Rafa To Replicate Last Summer’s Preseason Preparations


Rafa Benitez is looking to replicate almost exactly the preseason Newcastle had last summer.

They are going back to County Kildare in Ireland and Carton House for a week’s training camp and will then look to play friendlies but travel to and from the games and not stay for any extended period on the continent.

Last summer Newcastle played games at  Mainz and Wolfsburg, and those were two good tests for the lads.

According to the Chronicle, it looks like Bundesliga, Serie A a, d La Liga clubs have been in contact with Newcastle about possible friendly games this summer.

The last friendly game will again be at St. James Park the week before the season starts and will hopefully be against a top European side.

Carton House – County Kildare, Ireland

This is what Rafa has said in ChronicleLive about the friendly games and what he is looking for:

“The idea in terms of games is that we like to gradually increase our levels and build up towards the season,”

“So at the beginning, normally we like to play games against teams of a lower level, then little by little you can give your team confidence and more minutes under their belts over the next few matches.”

“After then you can go and play more difficult games – and, if it is possible, you don’t travel too far for these games if you can.”

“Last year, we flew out to Europe for a couple of games, then flew straight back, and we may look to do the same again.”

“Before that, we usually play against teams in England of a lower level, so we are planning to see if we can do that again.

“It’s all about building for the new season with as much training as possible – and, if we can, try not to travel too far.”

We expect the dates, venues, and opposition for the friendly matches to be released shortly – and as soon as possible to help fans plan to attend the games.

Comments welcome.

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114 comments so far

  • Dagwoodz

    May 29, 2018 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Repost…the train ran over me there…

    Lochinvar@6

    LOL…good point, but the Mayflower predated my family’s arrival by about 12 and 14 years, respectively. The Albro’s did end up being one of the founding family’s of Rhode Island, however.

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  • lochinvar

    May 29, 2018 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #3

    West Ham seem to have a happy knack of trying to follow NUFC linked personalities. Wonder how much they’ll pay for Slimani as Leicester want to see outright.

    Wouldn’t be surprised if Sky persuade the FA to set up West Ham v Newcastle as the first game of the season.

    Algerian striker Islam Slimani is a target for Premier League side West Ham this summer, according to Foot Mercato.
    The 29-year-old, who has just been named in the latest Algeria squad, recently spent some time at Newcastle United on a loan spell where he failed to score for the club.
    Manuel Pellegrini is reportedly targeting the forward in the summer transfer window as the Hammers prepare for the new season.

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  • Jib

    May 29, 2018 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #4

    Interesting that there’s a Richmond in Rhode Island
    and
    Richmond Yorkshire is 30 miles from Aldborough Yorkshire

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  • RobLeenio

    May 29, 2018 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #5

    loch, surely the Hammers don’t need Slimani on top of Carroll and Arnautovic? If Slim goes there, they’ll be looking to get one of the others out the door. Anyone fancy a cut-price Andy Carroll as a back-up to whoever else we buy?

    Hype!

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  • Bobbybee

    May 29, 2018 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #6

    Jib, there’s a Richmond in Surrey, Leeds and Sheffield as well. Several in America and at least one in Australia. I believe the original one is North Yorkshire, where Rufus the Red or some other rampaging nutter set up a castle there. Its still there but in poor nick. 🙂
    I dare say there’s a shed load of them, as, naming towns doesn’t appear to have taken much thought back in the day.

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  • Bobbybee

    May 29, 2018 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #7

    Rob, I’d have Carroll back in a flash but for his injury problems. Shame, because when he’s fit and firing he’s simply unplayable.

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  • Jib

    May 29, 2018 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #8

    Bobby you miss my point
    The first settlers tended to name places
    that reminded them of home.
    The fact that a family from Aldborough named
    a place after the nearest big town could be significant.
    Richmond Yorks is probably the oldest Richmond btw

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  • Bobbybee

    May 29, 2018 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #9

    Jib, well, that was my point too mate! 🙂 Not much thought went into it. They named their new home after their old one. Not very original was it?

