As promised, the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has fielded a strong starting eleven for the game tonight at the Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand against Sydney FC.
Newcastle fans at the Forsyth Barr Stadium
Rob Elliot comes back into goal, and new signings Jack Colback, Siem de Jong and Emmanuel Riviere all start the game.
Newcastle United: Elliot, Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Haidara, Aarons, Anita, Colback, Gouffran, De Jong, Riviere
Subs: Abeid, Alnwick, Sammy Ameobi, Armstrong, Dummett, Perez, Satka, Vuckic, Woodman
Fab Coloccini plays his first pre-season game, and will captain the side, and he partners local lad Steven Taylor in central defense.
This is the Sydney FC starting eleven for tonight’s game when 10,000 fans are expected at the huge stadium:
Sydney FC: Necevski, Ryall, Petkovic, Gameiro, Ibini, Ognenovski, Antonis, Carle, Abbas, Brosque, Gersbach
Subs: Janjetovic, Jurman, Triantis, Dimitrijevic, Timetheou, Burgess, Muata-Marlow
The Chronicle’s lead sports reporter Lee Ryder is at the game, and Lee’s sent a photo of Bob Moncur meeting with the fans before the game.
Newcastle Ambassador Bob Moncur meeting with fans before the game
We need to see a very good performance for the lads, in dedication to John Alder and Liam Sweeney, who lost their lives last Thursday on their way to support the team in New Zealand.
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