The Newcastle team v Bradford has been revealed for the third friendly of pre-season.

The hosts are ahead of NUFC in terms of preparation for the new season, with League One kicking off a week earlier than the Premier League.

Jonjo Shelvey captains the side tonight and perhaps the biggest news is that Matt Ritchie plays his first friendly after recovering from injury.

Karl Darlow is once again missing from the 22 involved tonight after having come in for 25 minutes on the pitch at Preston.

Of the four summer signings, Lejeuen and Atsu start, Murphy and Manquillo on the bench.

This is who Rafa Benitez starts with:

Elliot, Yedlin, Lejeune, Clark, Dummett, Atsu, Shelvey (c), Hayden, Ritchie, Pérez, Gayle

and the Subs:

Woodman, Gámez, Manquillo, Mbemba, Saivet, Colback, Diamé, Aarons, Murphy, De Jong, Mitrović

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

The first team friendlies:

Friday 14 July – Hearts 1 Newcastle 2

Saturday 22 July – Preston 1 Newcastle 1

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 1 Newcastle 2

Saturday 22 July – Gateshead 0 Newcastle 3

Tuesday 25 July – Whitley Bay 0 Newcastle 0

Thursday 27 July – Celtic (at Whitby Town)

Saturday 29 July – AZ Alkmaar or Whitby (at Whitby Town)



  • nevfur

    For what we have at the minute it looks like the first team. I hope we are going to be impressed.

    • Clarko

      Impressed? The only player who can impress is Lejeune, it’s the same team we have watched all last season.

      • nevfur

        At least he seems to be impressing again. Still struggling to score. Need attacking signings

        • Clarko

          4 goals later….

      • nevfur

        Lashelles struggling for fitness so good job Lejeune is settling straight in

        • Clarko

          From what I have seen and read, he has done really well.

          • nevfur

            Seems to have some skill, nice to see in a CB

      • steve

        Seems like Murphy has managed to impress.

        • nevfur

          Two good goals, should help his confidence settling in

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Viva La Rafalution

  • Stephen Paylor

    like mentioned by nev that looks like Rafa’s first eleven

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      the Capts missing

      • nevfur

        Still injured it seems, new boy getting a head start on him

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    I feel the need to take a moment to remind every fool losing their [email protected] mind over transfers that the last time we were promoted Newcastle only brought in 6 new players, 2 of which (Tiote and Ben Arfa) regularly contributed, during the summer window. And that side finish 12th (and sold off Carroll half way through).

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      The best players the team had going forward (Cabaye, Ba, Cisse) weren’t even on the books until summer 2011.