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Premier League, EFL and Non League: Friendlies Review – 23rd July 2023

Club football is in full swing and we have a pre-season friendlies review covering our Premier League, EFL and non league sides.

Players are starting to get back in shape for the beginning of the new campaign. Depending on the club, they head to places with better climatic conditions than at home to ease the players in, or to places with harsher climates so the players could hit the ground running when the season kicks in.

It also gives managers the opportunity to blend new players into the team, try out different tactics or help players adapt to a new manager and his techniques.

Commercial aspects for top flight sides can be the main reason for the tours. The team is in a place where they want to increase the fanbase, regardless of the climate and/or conditions and made to play high-profile friendlies which are of absolutely no use, as the only purpose they fulfill is filling the stadiums. Despite the torrential rain, bad condition of the pitch, efforts were made till the last minute to make sure the match happened.

The commercial aspect has now become the priority, which shouldn’t be the case. If you go to another country, Premier League / big six clubs should play the local teams for the simple reason that it helps everyone.

Right, time to take a look at the Premier League, EFL and non league friendlies review…

Chelsea (Eng) 4-3 Brighton (Eng)

Chelsea: Kepa; Gusto (Humphreys, 70), Silva (Chalobah, HT), Colwill (Hall, 80), Chilwell (Cucurella, HT); Santos (Fernandez, 62), Gallagher; Sterling (Angelo, 62), Chukwuemeka (Casadei, HT), Maatsen (Mudryk, HT); Nkunku (Jackson, 62)

Unused Chelsea subs: Cumming, Bergstrom, Gilchrist, Moreira, Burstow

Brighton: Steele (Verbruggen, HT); Gross (Weir, 67), Van Hecke, Webster (Alzate, 56), March (Undav, HT); Gilmour (Ayari, 56), Dahoud (Andingra, HT), Hinshelwood (Samuels, 66), Lallana (Veltman, HT); Mitoma (Enciso, 53); Welbeck (Joao Pedro, 53)

Unused Brighton subs: Ferguson, Peupion, Baker-Boaitey

Attendance: 65,128

Yokohama M. (Jpn) 3-5 Man City (Eng)

CITY XI: Ortega Moreno, Walker (C) (Cancelo 45), Stones (Dias 45), Akanji (Laporte 45), Ake (Lewis 45), Phillips (Rodrigo 45), Kovacic (Foden 45), McAtee (Bernardo 45 – Perrone 75), Palmer (Bobb 45), Grealish (Gomez 45), Alvarez (Haaland 45)

Subs: Ederson, Carson, De Bruyne

YOKOHAMA F. MARINOS XI: Ichimori, Matsubara, Hatanaka, Eduardo, Nagato, Watanabe, Kida, Junior, Mizunuma, Lopes, Elber

Subs: Iikura, Shirasaka, Kanijima, Saneto, Yoshio, Yamane, Kimura, Sakakibara, Uenaka, Inoue, Matheus, Miyaichi, Murakami, Sugimoto

North Carolina (Usa) 2-4 Sunderland (Eng)

Sunderland ended their pre-season tour of the US with a 4-2 victory against North Carolina.  

Jay Matete opened the scoring on the 4th minute before Danny Batth headed home a Patrick Roberts’ corner 10 minutes later. 

The winger made it 3-0 late in the first half, with Jack Clarke adding a fourth before the interval.  Rafa Mentzingen pulled one back for the hosts and Louis Perez made it 4-2 on 60 minutes, but the EFL club regained control to ensure three wins from three in North America.

Sunderland AFC: Patterson, Seelt (Anderson 45), Batth, Johnson (Hume 89), Gooch, Matete (Taylor 27), Rigg, Jobe, Roberts, Clarke, Bennette.

Bristol City (Eng) 8-0 Newport (Wal)

Nahki Wells scored four, with Sam Bell and Zak Vyner getting on each and a brace from Alex Scott completed the thrashing.

Bristol City XI: Wiles-Richards; Leeson, Vyner, Araoye, Pring; King, Scott, Williams; Cornick, Wells, Bell

Subs: Basic, Meerholz, Morrison, Campbell-Slowey, Francois 

Newport XI: Day (GK), Delaney, Trialist A, Clarke, Bondswell, McLoughlin, Wildig, Bennett, Wood, Rai, Palmer-Houlden 

Subs: Townsend (GK), Trialist B, Trialist C, Morris, Bright, Bowen, C. Evans, Lonergan, Alexander-Walker.

