Newcastle fans in the Transfer Tavern have been reacting to news that their club will be playing a friendly game against Belgian club, Royal Antwerp, during their four-day training camp in Spain this week. The club tweeted the news with a link to the Newcastle website explaining more details on the fixture.
Fans of the club have fond memories of Newcastle’s previous clashes with Royal Antwerp, winning 5-0 and 5-2 in UEFA Cup clashes with the Belgians back in 1994. The Magpies old enough to remember it will be hoping their club can take inspiration from the Toon Army of the mid-nineties as they look to gain momentum in the club’s friendly this Sunday to take into the Premier League’s relegation battle.
Rafa Benitez took a big step towards ensuring Premier League survival on Saturday when St James Park witnessed the Magpies thrash Southampton 3-0 to lift them up to 13th in the table. However, Benitez work isn’t done yet as the club look to reach the magic 40-point mark to ensure survival. The club currently finds themselves on 32 points with eight games remaining in their league campaign.
You can read the Newcastle fans’ verdict here:
Fantastic game between 2 teams with a big history! A honour for us to play against a bpl team.
— cedric de bock (@BockCedric) March 12, 2018
Opponents for my first game at St James', 27th September 1994, night before my 9th birthday…
— Danny Temple (@DannyT1985) March 12, 2018
Mags on tour!
— Emma (@emmazz2015) March 12, 2018
Brings back some great memories #5-0
— Pete Henley (@petehenley66) March 12, 2018
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Come on the toon army, the worlds greatest club pic.twitter.com/1JBVrH2Jzj
— luke gallienne storey (@GallienneLuke) March 12, 2018