Newcastle United official announcement – St James Park to host final pre-season friendly
St James Park will host the fourth and friendly of the pre-season.
A Newcastle United official announcement confirming on Friday morning that Stoke will be the visitors for a 3pm kick-off on Saturday 5 September.
Whilst Brighton put themselves forward as a venue to test a return of fans to stadiums and will have 2,500 supporters at their friendly against Chelsea, no such progressive move / offer from Mike Ashley and his minions, with this game at St James Park behind closed doors.
This friendly against Stoke had been reported down in the Potteries a couple of weeks ago and will be the only pre-season match at St James Park ahead of the new season.
Newcastle United official announcement:
Newcastle United will entertain Championship side Stoke City in their final pre-season friendly ahead of the 2020/21 Premier League season.
The Potters – managed by former Magpies midfielder Michael O’Neill – will travel to St. James’ Park on Saturday, 5th September for a 3pm (BST) kick-off.
Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic and the Government guidelines around it, spectators will not be able to attend the match.
Steve Bruce’s side kicked off their pre-season campaign with a 3-0 win against Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday – part of a week-long training camp at the multi-million pound Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate complex in the Yorkshire countryside, and will face Barnsley and Middlesbrough in behind-closed-doors training ground matches ahead of Stoke’s visit.
The kick-off time for Saturday’s game against Barnsley has been moved forward to 1pm (BST), having originally been scheduled for 3pm.
Listed below is a summer timetable, showing important dates and moments to note:
Hopefully in the days and weeks to come, we will be adding in a few credible new signings…
Friday 3 July – New third choice keeper Mark Gillespie signs on a free transfer
Sunday 26 July – Newcastle end season with 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, ending the season with 4 wins in final 20 games
Monday 27 July – Summer transfer window opens
Thursday 30 July – Saudi PIF release statement saying pulling out of Newcastle United takeover.
Friday 14 August – Premier League / Richard Masters finally respond with public letter on NUFC takeover.
Friday 21 August – Steve Bruce says that Saivet, Lazaar and Aarons are on transfer list (not exactly news as this has been case for years!)
Saturday 22 August – Matty Longstaff signs new two year contract.
Monday 24 August – Jeff Hendrick signs on a free.
Week beginning Monday 24 August – First set of live TV Premier League choices to be announced
Tuesday 25 August (2pm) – Newcastle win 3-0 in friendly against Crewe at training camp base near York
Wednesday 26 August – The club refuse to comment on the absence so far of Joelinton and Muto in pre-season.
Saturday 29 August (1pm) – Friendly v Barnsley at NUFC training ground
Tuesday 1 September (1pm) – Friendly v Middlesbrough at Boro training ground
Saturday 5 September – Newcastle v Stoke, final pre-season friendly, 3pm kick-off at St James Park.
Saturday 5 and Tuesday 8 September – First international ‘break’ of season, England play Iceland and Denmark
Saturday 12 September – (Premier League kick-off) West Ham (a)
Tues/Wed 15/16 September – League Cup second round
Saturday 19 September – Brighton (h)
Tues/Wed 22/23 September – League Cup third round
Saturday 26 September – Spurs (a)
Tues/Wed 29/30 September – League Cup fourth round
Saturday 3 October – Burnley(H) and the first chance of some fans potentially being let into St James Park, news awaited.
Monday 5 October – Summer transfer window closes
Thursday 8 October, Sunday 11 October and Wednesday 14 October – Second international ‘break’ of season, England play Wales, Belgium and Denmark
Saturday 17 October – Man Utd (h)
Saturday 24 October – Wolves (a)
Saturday 31 October – Everton (h)
Saturday 7 November – Southampton (a)
Sunday 15 November and Wednesday 18 November – Third international ‘break’ of season, England play Belgium and Iceland.
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