Cambridge Utd (Eng) 2-1 Ipswich (Eng)

Cambridge United: Stevens, Okedina (L. Bennett, 61), R. Bennett, Morrison, Dunk (Andrew, 61), Digby, Thomas (Simper, 72), Brophy (McConnell, 78), Lankester (Yearn, 78), Janneh (Okenabirhie, 61), Ahadme (Trialist, 78)

Subs Not Used: Holden, Sandiford, Hoddle

Goalscorers: Janneh (28’), Morrison (89’)


Ipswich Town: Hladky, Carr (H. Barbrook, 75), Woolfenden, Burgess, Davis (F. Barbrook, 86), Evans, Luongo (Ayinde, 56), Hutchinson (Morgan, 75), Chaplin, Harness, Ladapo

Subs Not Used: Hayes

Goalscorers: Davis (2’)

Bookings: Chaplin

Referee: John Brooks

Attendance: 2936 (517 away fans)

Barnsley (Eng) 3-4 Blackburn (Eng)

ROVERS: Pears, Gamble (Atcheson 76), Barnes (Montgomery 57), S. Wharton, Batty (Davies 87), Garrett, Weston (O’Grady-Macken 57), Buckley, Gilsenan (Wood 85), Markanday (Edmondson 78), Leonard (Bloxham 76).
Subs: Eastham, Hilton.

Goals: Leonard (62), Buckley (72 pen), Gilsenan (74), Bloxham (84)

BARNSLEY: Roberts, Cotter (Trialist), James (Shepherd), Lopata, Kitching, Cadden, Styles (Chapman), Phillips, Kane, Shaw (Norwood 46), Cole.
Subs: Killip, Winfield, Makiessi Marsh.

Goals: Norwood (68, 80), Cole (90)

Crystal Palace (Eng) 2-1 Watford (Eng)

Starting XI: Johnstone (GK) (Matthews HT), Clyne (Ward 77’), Tomkins (O’Brien 80’), Andersen (C) (Richards 60’), Mitchell, Doucouré (Hughes 77’), Lerma (Schlupp 60’), Ahamada (Riedewald 80’), Eze (Gordon 86’), Ayew (Rak-Sakyi 77’), Mateta (Édouard HT)

Goals: Édouard (54’, 75’)


Starting XI: Bachmann (GK, C) (Hamer 60’), Ngakia (Andrews 60’), Porteous (Pollock 60’), Hoedt, Morris (Ferreira 60’), Sierralta (Kayembe 60’), Louza (Forde 77’), Dele-Bashiru (Livermore 60’), Martins (Asprilla 77’), Sema (Kalu 77’), Bayo (Healey 60’)

Sub not used: Roberts (GK)

Goal: Kayembe (68’)

Portsmouth (Eng) 9-1 Crawley (Eng)

Pompey – first half (4-3-3): Norris; Swanson, Poole (Raggett 48), Towler, Ogilvie; Devlin, Pack (c), Morrell; Whyte, Bishop, Kamara

Pompey – second half (4-2-3-1): Norris (Oluwayemi 91); Jewitt-White, Raggett (c), Shaughnessy, Sparkes; Lowery, Stevenson; Lane, Kamara (Yengi 74), Scully; Saydee

Pompey Goals: Swanson 18, Bishop 60 (pen), Scully 69, 110, Lowery 88, Yengi 92, 101, 114, Saydee 112

