Newcastle United will play Doncaster Rovers next month at the Keepmoat Stadium on Wednesday, 20th July for a 7.45pm kick-off.
That comes just four days after our first friendly game against Bohemians on Saturday, 16th July, with a 2pm kick-off against the League of Ireland Premier club in Dublin.
That follows a week of training in County Kildare, Ireland.
The last time we were in the Championship was the last time the team played at the Keepmoat Stadium on Tuesday 23rd March 2010, as we were steamrolling towards automatic promotion and we won the game 1-0 with a second half Andy Carroll goal.
After being beaten 3-0 at Derby on 9th February, 2010 Newcastle won 13 of the remaining 17 league games and drew the other four – 43 points from a possible 51 points to finish off the season in a sprint to the finish and 102 points and first place in the Championship.
Rafa Benitez has said he doesn’t want too much travel in this pre-season as he concentrates on getting the team ready for an assault on the Championship.
We could see a number of local friendly games leading up to the Championship kickoff on Saturday August 6th.