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Newcastle United Official Announcement – Second friendly sees NUFC fans banned

6 months ago

A Newcastle United Official Announcement on Friday afternoon has revealed that a second pre-season friendly will see no NUFC fans present.

We already knew that Newcastle fans were banned from the friendly at York City.

Now the club have stated that the same is the case for the game at Harrogate Town.

Both matches are to be played in front of home fans only on Sunday 18 July with a 2pm kick-off, the NUFC squad split in two.

That date of course is one day before most virus restrictions are set to be lifted, including limits on capacity at football matches.

Doncaster Rovers have already said Newcastle fans will get an allocation for the game on Friday 23 July, though NUFC haven’t put those tickets on sale yet.

Hopefully Newcastle fans will also be allowed into the friendlies at Rotherham and Burton, as well of course the home friendly with Norwich.

Newcastle United pre-season friendlies:

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:

‘Harrogate Town have confirmed that their pre-season friendly against Newcastle United this month will be open to home fans only.

United head to the EnviroVent Stadium for a 2pm kick-off on Sunday, 18th July – the same day they take on York City at their new LNER Community Stadium, with head coach Steve Bruce set to split his squad for the fixtures.

But due to COVID-19 regulations and a reduced capacity at the League Two side’s ground, Town have announced that areas usually reserved for away supporters currently fall within the ‘red zone’ so there will be no away ticket allocation.

That means no Magpies supporters will be permitted to attend either the Harrogate or York fixtures this month, with ticket details for United’s other pre-season friendlies set to be announced on in due course.

But Town are set to provide a live stream of the match, while York have also confirmed their intention to stream the game on their official YouTube channel, with donations encouraged via a ‘virtual turnstile’ – meaning Newcastle supporters will be able to watch Bruce’s side’s first outings of 2021/22 from home.’


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