Crawley Goals: Forster 49

Referee: Dean Treleaven


Plymouth (Eng) 5-1 Forest Green (Eng)
Dartford (Eng) 0-5 Gillingham (Eng)
Barrow (Eng) 0-5 Blackpool (Eng)
Wigan (Eng) 0-1 Everton (Eng)
Stevenage (Eng) 2-1 Ipswich (Eng)
Leeds (Eng) 0-2 Monaco (Fra)
Genk (Bel) 2-0 Burnley
Levante (Esp) 1-2 Nottm Forest (Eng)
Eldense (Esp) 4-0 Sheff Wed (Eng)
Port Vale (Eng) 1-1 Grimsby (Eng)
LA Galaxy 2 (Usa) 0-4 Wrexham (Wal)
Osnabruck (Ger) 1-0 MK Dons (Eng)
Villarreal U21 (Esp) 2-0 Arsenal U21 (Eng)
Fleetwood (Eng) 0-0 Blackburn (Eng)
Hebburn Town (Eng) 3-0 Horden (Eng)
Isle of Man (Eng) 0-5 Southport (Eng)
Leek (Eng) 0-0 Stoke U21 (Eng)
Marine (Eng) 2-0 Bootle (Eng)
Oxford Utd (Eng) 1-0 Swansea (Wal)
Walsall (Eng) 1-1 Rochdale (Eng)
Banbury (Eng) 2-3 Oxford City (Eng)
Bideford (Eng) 1-1 Truro (Eng)
Coalville (Eng) 2-1 Tamworth (Eng)
Heybridge (Eng) 1-0 Canvey Island (Eng)
Ilkeston (Eng) 1-2 Belper Town (Eng)
Ipswich Wanderers (Eng) 1-0 Hadleigh (Eng)
Hoffenheim II (Ger) 2-0 Crystal Palace U21 (Eng)
Bristol Rovers (Eng) 2-3 Braga (Por)
Atherton (Eng) 2-5 Bolton B (Eng)
Bishop’s Stortford (Eng) 1-4 Southend (Eng)
Bedford (Eng) 6-1 Ilford (Eng)
Brixham (Eng) 2-5 Tiverton (Eng)
Eastleigh (Eng) 2-2 Swindon (Eng)
Frickley (Eng) 0-1 Basford (Eng)
Goole (Eng) 4-1 Ossett United (Eng)
Grimsby Borough (Eng) 1-0 Wisbech (Eng)
Holker (Eng) 2-2 Lancaster (Eng)
Nijmegen (Ned) 4-0 Altrincham (Eng)
Prescot (Eng) 6-0 Tranmere U18 (Eng)
Scunthorpe (Eng) 0-0 Doncaster (Eng)
Tadcaster (Eng) 0-4 York City (Eng)
AFC Fylde (Eng) 0-0 FC Halifax (Eng)
Brackley Town (Eng) 1-2 Northampton (Eng)
Chatham (Eng) 4-0 Punjab (Eng)
Loughborough Dyn. (Eng) 3-1 Biggleswade FC (Eng)
Middlesbrough (Eng) 0-1 Betis (Esp)
Newcastle U21 (Eng) 0-2 Carlisle (Eng)
Tranmere (Eng) 1-1 Everton U21 (Eng)
Dunbar United (Sco) 4-3 Newcastle Benfield (Eng)
Accrington (Eng) 2-3 Chesterfield (Eng)
AFC Telford (Eng) 1-3 Macclesfield (Eng)
AFC Wimbledon (Eng) 1-1 QPR (Eng)
Aldershot (Eng) 1-2 Wycombe (Eng)
Alfreton (Eng) 2-2 Solihull Moors (Eng)
Avro (Eng) 2-1 Lower Breck (Eng)
Beaconsfield Town (Eng) 1-2 Hampton & Richmond (Eng)
Bedworth United (Eng) 2-0 Barwell (Eng)
Billericay (Eng) 4-2 Harrow (Eng)
Blyth (Eng) 0-0 Hartlepool (Eng)
Bognor Regis (Eng) 2-2 Dorking (Eng)
Boston Utd (Eng) 0-1 Notts Co (Eng)
Bradford City (Eng) 1-1 Hull (Eng)
Bradford PA (Eng) 1-0 Chorley (Eng)
Brentwood (Eng) 0-0 Welling (Eng)
Bridlington (Eng) 1- 0 Maltby (Eng)
Bristol City (Eng) 4-1 Oxford Utd (Eng)
Bromley (Eng) 2-1 Millwall U21 (Eng)
Buckland (Eng) 2-2 Mousehole (Eng)
Burscough (Eng) 1-10 Morecambe (Eng)
Burton (Eng) 2-2 West Brom (Eng)
Cheadle Heath Nomads (Eng)
Cheltenham (Eng) 2-3 Birmingham (Eng)
Clifton All Whites (Eng) 0-4 Carlton Town (Eng)
Clitheroe (Eng) 0-4 Fleetwood (Eng)
Colchester (Eng) 1-1 Peterborough (Eng)
Consett (Eng) 5-0 Silsden (Eng)
Corinthian (Eng) 0-1 Cray Valley PM (Eng)
Crewe (Eng) 1-2 Lincoln (Eng)
Curzon Ashton (Eng) 1-2 Oldham (Eng)
Dag & Red (Eng) 2-2 West Ham (Eng)
Derby (Eng) 3-0 Stoke (Eng)
Enfield Town (Eng) 0-0 Bracknell (Eng)
Farnborough (Eng) 1-1 Sutton (Eng)
Fisher (Eng) 1-3 Barking (Eng)
Folkestone (Eng) 6-1 Faversham (Eng)
Godalming Town (Eng) 0-1 Corinthian-Casuals (Eng)
Guiseley (Eng) 1-0 Spennymoor (Eng)
Haringey (Eng) 4-0 Sudbury (Eng)
Hartley Wintney (Eng) 3-0 Knaphill (Eng)
Hayes & Yeading (Eng) 0-1 Maidenhead (Eng)
Hertford (Eng) 1-6 Hendon (Eng)
Holmesdale (Eng) 0-3 Phoenix (Eng)
Horndean (Eng) 1-3 Gosport (Eng)
Horsham FC (Eng) 2-0 Maidstone (Eng)
Hungerford (Eng) 3-0 Kingstonian (Eng)
Kennington (Eng) 1-2 Hythe Town (Eng)
Kimberley Miners Welfare (Eng) 2-3 Grantham (Eng) 2-3
Laverstock & Ford (Eng) 3-5 Badshot (Eng)
Mansfield (Eng) 2-4 Rotherham (Eng)
Margate (Eng) 1-2 Sittingbourne (Eng)
Merstham (Eng) 3-5 Carshalton (Eng)
Morpeth (Eng) 0-0 Ashington (Eng)
Potters Bar (Eng) 0-1 Chesham (Eng)
Preston (Eng) 2-0 Aberdeen (Sco)
Reading (Eng) 2-4 Southampton (Eng)
Redditch (Eng) 1-1 Gloucester (Eng)
Redhill (Eng) 0-0 Raynes Park Vale (Eng)
Rugby (Eng) 3-0 Leamington (Eng)
Rushall (Eng) 1-1 Halesowen (Eng)
Salford (Eng) 1-2 Bolton (Eng)
Salisbury (Eng) 1-2 Chippenham (Eng)
Scarborough (Eng) 2-2 Tonbridge (Eng)
Shrewsbury (Eng) 1-1 Coventry (Eng)
Skegness Town (Eng) 2-5 Matlock (Eng)
South Shields (Eng) 1-6 Harrogate (Eng)
St. Albans (Eng) 0-2 Ebbsfleet (Eng)
Stamford (Eng) 3-0 Peterborough Sports (Eng)
Stockport (Eng) 0-4 Huddersfield (Eng)
Stratford (Eng) 2-1 Spalding United (Eng)
Sutton Coldfield (Eng) 0-2 Alvechurch (Eng)
Swindon S (Eng) 1-2 Weymouth (Eng)
Thackley (Eng) 3-2 Northwich Victoria (Eng)
Tilbury (Eng) 3-1 Grays (Eng)
Torquay (Eng) 4-1 Exeter (Eng)
Trafford (Eng) 1-2 Ashton Utd (Eng)
Walton & Hersham (Eng) 2-0 Hanworth (Eng)
Wealdstone (Eng) 0-5 Charlton (Eng)
Welling (Eng) 0-1 Woking (Eng)
Whitley Bay (Eng) 1-6 Workington (Eng)
Wingate & Finchley (Eng) 1-0 Boreham Wood (Eng)
Winsford (Eng) 1-5 FC United (Eng)
Winterton (Eng) 1-2 Louth Town (Eng)
Witton (Eng) 2-2 Warrington Rylands (Eng)
Worksop (Eng) 5-0 AFC Mansfield (Eng)
Arsenal (Eng) 0-2 Man Utd (Eng)

