It was 10 days ago that the club revealed there would be five pre-season Newcastle United friendlies (see below).
Tickets are on sale for the opener at St Patrick’s Athletic (17 July), before then Rafa takes his team to Hull a week later (24 July).
The most glamorous game announced so far is away at Porto on Saturday 28 July and today, Newcastle United have confirmed that this will kick off at 7.30pm (local time).
The pre-season is rounded off on Saturday 4 August with the only home friendly, a 3pm kick-off against Augsburg.
Preceding that though will be a fourth away one on Wednesday 1 August and the club have revealed today that we will know the identity of that opposition by the end of this week.
The Mag – 1 June 2018:
Newcastle United friendlies revealed.
Four games announced with another to come.
Kicking off with a friendly away at St Patrick’s Athletic, then four others to come in total.
An away trip to Porto will be popular…
Newcastle United official announcement:
Newcastle United have confirmed four pre-season fixtures ahead of the upcoming 2018/19 Premier League campaign.
Rafa Benítez’s players will report back for training in early July before heading to Carton House in Co. Kildare, Ireland, for a week-long training camp on Wednesday, 11th July.
It will be third successive year that United have visited the complex, which boasts impressive training pitches allied with convenient gym facilities and on-site team-building activities and has been used by Real Madrid, AC Milan and the British & Irish Lions in recent years.
The Magpies will round off the week with a friendly against St. Patrick’s Athletic at their Richmond Park stadium on Tuesday, 17th July (kick-off 7.45pm BST).
United will then travel to Hull City’s KCOM Stadium on Tuesday, 24th July (kick-off 7.45pm BST). The Tigers – managed by Nigel Adkins – finished 18th in the Sky Bet Championship last season.
That will be followed by a friendly at FC Porto as part of the Portuguese giants’ 125th anniversary celebrations. Newcastle will play at the Estádio do Dragão on Saturday, 28th July (kick-off TBC).
The two sides have met twice competitively, with the Magpies winning 1-0 on aggregate in a two-legged Fairs Cup tie in 1969, while they are also linked by Sir Bobby Robson, who managed both clubs.
United will finish their pre-season campaign with a home friendly against German side FC Augsburg.
The Bavarian side will come to St. James’ Park for a 3pm (BST) kick-off on Saturday, 4th August. Das Fuggerstädter finished 12th in Bundesliga last term.
Newcastle are likely to announce one further pre-season friendly for Wednesday, 1st August.
(Important dates this summer):
Thursday 17 May 2018
Premier League summer transfer window opened.
Friday 1 June 2018
Summer transfer window opened in Germany, France, Italy, and Spain.
Saturday 9 June 2018
International transfers can be processed as from this date (though transfers between two English clubs can already be processed). So for example, Newcastle could have announced the permanent signing of Martin Dubravka any time beforehand, but the paperwork would then be processed on this day (or after).
Thursday 14 June 2018
Premier League fixtures released at 9am.
Thursday 14 June 2018
Opening matches of World Cup take place in Russia.
Monday 18 June 2018
England v Tunisia (7pm)
Sunday 24 June
England v Panama (1pm)
Thursday 28 June
England v Belgium (7pm)
Monday 2 July 2018
Newcastle players report back for pre-season training.
Tuesday 10 July 2018
Approx date for first lot of Premier League fixture dates/times for live TV games in August & September (it was 10 July 2017 last summer) to be announced.
Sunday 15 July 2018
World Cup final takes place.
Tuesday 17 July 2018
Friendly: St Patrick’s Athletic v Newcastle United – 7.45pm kick-off
Tuesday 24 July 2018
Friendly: Hull City v Newcastle United – 7.45pm kick-off
Saturday 28 July 2018
Friendly: Porto v Newcastle United – Kick-off time TBC
Wednesday 1 August
Friendly: Away from home but opposition still to be confirmed.
Saturday 4 August 2018
Friendly: Newcastle United v Augsburg – 3pm kick-off
Thursday 9 August 2018
Premier League summer transfer window closes at 5pm.
Saturday 11 August (weekend of) 2018
First set of Premier League matches kick-off.
Friday 31 August 2018
Summer transfer window closes in Germany, Spain, Italy, and France (so after 9 August, Premier League clubs can’t buy any players but those in other European countries, and elsewhere, could still buy Premier League players until their windows close).
Sunday 19 May 2019
Final Premier League matches (all 10 games kick-off at same time).