Final Newcastle Pre-Season Friendly Reported

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.

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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.

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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.

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These fixtures don’t include first team games with Vitesse and Belgian club Sporting Lokeren, which have been reported by the Chronicle

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