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St Pats set to face Newcastle Utd in July Friendly

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St Patrick’s Athletic are delighted to announce that English Premier League side Newcastle United will face the Saints in Richmond Park, Inchicore on Tuesday July 17 (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Saints will face a Magpies team under the management of Rafael Benitez as part of their preparations for the 2018/19 English Premier League season, with ticket details to be announced next week.

Newcastle United include in their ranks the likes of Republic of Ireland internationals Ciaran Clark and Rob Elliot, while the Saints’ ranks include former Republic of Ireland U21 international and former Newcastle United academy player Lee Desmond.

Speaking to stpatsfc.com about the prospect of facing the English Premier League side, Saints’ manager Liam Buckley expressed his happiness at the news.

“We are all delighted to be in a position to welcome Newcastle United to Richmond Park. We understand that Rafael Benitez will be preparing his side ahead of the beginning of their season in August so we know they will be looking for a good test of their fitness and match sharpness.

“From our side of things, we are delighted to play a top opposition and test ourselves against them as we look to stay sharp in the middle of our own season.

It’s great for the local area of Inchicore too that a side of the calibre of Newcastle United are going to be playing so we are looking forward to hopefully seeing a big crowd in Richmond Park.”

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