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Newcastle United announce home friendly (No it isn’t Barcelona, Juventus or Bayern…)

2 weeks ago
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Newcastle United have announced their latest pre-season friendly.

After five away games had been arranged, this is the first announced for St James Park.

Back in the day (pre Mike Ashley) we saw the likes of Bayern Munich, Juventus and Barcelona rocking up pre-season.

However, as is the case with his overall running of the club, with friendlies Mike Ashley has always done his best to remove any excitement or anticipation from the equation.

Usually the token home pre-season friendly is against some zero interesting nondescript opposition from the likes of Holland.

However, this time they are from the exotic far away land of Norfolk.

Newcastle United hosting Norwich City on Saturday 7 August at 2pm, eight days before kicking off the season against West Ham.

Newcastle are scheduled to host Norwich in the Premier League on 1 December but instead we will get an early sight of Tim Krul and teammates.

The pre-season schedule now reads:

Sunday 18 July – York City away (2pm)

Sunday 18 July Harrogate Town away(2pm)

Friday 23 July – Doncaster Rovers away (7pm)

Tuesday 27 July – Rotherham United away (7pm)

Friday 30 July – Burton Albion away (7.45pm)

Saturday 7 August – Norwich home (2pm)

Newcastle United Official Announcement:

Newcastle United will face Premier League new boys Norwich City in a pre-season friendly ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.

The Magpies will welcome Daniel Farke’s newly-promoted side to St. James’ Park on Saturday, 7th August, with kick-off set for 2pm.

The game takes place the weekend before United entertain West Ham United in their opening Premier League game on Sunday, 14th July (2pm kick-off).

And the clash with Farke’s side is the first home friendly confirmed by Newcastle prior to the start of the new season, with trips to York City, Harrogate Town, Doncaster Rovers, Rotherham United and Burton Albion already in the diary for July.

Ticket details for the visit of the Canaries, as well as Steve Bruce’s men’s other pre-season friendlies, will be confirmed in due course.

The Norwich squad contains some faces which will be familiar to Magpies fans, with goalkeeper Tim Krul having played a crucial role in helping to secure their return to the top flight last term.

The Dutchman was a popular figure at St. James’ Park, making almost 200 appearances for the club during a 12-year spell.

And centre back Grant Hanley, who spent the 2016/17 season on Tyneside, is also a key part of Farke’s squad.

The Scotland defender won the Championship with Newcastle, before repeating the feat twice after his move to Carrow Road.

Magpies head coach Steve Bruce also played for the Canaries between 1984 and 1987, in between spells at Gillingham and Manchester United.’

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