Romain Amalfitano scores against Gateshead

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

A now traditional visit to non-league neighbours Gateshead is part of Newcastle United under-21s' pre-season friendly fixture list, announced on nufc.co.uk.

Willie Donachie and Peter Beardsley's side, who reached the final of the Citibank Hong Kong Football Club International Soccer Sevens last month, will warm up with two behind-closed-door games before playing two matches in England either side of a pair of games north of the border.

They include a trip to Scottish League Cup holders St. Mirren, which will see a number of first-team squad players join the under-21s in Paisley. Paul Dummett and Conor Newton both had successful loan spells with the Buddies last term.

First up this summer is a practice match at the Magpies' training ground against Hamilton Academicals on Tuesday, 16th July and another behind-closed-doors clash against Southampton on Saturday, 20th July. No members of the public will be admitted to these games.

However, spectators will be welcomed by Blue Square Bet North outfit Workington when Newcastle head to Borough Park on Wednesday, 24th July.

Then on Saturday, 27th July, United will take on Kilmarnock in Ayrshire, although the kick-off time has yet to be confirmed, before the meeting with St. Mirren at St. Mirren Park three days later. Ticket prices are £15 for adults, £8 concessions and £5 for children.

Finally, the Magpies will cross the River Tyne to take on Anth Smith's Gateshead at the International Stadium on Saturday, 3rd August. The Heed have announced that admission prices will be £10 for adults, £5 concessions and £2 for under-16s.

The full list of under-21 pre-season friendlies is:

Tuesday, 16th July - Hamilton Academical home (behind closed doors)
Saturday, 20th July - Southampton home (behind closed doors)
Wednesday, 24th July - Workington away (kick-off 7.30pm)
Saturday, 27th July - Kilmarnock away (kick-off TBC)
Tuesday, 30th July - St. Mirren away (kick-off 7.30pm)
Saturday, 3rd August - Gateshead away (kick-off 3pm)

For Newcastle United's first-team pre-season schedule, stay logged on to nufc.co.uk