We are hoping that things at Newcastle will settle down, once the players return from their summer holidays a week on Thursday – July 4th – when pre-season training starts.
Newcastle play SC Braga on 10th August
Newcastle will start the pre-season at Motherwell on 16th July, and then play two games in Portugal, and then travel to Bloomfield Road for a game at Blackpool, and travel to a game at St. Mirren.
The final per-season game will be when we welcome SC Braga to St. James’ Park on Saturday August 10th, a week before the Premier League season opens for Newcastle, with a tough game at Manchester City.
Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuchy, Papiss Cisse, Fabricio Coloccini and Gael Bigirimana, who have played International football this summer, will be given an extra 11 days off, and will report back to training on Monday July 15th.
The next day is the game at Motherwell so those players will not be participating in that game, and will be hard pressed to make the two games in Portugal on 20th and 23rd of July against Rio Ave and Pacos de Ferreira respectively.
Here’s Newcastle’s schedule of games.
|Tue - 16 July KO 7:00pm||Motherwell||Fir Park||W 4-2|
|Sat - 20 July KO 6:00pm||Rio Ave||Estadio do Rio Ave||L 3-1|
|Tue - 23 July KO - 8:00pm||Pacos de Ferreira||Estadio da Capital do Movel||D 1-1|
|Sun - 28 July KO 3:00pm||Blackpool||Bloomfield Road||W 1-0|
|Tue - 30th July KO 7:30pm||St. Mirren||Love Street||W 2-0|
|Tue - 6 August, 7:45pm||Rangers||Ibrox Stadium||D 1-1|
|Sat - 10 August, KO 6:00pm||SC Braga||St. James' Park||D 1-1|
Rio Ave finished sixth in the Primeira Liga last term and Pacos de Ferreira finished third, and earned a place in the Champions League qualifying rounds next season.
Newcastle are trying to arrange one more friendly game, probably around the weekend of August 3rd, and hopefully that will be another game at St. James’ Park.
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