The Chronicle is reporting it’s their understanding that Newcastle United will host Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem at St. James’ Park on Saturday, July 30 (3:00pm kick-off) and that’s exactly one week before the Championship season begins the following Saturday on August 6th.
This will be Newcatsle’s final pre-season friendly, although all the first team friendless have not been announced yet.
Vitesse finished 9th in the Eredevisie and we have never played the Dutch club in a competitive game.
The club was founded in the same year as Newcastle United – 1892.
Vitesse finished ninth in the Eredivisie last season on 46 points as PSV repeated as Dutch Champions with 84 points, 2 points more than Ajax.
It’s expected Newcastle will play up to seven friendly games in preparation for the Championship season – a very important season for the club.
Here’s the list of preseason friendlies currently announced by the club and taken from the Newcastle web-site – they are for different levels within the club.
Saturday, 9th July – Friday, 15th July
First-team training camp in County Kildare, Ireland
Sunday, 10th July
Bradford Park Avenue v Newcastle United XI, kick-off 3pm at the Horsfall Stadium, Bradford.
Saturday, 16th July
First-team friendly v Bohemian, kick-off 2pm at Dalymount Park, Dublin.
Wednesday, 20th July
First-team friendly v Doncaster Rovers, kick-off 7.45pm at the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster.
Saturday, 23rd July
Day one of the Steel Park Cup;
Corby Town v Newcastle United XI, kick-off 3.30pm at Steel Park, Corby – more information and ticket details here
Sunday, 24th July
Day two of the Steel Park Cup;
Newcastle United XI v PSV Eindhoven XI, kick-off 12 noon at Steel Park, Corby – more information and ticket details here
Monday, 25th July – Friday, 29th July
Newcastle United Academy side compete in the NISuperCup (formerly the Milk Cup) in Coleraine, Northern Ireland.
Schedule, kick-off times and venues to be announced on Monday, 13th June – tomorrow.
These fixtures don’t include first team games with Vitesse and Belgian club Sporting Lokeren, which have been reported by the Chronicle