Newcastle will play their first friendly of the season in Ireland while the lads are at Carton House in July.
Newcastle will play St Patrick’s Athletic on Tuesday 17th July when the Ireland club will be in the middle of their season.
They are currently in 5th position in the League of Ireland Premier League with Dundalk currently in first place.
St. Patrick’s manager Liam Buckley
Here are their current league standings.
St. Patrick’s manager Liam Buckley is delighted to be able to play a Premier League club:
“We are all delighted to be in a position to welcome Newcastle United to Richmond Park.”
“We understand that Rafael Benitez will be preparing his side ahead of the beginning of their season in August.”
“So we know they will be looking for a good test of their fitness and match sharpness.”
“From our side of things, we are delighted to play a top opposition and test ourselves against them as we look to stay sharp in the middle of our own season.”
“It’s great for the local area of Inchicore too (it’s a suburb of Dublin) that a side of the caliber of Newcastle United are going to be playing.”
“So we are looking forward to hopefully seeing a big crowd in Richmond Park.”
Preseason training starts four weeks tomorrow on July 2nd and Rafa has got his wish again for the third summer running.
The lads will train at Carton House in County Kildare where Rafa has plenty of time to prepare the team for another tough upcoming Premier League season.
We have four preseason fixtures already arranged and expect one or two more to be announced shortly.
So things are starting to happen – now we need a couple of new players brought through the door and get the manager signed up to that new contract.