Sky Sports have announced when they will release the dates of Premier League live TV games for August and September.
The Premier League announce the 2017/18 fixtures tomorrow (Wednesday 14 June) at 9am but of course we then have to wait for the TV bosses to decide the exact dates/times when the games are actually played.
On the eve of the fixtures being released, Sky Sports have revealed that fans of Premier League clubs will have to wait at least two and a half weeks after tomorrow’s fixture release, before being able to plan the first two months of the season.
Sky Sports say it will be ‘early July’ when they confirm the Premier League live TV games, with presumably BT Sport announcing their August/September live games at the same time – as per usual.
We have put together a guide to important/not so important dates for you to put in your NUFC diary so far.
14 June – Premier League fixtures released
15 June – New (2017/18) Newcastle United replica kit goes on sale
19 June – Season tickets on sale for seats currently vacant
26 June – Closing date for Season Ticket holders to renew
Early July – Sky Sports say Live TV games will be announced ‘Early July’ for fixtures in August and September, with BT Sport presumably announcing their choices at the same time as normal.
3 July – Newcastle squad returns for pre-season training
17 July – Newcastle U23s (reserves) friendly at Darlington – 7pm kick-off
22 July – First team friendly at Preston – 3pm kick-off
26 July – First team friendly at Bradford – 7.30pm kick-off
27 July – Newcastle U23s play Celtic (at Whitby Town)
29 July – Newcastle U23s play either AZ Alkmaar or Whitby Town (at Whitby Town)
5 August (weekend of) – NUFC have confirmed there will be a home friendly at St James Park this weekend, opposition to be confirmed but Hellas Verona say talks have been held regarding a game against Newcastle.
12 August (weekend of) – Premier League kicks off
20 August – Kevin Keegan will lead a ‘star filled’ team in the first ever Newcastle v Sunderland cricket match at Durham’s Chester Le Street ground. Peter Reid will manage the Mackems. Gates open 12 noon and match starts 2.30pm, it is 20 overs a side and is part of Paul Collingwood’s testimonial year. The match will also be raising funds for the Graham Wylie Foundation, which helps improve the lives of vulnerable children and young people across the north east.
13 May 2018 – Final Premier League fixtures played
***A week’s training camp has been heavily rumoured in Ireland, as happened last summer (the squad flew to Ireland on the Saturday after pre-season training began – with a friendly against Bohemians before they travelled back to Tyneside.
***Friendlies away at both Hearts and Hertha Berlin have also been widely speculated, though no confirmation or dates as yet.