Hong Kong Soccer Sevens promo video.
As you may know already, a team of Newcastle United’s younger players led by Academy coach Willie Donachie will be competing once again in the seven a side “Hong Kong Soccer Sevens” this weekend, which is being held in (you guessed it) Hong Kong.
They will be defending their title for the main trophy, having won last year’s final against a side of Aston Villa youngsters (a video of that final is below). Here’s hoping we can make it two in a row!
Newcastle United’s football development manager Peter Beardsley will also be taking part in the over 35 “Masters” competition. The Geordie Cruyff will be part of a CLA Discovery Bay team which will also include fellow footballing legends Teddy Sheringham and Darren “sicknote” Anderton.
The Toon bairns will be competing in Group B this year, alongside Leicester City, Southern, and Hong Kong Football Club Captain’s Select team. The competition proper has already got underway with the oldies as I write this, but the main Junior section in which Newcastle United will be competing starts tomorrow.
The group games will all happen on the Saturday, and each game in these stages will consist of two seven minute halves. Once the group stages are resolved, the final knockout games will take place the day after on Sunday. These will be extended twenty minute games.
Newcastle United’s full 10 man squad.
Jak Alnwick (G), Bradden Inman, Sammy Ameobi, James Tavernier, Paul Dummett, Remie Streete, Rolando Aarons, Michael Richardson, Conor Newton, Steven Logan.
Newcastle United’s fixtures (Hong Kong time with UK time in brackets)
Sat, 25th May 3:57PM (8:57AM): Newcastle United 2-0 HKFC Captain’s Select.
Sat, 25th May 5:39PM (10:39AM): Newcastle United 5-0 Southern.
Sat, 25th May 7:38PM (12:39PM): Newcastle United 2-0 Leicester City.
Sun, 26th May: Newcastle United 3-2 Rangers
Sunday, 26th May 7.00PM (12.00 midday): Newcastle United 0-2 Leicester City.
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The Toon winning last year’s final.