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Another friendly announced and set to be the first to allow Newcastle United fans to attend

7 months ago

Newcastle United fans now waiting for confirmation that they will be allowed to attend their first pre-season friendly.

Monday brought news that Newcastle United fans are banned from attending the York City match at 2pm  on Sunday 18 July. Only 2,000 home supporters will be allowed into their stadium, that game to be played before the government’s Monday 19 July date when most remaining covid-related restrictions are set to be lifted.

A split squad sees Newcastle also playing Harrogate Town same time and same day as the York match, no ticket details so far but very difficult (impossible?) to see Newcastle United fans allowed into that one either.

Newcastle later in July travel to Rotherham on 27 July and then Burton on 30 July.

However, now we have a fifth NUFC pre-season friendly announced and it looks very likely to be the first one Newcastle United fans will be able to attend.

The club announcing (see below) a trip to Doncaster on Friday 23 July, four days after the covid restrictions are set to be lifted.

Government ministers have said this week that this is still very much the date they anticipate the vast majority of restrictions lifting in society, including sporting arenas presumably.

Over 41,000 were allowed inside Wembley for last night’s 2-0 England win over Germany and hopefully next week (starting Monday 5 July) we will get some enlightenment from the government and the football authorities as to what is going to be the case, with regard to fans allowed into matches once we reach that Monday 19 July opening up landmark day.

Doncaster haven’t announced any ticket details so far and I’m guessing they will likely wait until next week when hopefully the Government will be giving extra info on what is going to happen and be allowed, come Monday 19 July.

Newcastle United Official Announcement:

‘Newcastle United have announced their fifth pre-season friendly of the summer – an away game at Doncaster Rovers next month.

The Magpies will travel to the Keepmoat Stadium on Friday, 23rd July for a 7pm (BST) kick-off.

United last visited Rovers ahead of the 2016/17 Championship title-winning campaign, with the sides sharing an entertaining 2-2 draw and Isaac Hayden and Ayoze Pérez on target for Newcastle in front of more than 2,000 travelling supporters. Newcastle also sent a side to Doncaster before the 2008/09 season but Kevin Keegan’s team were beaten 1-0.

The two teams have met eight times in competitive fixtures – nine if you include the EFL Trophy – with Newcastle winning all but one of them, the exception being a 2-2 draw in March 1936. Newcastle’s last league visit there came in March 2010, when Andy Carroll scored the only goal of the game.

Newcastle have already announced that they will split the first team squad for two games in one day, at York City and Harrogate Town, on Sunday, 18th July while they will face Rotherham United at the AESSEAL New York Stadium on Tuesday, 27th July and Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium on Friday, 30th July.

This week it was confirmed that the attendance for the York game will be capped to 2,000, with home fans only. Ticketing information the other friendlies – along with details of further pre-season matches – will be confirmed on in due course.’


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