Newcastle United have announced a sixth friendly of pre-season.

Rafa Benitez will see his players take on Hellas Verona at St James Park.

The game has been talked about in Italy for the last few weeks and it will see Rafa Benitez meet up again with former assistant Fabio Pecchia, who helped Hellas Verona get promotion at the first time of asking after joining the then relegated club last summer.

Newcastle United official announcement:

Newcastle United will round off their preparations for the 2017/18 Premier League season with a home friendly against Hellas Verona.

The Italian side, who won promotion from Serie B last season, will take on Rafa Benitez’s side at St. James’ Park on Sunday, 6th August, with the game set for a 3pm kick-off (BST).

Verona are managed by former United coach Fabio Pecchia, who left the Magpies just over a year ago to take up his first managerial post with the Gialloblu.

It will be the sixth and final pre-season fixture for Newcastle, who begin their Premier League campaign at home to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, 12th August.

Ticket details will be announced in due course.’

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

The first team friendly schedule is now:

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)

Sunday 6 August – Hellas Verona home 3pm

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)



  • Kev-82

    I remember when we used to attract high standard European teams for our home friendly, now they are expecting a team that were in Italian 2nd division last year to attract the home fans, we best get some transfers in by then or I can see them playing in front of a lot of grey seats.