2 Newcastle United pre-season friendlies announced to be played on same day
The first couple of Newcastle United pre-season friendlies have been announced on Thursday afternoon.
Newcastle to face York City away from home at 2pm on Sunday 18 July, the National League North team managed by former NUFC star Steve Watson.
Whilst on Sunday 18 July (kick-off time to be confirmed), Newcastle United will be playing away at League Two club Harrogate Town.
The more observant will have noticed the two Newcastle United pre-season friendlies are to be played on the same day and the NUFC squad will be split between the two.
A busy summer lies ahead, especially for those clubs with players involved in the European Championship finals postponed from summer 2020.
Newcastle United likely to have less than most involved in the tournament, though the likes of Martin Dubravka and any others are all but certain to start pre-season later if they have been involved in the Euros.
The tournament runs from Friday 11 June to Sunday 11 July, with the final taking place only a week before these two Newcastle friendlies.
I think high likely that Newcastle United won’t be having a pre-season training camp abroad and no surprise if like last summer the NUFC squad are based at the Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate campus near York for a week or so. A venue which of course is handy for both those pre-season friendlies if that is the plan.
Newcastle United Official Announcement:
‘Newcastle United have confirmed their first pre-season friendly fixtures ahead of the 2021/22 season, with Steve Bruce splitting his squad to play two separate friendlies on Sunday, 18th July.
The Magpies will make their first ever visit to the new LNER Community Stadium to face York City with a 2pm (BST) kick-off, as well as taking on League Two side Harrogate Town on the same day (kick-off time to be confirmed).
York are managed by former Newcastle man Steve Watson and the National League North side moved into their new 8,500-capacity ground – which is owned by City of York Council, and is shared with rugby league side York City Knights – in February.
United have only met the Minstermen four times competitively, all in the FA Cup, but Newcastle visited the old Bootham Crescent ground for a friendly in July 2015, losing 2-1 in front of a crowd of 5,406 – 2,048 of them Magpies fans.
Harrogate, who have just enjoyed their first season as a Football League club as well as winning the FA Trophy at Wembley earlier this month, have never played against Newcastle in a competitive match. Their EnviroVent Stadium has a capacity of 5,000.
Ticketing information for both games will be released on nufc.co.uk in due course, along with details of more pre-season friendlies as Bruce’s men prepare for another season in the top flight.’
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