Magpies confirm pre-season friendly against Barnsley
Written by Dan King
Newcastle United will entertain Sky Bet Championship side Barnsley in a behind-closed-doors pre-season friendly later this month.
Steve Bruce's Magpies will welcome the Tykes to their Benton training ground on Saturday, 29th August for a 3pm (BST) kick-off.
It is United's first confirmed friendly of the summer, with others set to be announced over the next few days. Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic and the Government guidelines around it, spectators will not be able to attend and fans and members of the media are asked not to travel to the training ground perimeter.
Barnsley dramatically escaped relegation on the final day of last season. The two sides last met on the final day of the 2016/17 Sky Bet Championship campaign as Newcastle won 3-0 and memorably clinched the title.
United first team coach Steve Agnew began his playing career with the Tykes, making more than 200 appearances for the South Yorkshire club between 1983 and 1991, while the Magpies' Academy Manager Joe Joyce played more than 350 times for Barnsley and Academy coach Kevin Richardson also spent time at Oakwell as a player.