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Two Newcastle United friendlies announced on Friday afternoon

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Friday afternoon announcement – Club confirm two Newcastle United friendlies.

We already knew that Newcastle were playing two pre-season games in China (see beow) and now another two warm up matches have been confirmed.

NUFC revealing that there will be a first team visit to play away at Hibs on Tuesday 30 July (7.45pm kick-off).

Then on Saturday 3 August, a week before the Premier League season kicks off, NUFC will host French side St Etienne with a 3pm kick-off.

The club stating that this is a complete schedule now of only four pre-season friendlies.

Whilst obviously that includes a trip to China, back in summer 2014 Newcastle played eight pre-season friendlies which included two in New Zealand.

In summer 2015, there were seven, including three during a trip to America. five in summer 2016, six in summer 2017, with five last (2018) summer.

Newcastle United official announcement:

Newcastle United will take on Hibernian and AS Saint-Étienne in pre-season friendlies as part of their preparations for the 2019/20 Premier League campaign.

The Magpies will travel to Easter Road to face Scottish Premiership outfit Hibs on Tuesday, 30th July (7.45pm kick-off), before welcoming Ligue 1 side Saint-Étienne to St. James’ Park on Saturday, 3rd August (3pm kick-off).

With their participation in this summer’s Premier League Asia Trophy having already been confirmed, the announcement means that United’s pre-season schedule is now complete:

Wednesday, 17th July – Wolverhampton Wanderers (Premier League Asia Trophy, Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre, 6pm kick-off [local time])

Saturday, 20th July – Manchester City/West Ham United (Premier League Asia Trophy, Hongkou Stadium, kick-off tbc)

Tuesday, 30th July – Hibernian (Easter Road, 7.45pm kick-off)

Saturday, 3rd August – AS Saint-Étienne (St. James’ Park, 3pm kick-off)

Managed by former Leeds United boss Paul Heckingbottom, Hibs finished fifth in the Scottish Premiership last term, one place above local rivals Hearts – who the Magpies met in a pre-season fixture two years ago.

Saint-Étienne, meanwhile, are already assured of a top-four finish in the French top flight ahead of this evening’s curtain closer against Angers and currently possess two ex-United players in their squad – right back Mathieu Debuchy, and midfielder Rémy Cabella.

The Mag – 13 May 2019;

The Premier League Asia Trophy details are confirmed.

Newcastle United will play Wolves in Nanjing on Wednesday 17 July.

Kick-off is 6pm (11am UK time) for the friendly tournament game at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Center.

Victory for Newcastle would then see them face whoever comes out on top between Manchester City and West Ham in the other semi-final.

The game between the two winners takes place on Saturday 20 July at 8.30pm (1.30pm UK time).

With play switching to the Hongkou Stadium in Shanghai.

If Newcastle end up in the losers final, they would then be kicking off at 6pm (11am UK) ahead of the final.

If you fancy the trip, or happen to live local…

The Category D tickets start from £10 for the semi-finals and £32 for the final and 3rd/4th play-off, these are daily tickets and gives you access to both matches played on either day.

However, the official allocation Newcastle will put on sale are almost certain to be for higher priced sections.

The Mag – 26 March 2019:

An official announcement from Newcastle United has confirmed participation in the Premier League Asia Trophy this summer.

Several weeks ago, the media revealed that Newcastle United were one of the names being considered.

However, it was then said confirmation wouldn’t happen until the Magpies were confirmed as a Premier League club for the 2019/20 season.

The bookies make Newcastle 150/1 massive longshots to go down now, so the organisers must feel assured now that this won’t happen.

Newcastle will take part along with Wolves, Man City and West Ham in July, details are below.

Newcastle United took part in the very first Asia Trophy in 2003.

Sir Bobby Robson taking his squad to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), where they beat Birmingham 2-1 with goals from Alan Shearer and Shola Ameobi.

Chelsea beat the Malaysian national side in their semi-final.

The final saw Newcastle draw 0-0 with Chelsea, though the blues won 5-4 on penalties.

Dyer, Bowyer, Bellamy and Woodgate all scoring but Shearer, Robert and Jenas all missing.

The Premier League Asia Trophy is held every two years in Asia.

It takes place every other summer to avoid conflicting with the World Cup and European Championships.

Newcastle United official announcement:

‘The Premier League have announced that Newcastle United, Manchester City, West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers will compete for the Premier League Asia Trophy in China this summer.

All four teams will play in a double-header at Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre on Wednesday, 17th July, with a third/fourth place play-off and final staged at Shanghai’s Hongkou Stadium on Saturday, 20th July.

This is the second Premier League Asia Trophy to be held in mainland China, with Beijing hosting the tournament in 2009. It is the first time the biennial tournament has taken place in two different locations, giving more fans the opportunity to enjoy the Premier League experience and witness a world-class line-up of players and managers.

Ticket prices and on-sale dates will be announced soon and the Premier League will continue its commitment to ensuring fans can attend matches at affordable prices. PPSports will be the exclusive broadcaster for the Premier League Asia Trophy in China.

This is the ninth edition of the Premier League Asia Trophy (previously Barclays Asia Trophy). Newcastle United are taking part for the second time after featuring in the inaugural competition in 2003.

Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City are making their third appearance in the tournament and won the trophy in 2013. West Ham United participated in 2009 and it is a debut appearance for Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Premier League Interim Chief Executive Richard Masters said:

“We are delighted to be bringing the Premier League Asia Trophy to China this summer and playing in both Nanjing and Shanghai will be an exciting experience for the league and our clubs. The fans in Asia always offer us an extremely warm welcome and terrific support, and we look forward to seeing them in July.

“In Manchester City we have the reigning Premier League champions competing for the trophy, along with three other excellent clubs in Newcastle United, West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers. I have no doubt the fans can expect some competitive and thrilling Premier League action.”

The Premier League Asia Trophy is part of the league’s ongoing commitment to fans in Asia, and to supporting the development of football at all levels in China.

As part of this, the Premier Skills programme has reached more than one million young people and trained more than 5,000 coaches and referees in 23 cities across China since 2007.

The Premier League also assists China at an elite level through a formal partnership with the Chinese Super League and Chinese FA to help improve the professional game in the country. This bond was further strengthened in 2016 through the UK/China Football Forum and now has a renewed focus on youth development.

In relation to this, a full programme of football development initiatives is planned leading up to and during this year’s tournament, including coach education, referee training and a youth tournament.

The Premier League Asia Trophy will be officiated by Premier League match officials as well as local match officials and will be staged in accordance with Premier League rules.’

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