Chris Morgan has thanked John Carver for making his testimonial against Newcastle United possible.

The former Sheffield United Captain thinks it is a ‘brilliant fixture’ and is counting on thousands travelling from the north east.

Morgan played under John Carver when the Newcastle Head Coach was coaching alongside Gary Speed, before the former Newcastle midfielder left to manage Wales.

The game takes place on Sunday 26 July but has an awkward kick-off time of 1pm, presumably to try and restrict  the amount of alcohol fans will consume pre-match.

Three local charities will benefit from the proceeds of the friendly match.

“It promises to be a brilliant fixture and one that should benefit both clubs in pre-season preparations, but it wouldn’t have been possible without the massive help of JC (John Carver) and Lee (Charnley).

“Despite having more important things on their minds in recent weeks, they have stuck to their word about going ahead with the fixture if Newcastle preserved their top-flight status.”

Large numbers:

“They are touring the USA and the fixture against us will be their first back on English soil upon their return so I am sure, like they always do, their fans will come down from the north east in large numbers.

“For us, it will give the new manager (Nigel Adkins) a chance to experience Bramall Lane as the home Gaffer before the season starts in August and it will be an important occasion with that in mind.”

The match at Bramall Lane is one of seven pre season friendlies announced by Newcastle, to see full details of the friendly schedule go HERE.

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