Gateshead have confirmed their full pre-season friendly schedule on Tuesday lunchtime and it includes a game against a Newcastle United XI.

The match will take place on Saturday 22 July at  Gateshead’s International Stadium with a 3pm kick-off.

This is also the day that Newcastle are sending a first team line-up to Preston for a friendly game.

Depending on who is at the club when the matches come around, some better known Newcastle players may be involved in that match against Gateshead, if Rafa Benitez thinks they could do with a run out. For simple match fitness, or maybe in terms of letting potential buyers see that particular players are free from injury.

The first team and reserve/Under 23 pre-season schedules are as follows so far –

The first team friendly schedule so far is:

Friday 14 July – Hearts away 7.45pm

Saturday 22 July – Preston away 3pm

Wednesday 26 July – Bradford away 7.30pm

Saturday 29 July – Mainz away 4pm local time (3pm UK time)

Wednesday 2 August – Wolfsburg away 4pm local time (3pm UK time)

Under 23/Reserves pre-season friendlies:

Monday 17 July – Darlington (at the Northern Echo Arena)

Saturday 22 July – Gateshead (at International Stadium)

Thursday 27 July – Celtic (at Whitby Town)

Saturday 29 July – AZ Alkmaar or Whitby (at Whitby Town)