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  • Jib

    May 29, 2018 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #10

    The North East towns in Oz are all over
    the place
    There’s Newcastle Howdon Wallsend Prudhoe etc.
    but they are all jumbled up

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  • Jib

    May 29, 2018 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Bobby
    at least they called it
    NEW York
    😛

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  • Bobbybee

    May 29, 2018 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #12

    Oh well, as this chemist here is pants I need to go into Ashington to pick up my pain killers.
    This is how bizarre it is.
    Because it’s a CD, the chemist demands you order it ahead of time so they can get it in. However, because it’s a CD the doctor won’t prescribe it until it’s due date. So if you wait until you get the prescription, you need it the next day. The chemist wants five days notice. Doctor and chemist are within spitting distance.
    Chemist knows I get the prescription every month, but won’t order it in until they get the paper in their hand. WTF are you meant to do? 🙂
    Go to Ashington is the only answer, where they have it in stock. Glad I’ve got transport.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 29, 2018 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #13

    Jiblets,
    I once passed through a place called Philadelphia in Durham when the A19 was closed once, I never knew such a place existed, my automatic thought was that it was the original. Not to be, the guy that owned the colliery there named it after the place after the British had recaptured it during the Colonial wars.

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  • Jib

    May 29, 2018 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #14

    https://patient.emisaccess.co.uk/Register
    Bobby ask your Doc about this

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  • Bobbybee

    May 29, 2018 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #15

    Jib, but there’s a New York and Washington not far from here.
    Anyhoo, England U21 team announced and Arma and Tammy tap in are both playing again. Last time Arma set up Tammy for the winner. Tammy got the goal – from a yard out thanks to a perfect ball from the wee man and Arma got motm. Scraped home against China which wasn’t great but they should be better after a game.
    Not sure it’s available on terrestrial TV but it is online.

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  • Jib

    May 29, 2018 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #16

    Jail
    I’m sure I’ve had a gargle in Philadelphia CIU in
    the past
    Fed Special at 85p a pint 😀

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  • Jib

    May 29, 2018 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #17

    😀 even

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  • toonincheek

    May 29, 2018 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #18

    jib –

    I wonder how far back the local New York goes?

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  • willowdalerez

    May 29, 2018 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #19

    Bobbybee

    “I just get a bit pissed when people who don’t go make demands on those who do.”

    Is that what you took from my posts the other day? Then there was a misunderstanding. Re-read them if you have the time.

    By “upbeats” I meant there are a lot of posters on here that seem to have a lot of pretty high expectations of what Rafa will extract from Ashley when there is absolutely zero reason to believe anything significant has or will change until our (as in Rafa’s) targets have had their medicals, signed contracts and been photographed holding up their new jerseys outside St James.

    Nowhere did I call for you to boycott going to games (I would be a season ticket holder if I lived in Geordie country) so sorry if that’s what you took from it. Personally, I watch every match I can and support the lads (though I’ll criticize players, Ashley regime and even Rafa where I think I have a point) but I haven’t bought new gear since shortly after Carroll was sold (which occurred not so long after Hoots was dismissed in such and awful and undeserved manner to be replaced by Pardew). Those two incidents in quick succession told me Ashley had learned nothing from the relegation, cared nothing for the fans and wouldn’t change.

    By “upbeats”, I simply mean those who are convinced that Rafa can succeed in bringing Ashley around where no others have succeeded. Hoots brought straight up and what was his reward? being sacked. Carroll was a star, local and a potential next Shearer (we couldn’t and didn’t know the extent and seriousness his injuries would take on him then) and what did Ashley do? Cash in on him. You can’t build a team and won’t with that attitude.

    I love Rafa, I just don’t think Ashley will give him any more than respect than he did Hoots (arguably England’s next great homegrown manager).

    Sorry if you took any offense. None intended.

    I respect and share your love of the club!

    I imagine most of our support was attracted by KK in the Entertainers years. Not just overseas either. It was a very attractive period that was, sadly, more of a blip than the norm. It will change one day… honestly… It will. ?

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  • toonincheek

    May 29, 2018 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #20

    Bobby –

    I’m sure you noticed that Arma set up Tammy for a couple of chances
    (headers) even in the the brief highlights that I watched.

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  • Bobbybee

    May 29, 2018 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #21

    Cheers Jib. I did have it delivered for a while but a mix up left me without for a few days. Not a good experience. Withdrawals are horrendous. Ended up having to go to hospital to get tablets to see me over. Not far to Ashington really, I’m just moaning. 🙂

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  • Jib

    May 29, 2018 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #22

    toonincheek
    Good Q
    I think the N Tyneside one
    is named after the US one

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  • Jib

    May 29, 2018 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #23

    Obviously
    It’s well recorded that Geo Washington’s forebears
    came from our Washington village

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  • Jib

    May 29, 2018 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #24

    Did Jimmy Carter not visit our Washington
    before shouting “howay the lads” in front
    of the Civic Centre ?

