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‘I’ve Heard About Keeping Your Line-Up Secret But…’

9 years ago

Ever since I first watched Newcastle United play, they have baffled me….but this pre-season really takes the biscuit.

Newcastle United still haven’t confirmed their opening set of pre-season friendlies and the first of them is in 36 hours time!

Despite repeated requests by ourselves, Newcastle United haven’t been able to confirm to the fans what is happening, why?

The mind boggles as to why a football club can’t tell its own fans when and where they are playing pre-season friendlies.

If they were behind closed doors warm-up matches then fair enough but the two matches in Germany and the visit to Den Haag all have tickets on sale via the host clubs.

Anybody watching yesterday’s press conference with Alan Pardew on NUFC’s TV channel, might be asking why they didn’t bother asking about this lack of information but I think it is transparent that journalists will have been warned off going down that line of questioning.

While naturally fully supportive of Alan Pardew and all of his players, sometimes it is the smaller things that tell you the story and a club that cannot even tell its supporters when it is playing, suggests not everything is right at Newcastle United.

This is now a summary of where we (believe we) are at with pre-season schedule now!

‘Confirmation’ from the host club that Newcastle will be playing a pre-season friendly in Holland at 5pm on Saturday 4th August.

Tim Krul’s old team, Den Haag, have announced they are hosting United and tickets went on sale yesterday (Wednesday 11th July) over in the Netherlands.

Whether tickets will be on sale at St.James’ Park for travelling fans is a good question, we are awaiting news from Newcastle United, same goes for the other friendlies already confirmed by United and those where information has only come from the opposition or ESPN TV schedules!

The three away friendlies confirmed by NUFC are;

Friday 27th July – Olympiakos (Algarve Stadium) 8.45pm

Saturday 28th July – (Now) SC Braga (Algarve Stadium) 8.45pm

Saturday 11th August – Cardiff City 3pm

As well as these matches, three others have been ‘announced’ in some way but Newcastle have so far declined to comment on them for whatever reason. All a bit mad when the first of these is this Friday.

Friday 13th July 6.30pm – Opposition that day is German lower league side Chemnitzer FC with a 6.30pm kick-off, tickets being sold by the German club following their announcement of the fixture over two weeks ago.

As well as that match, ESPN have included the following two friendlies in their schedules;

Monday 16th July – AS Monaco at the stadium of TSVLandsberg, ESPN list this fixture on their live TV schedules from 6pm to 8pm. Both Monaco and the German hosts have confirmed this fixture via their websites.

Saturday 21st July – Fenerbahce – Rumours have floated around that a fixture against the Turkish club would take place and bizarrely this match is listed by ESPN in their schedules, again 6pm to 8pm, but though the location is given as Vienna, no specific (neutral) ground has been mentioned.

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