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Newcastle Complete Preseason Friendly Games With 6th Game Arranged

Lee Charnley has finally complete the first team friendly fixtures for the coming preseason with a game set up at St. James’ Park with Helles Verona who are managed by former assistant coach Fabio Pecchia.

One of the other games is with Hearts who are managed by former Scottish assistant coach Ian Cathro.

While Ian struggled at Hearts in the second half of last season Fabio did extremely well and had Verona immediately promoted back to Serie A after the had been relegated a year ago.

Fabio Pecchia – Verona manager and former Newcastle United assistant coach

This game had been rumored to have been arranged  in Italy for the last week or so.

Here’s the official statement from Newcastle United on the friendly:

“Newcastle United will round off their preparations for the 2017/18 Premier League season with a home friendly against Hellas Verona.”

“The Italian side, who won promotion from Serie B last season, will take on Rafa Benitez’s side at St. James’ Park on Sunday, 6th August, with the game set for a 3pm kick-off (BST).”

“Verona are managed by former United coach Fabio Pecchia, who left the Magpies just over a year ago to take up his first managerial post with the Gialloblu.”

“It will be the sixth and final pre-season fixture for Newcastle, who begin their Premier League campaign at home to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, 12th August.”

The first team friendly schedule is now as follows:

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Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • G

    Jun 29, 2017 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #1

    I wonder what are the chances of any of the away friendlies being televised? Seems like ages since there was a toon match to watch.

  • Markaccus

    Jun 29, 2017 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #2

    Wwsbrd (gm f)

    Yes thats better. I think somebody forgot thier angry pills today, though.

  • WWSBRD (Goatmouth Fool)

    Jun 29, 2017 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #3

    My only worry is I honestly dont know what it means so am just hoping its not got some sort of offensive nature to it that am not picking up on which will get me banned

    And yeah but some folk will never be happy

  • cyprus

    Jun 29, 2017 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #4

    Looks like a reasonable schedule unlike those tournaments. Probably unlimited subs, with ‘easy’ teams, mainly. Was the year we got thrashed by Leyton Orient the same we finished fifth?

    In my mind, preseason is about trying things out, formations, players, with no 11 set, as squad players play against each other. Don’t we got twenty two plus players? Game on. No need to invite others.

    Come on Rafa, sign the three players I told you, a couple friendlies, some twinking, we’re set.

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 29, 2017 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Just been watching Lee Ryder answering questions on FB. On the transfer situation, he said there was a great deal of frustration among NUFC staff at the moment.

  • hibbit

    Jun 29, 2017 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #6

    afternoon all looking forward to the players being back sure things will start to happen very soon from then

    WWSBRD (Goatmouth Fool) if you cam to it so can i (just read though last nights posts thanks bobby for the title much appreciated

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 29, 2017 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #7


    Lee Ryder sounded a bit gloomy. See post @5.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 29, 2017 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Jib Jibberish (blog pest) you seem to be in a more robust mood today – rather than your tart like tantrum of yesterday.
    You posted earlier ;-
    “When MrTuff calls people he dislikes Mr Tubbs or Junior Tubbs
    Why do the words “Pot” “Kettle” “Black” jump into my brain ?”

    I’ll give your question a stab if you don’t mind ” Why do the words “Pot” “Kettle” “Black” jump into my brain ?”

    It’s only a guess but is it because there is nothing else in there.
    hahahaha —– get in – worra plonka.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jun 29, 2017 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #9

    Where you been hibbit not the same with out you and toontaff2 2 days to go bro

  • hibbit

    Jun 29, 2017 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #10

    Ron Knee

    i see that but 3 days is a long time in football just think things will kick off soon

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 29, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Pity they cannot arrange transfers as quick as they can arrange pre-season friendlies.
    So far TOON’s dealings like the weather miserable

  • hibbit

    Jun 29, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #12

    looking forward to the home friendly

  • WWSBRD (Goatmouth Fool)

    Jun 29, 2017 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #13

    New season new me? Fully embracing my goatmouth haha

    I suggest we all do it, take the summer to reinvent ourselves just as NUFC must do…I might become a itk haha

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 29, 2017 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #14


    Hope so!

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jun 29, 2017 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #15

    Last day tomorrow then back to the toon see family, and a few beers ,before tur?ey on the 9th July, will back in time for the start of the season how lovely this life is in the sun.

  • lesh

    Jun 29, 2017 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #16

    Mister Tuff @5

    You say that your friend Jiblet’s being robust today. Coincidentally, I’d posted a similar comment about his Pot-Kettle snipe a couple of threads back but used the word pompous. He’s clearly not taken his medicine that counters his arrogance. He must need gallons of it!


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