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Harrogate Town now advertising Newcastle United kick-off time amidst doubts about fans

7 months ago

Only 12 days until the NUFC squad returns for pre-season on Monday 5 July, whilst it is 26 days until Newcastle United kick off their pre-season friendly schedule on Sunday 18 July.

Newcastle United travel to York City for a 2pm kick-off on that Sunday (18 June).

Whilst with Steve Bruce splitting their squad in two, Newcastle will also play at Harrogate Town that day.

It had been kick-off time ‘to be confirmed’ for the Harrogate match and now the home side are advertising that as a 2pm kick-off as well.

From the Harrogate Town official site:

No news / confirmation from Newcastle United on this Harrogate match kick-off time but we are now used to hearing updates first via the opposition, rather than from NUFC.

No news on tickets so far for either of these first two Newcastle friendlies of pre-season and with this date (18 July) currently scheduled to be the day before lockdown restrictions are lifted in England, it remains to be seen just how many, if any, fans will be allowed into either the York or Harrogate matches.

If decent numbers aren’t allowed, it will feel a real kick in the teeth for both Harrogate and York, as they will be denied decent pay days via the turnstiles.

Something which will feel even more unfair if not many / any are allowed to attend the friendlies, due to the announcement today that for both the two semi-finals and final (which is seven days before the two NUFC friendlies) of Euro 2020 at Wembley, the Government are allowing 75% of capacity, which will mean more than 60,000 allowed at each of the three matches.

When you think of all the problems of large numbers getting to and from Wembley, as well as the mixing inside the stadium, it would feel really unfair if a few thousand fans, including Newcastle supporters, aren’t allowed into each of the two friendlies.

There are only two other Newcastle friendlies confirmed so far.

Tuesday 27 July – Newcastle United away at League One Rotherham, kick-off at 7pm.

Friday 30 July – NUFC friendly away at League One Burton Albion, with a 7.45pm kick off.

Listed below is a summer timetable, showing important dates and moments to note, including the now four friendlies and confirmation of Premier League dates and times for August.


Wednesday 9 June

Summer transfer window opens.

Wednesday 16 June

Premier League fixtures released at 9am. Newcastle facing West Ham at home in their first match of the new PL season.

Monday 21 June

Fabian Schar celebrates as defeats for Finland and Ukraine mean that they finish third in groups B and C respectively, both on three points. Which means the Newcastle defender and Switzerland now guaranteed to be one of the four best third placed teams having ended their group A matches with four points.

Emil Krafth another Newcastle United player through to the last 16, as Sweden are top of their group with four points and one game to play against Poland on Wednesday.

Paraguay 0 Argentina 1

Miguel Almiron and Paraguay were the more dominant team but couldn’t find a goal, losing only a second game in their last eleven. This Copa America group clash saw Lionel Messi create a bit of history, becoming the joint most capped Argentina player, now on 147 caps which is the same as Javier Mascherano.

Tuesday 22 June

England v Czech Republic

Scotland v Croatia (Ryan Fraser)

Wednesday 23 June

Slovakia v Spain (Martin Dubravka)

Sweden v Poland (Emil Krafth)

Thursday 24 June

Paraguay v Chile (Miguel Almiron – Copa America)

Sunday 27 June

Paraguay v Uruguay (Miguel Almiron – Copa America)

Monday 5 July

Newcastle United squad return to start pre-season preparations.

Saturday 10 July

Copa America final in Argentina (possible Miguel Almiron participation).

Sunday 11 July

Final of Euro 2020 at Wembley (possible Schar, Fraser, Krafth, Dubravka participation).

Sunday 18 July

Newcastle United splitting their squad and playing two friendlies on this day, one of them away at York City with a 2pm kick-off.

The other one away at Harrogate Town with Harrogate now quoting a 2pm kick-off time but no confirmation of that from NUFC so far (these games linked to training camp at nearby Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate campus just outside York, where NUFC also went last summer).

Tuesday 27 July

Newcastle United first team friendly away at League One Rotherham, kick-off at 7pm.

Friday 30 July

NUFC friendly away at League One Burton Albion, with a 7.45pm kick off.

Sunday 15 August

Newcastle kick off at 2pm at home to West Ham, live on Sky Sports.

Saturday 21 August

Confirmed as not moved for live TV, 3pm kick-off away against Aston Villa.

Saturday 28 August

Confirmed as not moved for live TV, 3pm kick-off home against Southampton.

Monday 30 August

First international break starts.

Tuesday 31 August

Summer transfer window closes at 11pm.

Monday 4 October

Second international break starts.

Monday 8 November

Third international break starts.

Monday 21 March 2022

Fourth international break starts.

Sunday 22 May 2022

Premier League 2021/22 season ends.


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