Newcastle pre-season takes in Scotland and Portugal

Newcastle have organised friendly matches in Scotland and Portugal ahead of the new Premier League campaign.

Newcastle have organised friendly matches in Scotland and Portugal ahead of the new Premier League campaign.

The Magpies face Motherwell on Tuesday, July 16, before jetting off to play a brace of fixtures against sides in the top division of the Portuguese League.

First up is Rio Ave on July 20 before taking on Pacos Ferreira three days later.

The Magpies have also arranged a trip to Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, on July 29 while a Newcastle XI play St Mirren two days later.

In their only home fixture during pre-season, Newcastle will welcome Braga - another club in Portugal's top flight - to St James' Park on Saturday, August 10.

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