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Local lower league side waiting on Newcastle United for fundraising game boost

2 years ago
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Newcastle United have been approached to see if they will accept an invitation to take part in a pre-season friendly, to boost the coffers of a local lower league side.

No, you’re wrong, it is not Sunderland on this occasion…

Instead it is Hartlepool that have made the approach, as reported by the Hartlepool Mail.

The National League outfit are hoping to build the club back up with a recently installed new owner in place so the potential of a moneyspinner against NUFC would be a decent boost as they try to help fund a promotion campaign back to League Two.

Last summer, Hartlepool played Billingham, Dunston UTS, Harrogate Town, Sunderland, St Johnstone, Middlesbrough U23s and Whitley Bay.

However, manager Matthew Bates only wants to have five pre-season friendlies this time and hopes to make Newcastle United the star attraction amongst that.

If Newcastle don’t agree to a game, then the newspaper report says that hopefully Sunderland and/or Middlesbrough would agree to a pre-season kickabout.

Hartlepools so far have one friendly arranged, against Billingham Town on Saturday 7 July.

As for Newcastle, still no confirmation of any pre-season friendlies as yet, although it is expected there will be one in Ireland as part of their pre-season training camp.

Matthew Bates:

“Our pre-season return date is set and we are trying to arrange five pre-season friendlies.

“In the past we have had too many games and that is even forgetting about the workload in pre-season.

“This time we don’t want to cram the games in, especially with a smaller squad, which we will be working on throughout the summer.”

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