Newcastle United will be represented at a pre-season tournament in Whitby this July, an official announcement made by the Yorkshire club this Friday morning.

NUFC will play their matches on 27 July and 29 July in the four team competition at Whitby Town’s home ground.

It looks set to be a Newcastle United Under 23s (reserve) team that will take part, although it could include some familiar faces depending on who is and isn’t still at St James Park in two months time.

Newcastle will play Celtic on Thursday 27 July, then on Saturday 29 July they winners of that game will face the winners of AZ Alkmaar v Whitby Town, the two losers also playing each other.

Ticket details are outlined below.

Whitby Town official announcement:

‘Whitby Town Football Club Challenge Cup

Whitby Town FC is proud to announce our new Challenge Cup competition. Newcastle United, Celtic, Whitby Town and Dutch club AZ Alkmaar are taking part to try and win the coveted title.

The tournament has full FA approval and comes with a highly professional team presenting a weekend of top-flight football by the seaside

All games will take place at the Turnbull Ground, starting with a clash between Newcastle United and Celtic on Thursday, July 27 (19:45), before Whitby Town take their bow, against Dutch footballing giants AZ Alkmaar on Friday, July 28 (19:45).

The tournament reaches its climax on Saturday, July 28, when the two losers face off in the third-place play-off (13:30), before it culminates in the final, as the two winners battle it out for the specially-commissioned trophy.

Tickets for each game cost £10 for adults, £6 concessions and £3 children and can be booked at the Spa Pavilion, Whitby, through Whitby Town FC or by clicking here.’

Friday morning also brought claims of some of the first team’s pre-season preparations, with visits to Bradford and Ireland said to be on the agenda, read about it here.