Anfield

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Liverpool's famous Anfield stadium will be one of several top flight venues to host Newcastle United's second-string in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League this season.

The fixtures for the new campaign were announced on Friday afternoon and will see Willie Donachie and Peter Beardsley's side travel to the Kop next March as part of the league's new format, which sees one national division comprising of 22 Category 1 Academies.

United's youngsters will also be able to look forward to playing at the Hawthorns home of West Bromwich Albion in September, the Stadium of Light in February and Southampton's St. Mary's in April.

A trip to Reading's magnificent Madejski Stadium will open the Magpies' campaign while they will also play at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium in August and Blackburn's Ewood Park in March.

And there will be three matches at St. James' Park for the team to look forward to - although the majority of Newcastle's home games will again be played at Whitley Park, the home of the Northumberland FA and West Allotment Celtic.

Each team will place each other once, either home or away, with the top four teams in the table progressing to the semi-final stage and final to determine the overall Barclays Under-21 Premier League winners.

AUGUST
Mon 12 Reading (a) - kick-off 7pm at the Madejski Stadium
Sat 17 Wolverhampton Wanderers (h) - kick-off 3pm at St. James' Park
Mon 26 Middlesbrough (a) - kick-off 7pm at the Riverside Stadium

SEPTEMBER
Mon 2 West Ham United (h) - kick-off 1pm at Whitley Park
Mon 16 Everton (h) - kick-off 7pm at St. James' Park
Mon 23 West Bromwich Albion (a) - kick-off 2pm at the Hawthorns

OCTOBER
Mon 7 Bolton Wanderers (h) - kick-off 7pm at Whitley Park
Sat 19 Fulham (a) - kick-off 3pm at Motspur Park

NOVEMBER
Mon 4 Aston Villa (a) - kick-off 7pm at venue to be confirmed

DECEMBER
Mon 2 Chelsea (h) - kick-off 1pm at Whitley Park
Mon 16 Norwich City (h) - kick-off 1pm at Whitley Park

JANUARY
Mon 13 Tottenham Hotspur (a) - kick-off 12 noon at THFC Training Centre
Mon 20 Manchester City (h) - kick-off 7pm at St. James' Park

FEBRUARY
Mon 3 Sunderland (a) - kick-off 7pm at the Stadium of Light
Mon 10 Leicester City (h) - kick-off 7pm at Whitley Park
Mon 17 Manchester United (h) - kick-off 7pm at Whitley Park

MARCH
Mon 3 Blackburn Rovers (a) - kick-off 7pm at Ewood Park
Mon 10 Arsenal (h) - kick-off 1pm at Whitley Park
Mon 24 Liverpool (a) - kick-off to be confirmed at Anfield
Mon 31 Stoke City (h) - kick-off 1pm at Whitley Park

APRIL
Sat 5 Southampton (a) - kick-off 3pm at St. Mary's Stadium