Newcastle United play their first friendly tonight, a kickabout against St Patrick’s Athletic in Dublin.

That starts a run of four away friendlies in the space of two weeks, with also trips to Hull, Porto and Braga.

The pre-season friendlies are then rounded off with a game at St James Park.

This is the pattern that has been followed in recent seasons, the one home friendly a week before the new season kicks off.

Once again also, the opposition is not exactly enticing, you are essentially going to see NUFC. Long gone are the pre-Mike Ashley days of playing the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich pre-season, this time it is mid-table German club Augsburg.

Newcastle United have released ticket details (see below) and tickets are priced realistically at £10 adults and £5 concessions.

However, they also warn they are doubling prices if you just turn up on the day.

I understand it is a benefit to know roughly the expected crowd in advance, so can plan how many matchday staff etc but seems a bit extreme doing it for a friendly.

If you suddenly decide/find you can make the game on 4 August and have a family (which is who these games are mainly aimed at) to take, having to pay up to £64 for two adults and two kids to watch NUFC against Augsburg…

Newcastle United Official Announcement:

Tickets for Newcastle United’s final pre-season friendly of the summer, against FC Augsburg, are now on sale.

The Magpies welcome the Bundesliga side to St. James’ Park on Saturday, 4th August (3pm kick-off), in what will be their final outing ahead of the new Premier League campaign.

Tickets are priced at just £10 for adults and £5 for concessions, and can be purchased by visiting book.nufc.co.uk, phoning 0844 372 1892 (calls cost 7p per minute plus your network access charge), or by visiting the St. James’ Park Box Office.

There will be a booking fee of £1 per ticket for non-season ticket holders. Please note that prices on the day of the game will rise to £20 for adults and £10 for concessions.

The club will initially be selling lower bowl seats only.

Meanwhile, tickets for United’s pre-season friendlies at Hull City and FC Porto went on general sale at 10am on Tuesday.