Newcastle United’s pre-season is starting to take shape, with Bohemians confirming they will play the Magpies.

Originally NUFC claimed that it was unlikely they would play any friendlies whilst at their training camp in Ireland.

However, after spending a week in County Kildare, Newcastle will play Bohemians on Saturday 16th July.

There are also claims of a friendly on the following Saturday (23 July) away at Sporting Lokeren but that is still to be confirmed.

Rafa Benitez has stated that he hopes to fit in between five and seven pre-season fixtures but with the season starting on Saturday 6 August, time will be squeezed.

Bohemians Official Statement:

Bohemians are delighted to announce that we will welcome Newcastle United to Dalymount Park for a friendly on Saturday July 16th.

The English club, managed by Champions League-winning boss Rafa Benitez, will spend a week in a pre-season training camp at Carton House before facing Keith Long’s side.

Tickets will be priced at €15 for adults, €10 for student/concession and €5 for children.

Anticipating a Toon Army invasion, Bohs manager Keith Long said: “We’re delighted to welcome such an iconic club with a big Irish following to Dalymount Park.

“Our players are looking forward to pitting their wits against a team full of international players and some household names.”

It will be Newcastle’s first visit to Dalymount Park in 16 years.

The Gypsies last hosted the Magpies in a friendly in July 1998 when a Derek Swan penalty past Shay Given secured a 1-1 draw against Kenny Dalglish’s side.

The sides also met in the UEFA Cup in 1977 when, after a 0-0 first leg in Dalymount, Newcastle proceeded to the next round after a 4-0 win at St James’ Park.