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Pre-Season Plans Confirmed

Posted on: Tue 31 May 2011

STOKE CITY Football Club can today announce the pre-season plans for Tony Pulis' first team squad ahead of the 2011/12 Barclays Premier League campaign.

The Potters return back to the Clayton Wood Training Ground following a six week summer break on Thursday 7th July, just 24 hours before they are scheduled to fly out to Austria for their annual training camp.

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Pulis and his players will spend six days in the picturesque surroundings of Irdning where the City boss will take full advantage of the climate and altitude to build up the players' fitness ahead of their first friendly on July 16.

The side will travel to South Wales to take on Newport County, who are managed by Anthony Hudson, the son of former Stoke legend Alan, on Saturday, July 16, with a 3pm kick off, before facing City rivals Newport YMCA, the following day at the Mendalgeief Road (2pm).

Preparations for a fourth consecutive top flight campaign will continue against League One outfit Brentford at Griffin Park on Friday, July 22 (7:45pm), with another game against Aldershot Town, whose side include former Stoke defender John Halls, taking place at the Recreation Ground on Saturday, July 23 (3pm).

The Club's inaugural Europa League campaign then gets underway on Thursday, July 28 in the 3rd Qualifying Round 1st Leg, with the 2nd Leg penciled in to take place seven days later on August 4. The draw for this fixture takes place on Friday, July 15.

In between those two encounters the side will travel to Yorkshire on Saturday, July 30, to take on Gary Megson's Sheffield Wednesday side.

The new Premier League season kicks off on Saturday, August 13. The opposition for this game will be announced here on stokecityfc.com on Friday, June 17.

Full pre-season line up so far:

Thursday July 7: Players to report back for pre-season training
Friday July 8: Pre-season Training Camp in Irdning, Austria
Friday July 15: Europa League 3rd Qualifying Round Draw
Saturday July 16: Newport County v Stoke City (3:00pm kick off)
Sunday July 17: Newport YMCA v Stoke City (2:00pm kick off)
Friday July 22: Brentford v Stoke City (7:45pm kick off)
Saturday July 23: Aldershot v Stoke City (3:00pm kick off)
Thursday July 28: UEFA Europa League 3Q 1st Leg Fixture
Saturday July 30: Sheffield Wednesday v Stoke City (1:00pm kick off)
Thursday August 4: UEFA Europa League 3Q 2nd Leg Fixture
Friday August 5: UEFA Europa League Play Off Draw
Saturday August 13: Premier League Opening Fixture

Any more additions to the pre-season calendar will be announced here at stokecityfc.com.

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