is a moot point.

    And to be perfectly honest I do not think the word crack fits in with our board, MA has really big balls in the business world I think it would take a hell of a lot just to make him blink let alone begin to crack.

    They will have a price in their heads for every player we have and that will fluctuate depending on how the said player is performing at the time and his level of importance to the team.

    It is really that simple.

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jul 7, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #17

    @Cupid
    One thing we all know is that every Toon player has a price and with all the clubs he’s been linked to, it’s only a matter of time til they actually put in an offer. Nothing wrong in preparing for the worst…

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  • punjabi geordie

    Jul 7, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #18

    hello, everyone new to this and i do hope we sign a cb, striker & few more youngsters so as we could have a good strength & depth

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 7, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #19

    Federer to beat murray
    Australia to beat England
    hamilton button and di resta to retire

    LOL 😆

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  • toonincheek

    Jul 7, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #20

    Agent Stardust –

    First, Yes, but with what?

    And again @5 – with nothing.

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  • nezzatoonmad

    Jul 7, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #21

    16 mill for de jong for crist sake lets get him cisse was 10 mill and hes 26, de jong is 21 and hes a star allready if we get him he will be worth 3 times as much next season proberly 40 to 50 mill its like the old saying you got to spend money to make money

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  • nezzatoonmad

    Jul 7, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #22

    and you got to relize when ba and cisse scored over 15 goals in half the season and so many teams after them just imagine if de jong scores over 20 this season and even coming on as a sub most games, teams like man u, man city basicly all the top teams would make a move on him for a outstanding bid

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 7, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #23

    De Jong wont be worth 40-50 million ever.

    Very few players come into that bracket. He could though become a player with a value around 20-30 if we get him.

    But there is no point paying 16 for him, especially when he seems set on Germany. He would be good but the club won’t over pay, would rather wait for the price to drop or move on.

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  • sks_toon

    Jul 8, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #24

    Anyone know of the games will be shown on tv or Internet?

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  • sks_toon

    Jul 8, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #25

    Anyone know of the games will be shown on tv somehow?

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