Essential NUFC Dates For Your Diaries
ESPN have chosen to show United’s first two games of the season, starting with the home fixture against Tottenham Hotspur at St.James’ Park and then the trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea the following week.
Sky Sports have selected away fixtures at Everton, Sunderland and Liverpool, as well as the home clash with Manchester United.
Spurs (H) – Saturday 18th August but moved to 5.30pm (ESPN)
Chelsea (A) – Saturday, 25th August but also moved to a 5.30pm kick-off (ESPN)
Everton (A) – Monday 17th September 8pm (was Sat 15th Sept) (SKY)
Manchester United (H) – Sunday 7th October 4pm (was Sat 6th Oct) (SKY)
Mackems (A) – Sunday 21st October 1.30pm (was Sat 20th Oct) (SKY)
Liverpool (A) – Sunday 4th November 4pm (was Sat 3rd Nov) (SKY)
In addition, Newcastle’s home game against Aston Villa will now be played on Sunday 2nd September 4pm but will not be televised, this is due to our Europa League second leg play-off match on the Thursday.
The home match against the mackems in April has also already been moved due to the intervention of Northumbria Police, now scheduled for 1.30pm on Sunday 14th April rather than the Saturday. Only nearer the time will we discover if it will also be added to the televised schedule.
You will also notice that our fixture against Chelsea remains scheduled for Saturday, 23rd August, despite our Europa League fourth qualifying round fixture on the preceding Thursday (23rd August).
Newcastle United have announced the following with regard to playing Chelsea only two days after the Europa Cup 1st leg play-off match;
‘Prior to the TV selections being made, and in accordance with normal procedure, the Club made an application to move the Chelsea game to Sunday 26th August. Unfortunately the Metropolitan Police refused this request on the basis of other scheduled activities in and around London at this time.
The Club and the Premier League subsequently made representations to UEFA to request that our Europa League match be moved from the Thursday to the Wednesday in order to avoid the team having to play two games in three days. UEFA unfortunately rejected this request’.
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