Matz Sels – Anderlecht
Anderlecht started their title defense Friday against Antwerp. Sels got the start in the opener and was able to get his first shutout of the season. Anderlecht couldn’t put the ball in the net either in a 0-0 draw.
8th place Anderlecht will be at home on Sunday August 6th against 11th place KV Oostende.
Goals Allowed: 1
Goals allowed per match: .5
Alex Gilliead – Bradford City
The Bantams travelled to FC Halifax Town on Saturday for a friendly. The Bantams were too much to handle and won 3-0. Alex Gilliead started the game and played for the entire first half and was subbed out at the start of the second half.
Bradford City will open up their League One season at home to Sean Longstaff and Blackpool on Saturday August 5th. After that, Bradford will host Doncaster Rovers in the first round of the EFL League Cup. The game will be played on Tuesday, August 8th.
Tom Heardman – Bury
Bury went on the road to face Tranmere Rovers in a friendly on Friday, but the match was postponed to a waterlogged pitch.
On August 1st, Bury traveled to face Radcliffe FC in a friendly. Bury played a young side and left Heardman out in a 1-0 win.
Bury open up their League One at home to Walsall on Saturday August 5th. Then for the first round of the EFL League cup, Bury host the Mackems on Thursday August 10th.
Adam Armstrong – Bolton
Armstrong and Bolton hosted Premier League Stoke City in a friendly on Saturday but fell 2-1. Armstrong came on as a sub with 20 minutes to go and made an immediate impact. Armstrong was close on multiple chances, however never found the back of the net.
Bolton start their EFL Championship campaign at home against Leeds United on Sunday, August 6th. After that, Bolton will travel to Crewe Alexandra for the EFL League Cup first round on Wednesday August 9th.
Sean Longstaff – Blackpool
Longstaff and Blackpool traveled to Macclesfield Town in a friendly on Saturday. Blackpool won 2-0 however it was not a great day for Longstaff. He was subbed out in the 22nd minute due to a head wound. He had stitches above his eye however he is not expected to miss any matches.
Blackpool’s next match will be the opening League One match away to Alex Gilliead and Bradford City on Saturday, August 5th. After that, Blackpool will travel to Ivan Toney and Wigan Athletic for the first round of the EFL League Cup. The game will be played Tuesday, August 8th.
Ivan Toney – Wigan
Ivan scored 6 goals this preseason for the U23s and won the team a four-team tournament. That type of performance plus his successful loan spell at Shrewsbury Town last year caught the eye of many clubs. It was Wigan Athletic that were able to get the player.
Wigan will open their season in League One on Saturday, August 5th away to MK Dons. After that match, Wigan will be home against rivals Blackpool and fellow Newcastle Loanee Sean Longstaff in the first round of the EFL League Cup. The game will take place on Tuesday August 8th.
Saturday July 29th, 2017
Newcastle U23s – 4
Ivan Toney (5, 38, 71)
Mo Sangare (90+1)
AZ Alkmaar – 1
Team: Nathan Harker, Michael Newberry, Kyle Cameron, Jack Hunter, Josef Yarney, Macauley Gillesphey, Luke Charman, Dan Barlaser, Ivan Toney, Callum Roberts, Victor Fernandez
Subs Used: Callum Smith (47’), Mo Sangare (69’), Callum Williams (69’), Yasin Ben El-Mhanni (69’), Owen Gallacher (74’), Ben Kitchen (78’) Owen Baily (81’)
Yellow Card: Michael Newberry
Newcastle United U23s have won the Whiby Town Challenge after beating AZ Alkmaar 4-1. Ivan Toney was the man to thank as his 2 goals in the semifinals and Hattrick on this day propelled the team to the title. Ivan Toney scored his 3rd goal in the 71st minute on a penalty. Mo Sangare was the only other goal scorer getting the team’s 4th goal in extra time.
Tuesday August 1st, 2017
Newcastle U23s – 4
Owen Bailey x2
Ashington – 2
Team: Paul Woolston, Craig Spooner, Ben Kitchen, Matthew Longstaff, Yannick Aziakonou, Owen Bailey, Mackenzie Heaney, Mo Sangare, Lewis McNall, Juanito, Adam Wilson
Subs Used: Lewis Cass, Nathan Harker, Kelland Watts, Liam Smith, Tyrique Bartlett
A young side was played by Peter Beardsley in a 4-2 win for the U23s. Owen Bailey got two goals and Adam Wilson and Lewis McNall each got one in what seemed to be an easy victory. Newcastle were up 4-0, but two 2nd half goals from Ashington made it a contest.
The U23s will now start their season in the Premier League 2 on the road against Stoke City. The game will be played on Saturday, August 12th.
Friday July 29th, 2017
Newcastle U18s – 0
O’higgins – 2
Newcastle started a real young team in the third-place game and did not have enough to compete against the Chilean side. Newcastle finished in fourth place for the tournament.
The U18s next match will be the start of their league campaign. They are home to Manchester City with the game being played on Saturday, August 12th.