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  • Bobbybee

    May 29, 2018 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #25

    Willow, must be me getting confused. It happens at my age 🙂 I might be just defensive, having heard the same thing for so long mate.
    No offence taken or meant. Don’t want to get into it again anyway, people take it that I don’t want overseas fans supporting us which is nonsense. I love all fans. I just don’t like being told how I should show my support. I’ll never stop going and if that upsets people – tough. 🙂
    Still, I’ll happily take responsibility and apologise if I mixed it up.

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  • willowdalerez

    May 29, 2018 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #27

    bobbybee

    “I imagine most of our support was attracted by KK in the Entertainers years. Not just overseas either. It was a very attractive period that was, sadly, more of a blip than the norm. It will change one day… honestly… It will.”

    Now there you have me nailed. Lived in the UK for a while in the 90s, I wasn’t in Newcastle (Malvern actually just SW of Worcester) but I couldn’t get enough of the Entertainers! Returned to Canada a devout fan and to no surprise there was a budding following at home. After things went downhill you quickly learned who was a true convert and who just swapped jerseys for a “Big” Club.

    I actually was really excited when Ashley bought the club…. Thought it my herald a new dawn. Don’t think I was alone in that either. But reality quickly asserted itself and now I’m an Ashley cynic. I just can’t see him changing. You know what they say about cynics, scratch one and you’ll find a disappointed romantic. That’s my “relationship” so to speak with the Ashley regime and I hope you’re right but I don’t see Ashley becoming a born again football fan under Rev Rafa Benitez… I see him selling the Church stone by stone.

    That’s my last post on Ashley for the day.

    Back to football now!

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  • Bobbybee

    May 29, 2018 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #28

    Wow, full of apologies today. The usual pharmacist is on holiday and our lass just picked my script up, went into the chemist and got my tablets!! No arguments about five days, just handed it over. Not getting much right today am I? 🙂

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  • Bobbybee

    May 29, 2018 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #29

    Jib, he could’ve bought the club – for peanuts!! Sorry again, I’ll get me coat should I?

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  • Bobbybee

    May 29, 2018 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #30

    Willow, I think you might be in for a pleasant surprise mate. I actually do think Rafa will get his way. As long as Ashley doesn’t have to contribute to the cost, I think he’ll let him go for it. Rafa has already said he expects the club to wipe its own nose anyway, so it’s really about control.
    We’ll see, but I expect Rafa to be here for a while yet. 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    May 29, 2018 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #31

    Well theres a village called Quebec outside Durham (typically the locals pronounce it “Quee-beck” or you could visit Toronto – that’s the one without a CN tower near Bishop Auckland. Though it does have a fairly ok chain pub that does a nice micro brewery range.

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  • Bobbybee

    May 29, 2018 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #32

    Toonincheek, aye, hence his motm award.
    If I was Rafa I’d keep Arma and sign Tammy if they can play well together. Either way I’d definitely keep Arma. He’s going to be one great player and if we let him go, it needs to be with a buy back option.

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  • Bobbybee

    May 29, 2018 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #33

    Anyone know the origins of Pity Me in Durham? Strange name for a village.

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  • willowdalerez

    May 29, 2018 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #34

    Rafa is smart to stay, relatively, close to home for preseason. One of the biggest hurdles for pro sport teams in North America is all the traveling. To fly from Toronto to L.A. is a 5 hr flight. To put that in context to fly from Toronto to London is 7 hr flight. So jetting all over the States would fatigue the players no end. At some point, if and when, Rafa is able to build the us into a top team, we will have the depth and international following to make that make sense. For now, best to concentrate on getting the lads fit and leave the jet setting and selfies to the clubs like Chelski that have players like Kenedy they can’t even find a use for.

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  • Ron Knee

    May 29, 2018 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #35

    Jib, for a split second I read Geno Washington there!

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  • Jib

    May 29, 2018 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #36

    Bobby
    French
    petit mere
    apparently there was a lake there

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  • Tsunki

    May 29, 2018 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #37

    When Richmond was mentioned I immediately thought of Ketsbaia but didn’t know why. Then I realised it was the character off the IT Crowd. 🙂

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  • Ron Knee

    May 29, 2018 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #38

    My cousin had a farm near Moscow, Cumberland.

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  • Jib

    May 29, 2018 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #39

    and the ram jam band
    saw them loads of times
    at one time at Newcastle Uni
    he seemed to be on every week !

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 29, 2018 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #40

    Bobby,
    This “every last penny” thing is causing the bother imo, we need a definite amount, not the amount after clever accountants have had their say.

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