Chris Morgan has thanked John Carver for making his testimonial against Newcastle United possible.

The former Sheffield United Captain thinks it is a ‘brilliant fixture’ and is counting on thousands travelling from the north east.

Morgan played under John Carver when the Newcastle Head Coach was coaching alongside Gary Speed, before the former Newcastle midfielder left to manage Wales.

The game takes place on Sunday 26 July but has an awkward kick-off time of 1pm, presumably to try and restrict  the amount of alcohol fans will consume pre-match.

Three local charities will benefit from the proceeds of the friendly match.

“It promises to be a brilliant fixture and one that should benefit both clubs in pre-season preparations, but it wouldn’t have been possible without the massive help of JC (John Carver) and Lee (Charnley).

“Despite having more important things on their minds in recent weeks, they have stuck to their word about going ahead with the fixture if Newcastle preserved their top-flight status.”

Large numbers:

“They are touring the USA and the fixture against us will be their first back on English soil upon their return so I am sure, like they always do, their fans will come down from the north east in large numbers.

“For us, it will give the new manager (Nigel Adkins) a chance to experience Bramall Lane as the home Gaffer before the season starts in August and it will be an important occasion with that in mind.”

The match at Bramall Lane is one of seven pre season friendlies announced by Newcastle, to see full details of the friendly schedule go HERE.


  • RexN

    It will be interesting to see how our new manager does against Adkins, an up and coming manager who took Pardew’s Southampton up two divisions and played some entertaining football on the way.

  • dude 1

    We will not have to wait long with regards to new manager as it looks to be the clown from Derby just when you thought the fat controller had seen the light he employes another idiot this was his golden opportunity to show the fans that he has turned a corner but no he fcuk up again he will never learn

  • GToon

    Yes, according to the bbc he “guided us to safety” on the last day of the season. Like somehow we would have gone down if it wasn’t for him. If we had no manager we would have done better. The unrest and uncertainty he created did a lot more for sky sports last day thriller than it did for our club.

  • fireflyuk

    RexN It won’t be interesting at all, its just a testimonial.

  • amacdee

    In another online article, there was a quote which said “Carver saved them (NUFC) on the last day of the season” which rivals “Blatter to take early retirement to let younger people into the organisation” for utter bollox

  • Drumbo

    Chris Morgan – what I remember about him, he is the dirtiest player to grace the Premier League. He couldn’t compete at the highest level, so all he would do is constantly foul and hack, often leaving his foot or elbow in. He was that bad he wouldn’t even get in our current team!
    If Carver was in charge he would try and get him on a free…

  • valle1

    So its McClaren for certain now? I hope the fans react to this by not getting a season ticket and keep the pressure on MA.