Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Long-Haul Trip Will Help Team to Bond; United Ready for Visit to the Glasshouse

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Long-Haul Trip Will Help Team to Bond; United Ready for Visit to the Glasshouse

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Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer

Newcastle United are facing a 23,234-mile round trip Down Under as part of their pre-season preparations for the 2014-15 season.

long-haul trip will be used as a team bonding exercise and to help spread global awareness of the Magpies - - as well as giving ex-pats the chance to see the black and whites in action in two matches against Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix.

trip was already capturing the imagination of supporters Down Under who seldom get the chance to see their side in action.

Newcastle, though, will hope for less problems than their last long-haul experience during pre-season three years ago, when a host of setbacks left the club frustrated.

Magpies lost Hatem Ben Arfa after an ankle injury in a 0-0 draw in the heat of Kansas City before pitch problems in Orlando resulted in an unsuitable roll-on turf pitch being ripped up hours before kick-o- - the plastic surface beneath meant that some players with knee problems were rested.

A 1-0 win for Orlando City was also 1-0 win for Orlando City was also classed as a shock result.

Newcastle then jetted to Columbus where they rounded o- the pre-season. tour with a 3-0 win, only for Jose Enrique's Twitter rant to leave the trip shrouded in negativity, as he complained about the club's lack of ambition.

Despite the controversy, United nished fth in the Premier League and qualied for Europe for the rst time since 2006.

And United manager Alan Pardew will be hoping that his side's long-haul experience can help inspire another positive season.

Newcastle's tour will kick o- at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin during New Zealand's winter.

Stadium. is an indoor venue. It is known as the 'Glasshouse' due to its resemblance to a horticultural hothouse and holds 30,000 fans. It will be there that United take on Sydney FC.

Sky Blues will be without the recently-departed former Italy and Juventus star Alessandro Del Piero but the Australian A | eague side will relish the chance to tackle a Premier League outt. Newcastle will then ay from Dunedin to Wellington on the South Island to face the Phoenix at the Westpac Stadium. …

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