Ex-NUFC duo set to return to St James’ Park as club release 2019 pre-season plans

Newcastle United have released their pre-season plans for 2019, with our trip to China for the Premier League Asia Trophy set to be followed by clashes with Hibernian and Saint-Etienne.

The game against Saint-Etienne could be of particular interest to Newcastle fans, with ex-Mag’s Mathieu Debuchy and Remy Cabella looking set to return to St James’ Park with the Ligue 1 side in August.

Here’s our schedule this summer, with the club confirming that we’ll play FOUR games before the 2019/20 season begins:

  • 17th July  – Wolves (Asia Trophy, Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre, 6pm kick-off [local time])
  • 20th July – Man City OR West Ham United (Asia Trophy, Hongkou Stadium, kick-off tbc)
  • 30th July – Hibernian (Easter Road, 7.45pm kick-off)
  • 3rd August – Saint-Étienne (St. James’ Park, 3pm kick-off)

Hibernian finished 5th in the SPL last season and are currently managed by former Leeds United boss Paul Heckingbottom.

As for Saint-Etienne, the French side enjoyed a strong season in Ligue 1, with them guaranteeing a top-four finish ahead of their final game of the season tonight, with only PSG, Lille and Lyon ahead of them in the table.

There’ll be no pre-season training camp in Ireland this summer – meaning a rare and reluctant break from Carton House – however it seems the trip to Chin and involvement in the Asian Trophy could work wonders from a marketing perspective.

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About Simon Riddlesden

Lifelong Newcastle United fan and East Stand season ticket holder. Observations from a supporter who has followed NUFC during Champions League participation and through relegation, taking me from Milan to Scunthorpe.

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