It’s been posted on the Newcastle web-site today that Newcastle United will visit New Zealand this summer, in preparation for their Premier League campaign starting in August. Newcastle and West Ham will participate in a four-team tournament in New Zealand with A-League sides Wellington Phoenix and Sydney FC in July.
Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium – Newcastle play Sydney FC in July
This is some of what the club has reported on their web-site today:
Newcastle have been invited to take part in the Football United Tour 2014 in July and will take on Australian A-League sides Sydney FC at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Tuesday, 22nd July and Wellington Phoenix at the Westpac Stadium in the capital on Saturday, 26th July.
There will be additional Barclays Premier League representation with West Ham United, who have New Zealand captain Winston Reid in their ranks. The Hammers will play the same opposition on alternate days in Auckland and Wellington.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew said:
“We are very much looking forward to being part of the Football United Tour and to training and playing at first class facilities in Dunedin and Wellington.
“Football has grown impressively in both New Zealand and Australia in recent years, with some excellent players and teams coming to the fore, so the Wellington Phoenix and Sydney FC fixtures will provide a good test for our players as we prepare them for next season.”
Terry Davies, CEO of Dunedin Venues, which will host the Magpies’ first game against Sydney FC, said:
“It is a great achievement for Forsyth Barr Stadium and Dunedin to have this calibre of football in the city. We’re anticipating a huge crowd will enjoy this outstanding match.”
Wellington Mayor, Celia Wade-Brown, added:
“The Wellington City Council is delighted to work with the Phoenix on bringing this great sporting contest to the capital.”
“Our stadium’s location is ideally suited to a big match, and the beautiful game will be fully celebrated in a football festival for everybody.
Confirmed fixtures for the Football United Tour 2014 are as follows:
- Newcastle United v Sydney FC, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, Tuesday 22nd July, 7.30pm NZST
- Wellington Phoenix v West Ham United, Eden Park, Auckland, Wednesday 23rd July, 7.30pm NZST
- Sydney FC v West Ham United and Wellington Phoenix v Newcastle United, Westpac Stadium Wellington, Saturday 26th July. Kick-off times to be confirmed.
This will be great for the Newcastle fans down under, who will be able to see the side play some of their local teams, and of course the English Premier League is the most popular sports league in the world and is watched by millions around the world.
Newcastle have already announced the club will compete in the inaugural Schalke 04 Cup in the summer, which will take place in Germany in early August.
The other clubs involved in that tournament are again West Ham, as well as Malaga CF and host club Schalke 04.