Newcastle Still Short Of First Team Friendlies In Pre-Season

Newcastle United announced their third pre-season first team friendly today and Dutch Eredivisie side Vitesse will visit St. James’ Park in their final pre-season friendly of the summer the weekend before we visit Fulham on Friday 5th August, to start the long Championship season.

The game will be played on Saturday, 30th July, for a 3pm kick-off and it will be the Magpies’ only home fixture of the season.

Both clubs were founded in 1892.


The previously arranged friendly games are with Bohemian, on Saturday, 16th July (2pm kick-off) in Dublin, and at Doncaster Rovers, on Wednesday, 20th July (7.45pm kick-off).

Rafa Benitez had talked about playing up to seven pre-season friendlies as preparation for the Championship season.

There have also been reports in Belgium that Newcastle will Sporting Lokeren in July..

The Belgium media has reported the game will take place on Saturday 23rd July, the week-end before the game against Vitesse.

So we still have to hear of more friendly games before we visit Fulham on 5th August – which is six weeks tomorrow.

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