Newcastle United's first pre-season friendly is confirmed - here's who they'll be playing

Newcastle United will face Barnsley in a pre-season friendly, the South Yorkshire side have confirmed.
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Steve Bruce

The Premier League is set to resume in September and Steve Bruce’s side will play a number of warm-up games prior to the big kick-off.

And Barnsley have confirmed that they will face-off against Newcastle on Saturday, August 29 (3pm).

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The game will be played behind closed doors at the Magpies’ Benton training base.

Barnsley pulled off a dramatic escape to avoid relegation from the Championship last season, with new manager Gerhard Struber catching the eye after an impressive turnaround.

The friendly with the Tykes will begin a very different summer for the Tynesiders.

While Newcastle usually jet-off for a pre-season tour, overseas excursions are understood to be off the cards for most clubs this summer.

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Indeed, all friendlies played on home soil will be behind closed doors due to current government guidance over attendance of spectators at sporting events.