AFC Stoneham 1-1 Camberley Town
AFC Whyteleafe 6-0 Banstead
AFC Telford United 1-3 Macclesfield)
AFC Wulfrunians 1-1 Chasetown XI
Alton 1-1 Cowes Sports
Ashville 1-2 AFC Liverpool
Avro FC 2-1 Lower Breck
Bacup Borough 7-1 Neath Town
Bedford Town 6-1 Ilford
Bedworth United 2-0 Barwell
Bibury AFC 1-3 Cheltenham Civil Service
Billericay Town 4-2 Harrow Borough
Bishops Waltham 4-4 Whitchurch United
Bognor Regis Town 2-2 Dorking Wanderers (3pm)
Bottesford Town 4-3 St Marys
Bournemouth Manor 1-3 Portland United Reserve
Bridlington Town 1-0 Maltby Main
Brixham AFC 2-5 Tiverton Town
Brockenhurst 3-9 Chichester City
Brocton 0-3 Lye Town
Bromsgrove Sporting 1-1 Highgate
Burscough Richmond 0-2 Mossley Hill
Bury 4-2 Golcar United
Caton United 2-1 Crooklands Casuals
Cockfosters 0-3 Hadley (3pm)
Colden Common 2-3 Fareham Town
Colliers Wood Utd 3-2 South Park (Reigate)
Concord Rangers 3-1 Redbridge (3pm)
Consett 5-0 Silsden
Corby Town 1-2 Kettering Town
Corinthian 0-1 Cray Valley (Paper Mills)
Cove 0-4 Tadley Calleva
Coventry Sphinx 5-1 Market Drayton Town
Darwen 2-5 Doncaster City
Dearne & District 4-2 Wombwell Town
Didcot Town 1-2 Thatcham Town
Easington Sports 0-1 North Leigh
Eastbourne Borough 1-1 Charlton Athletic U-21
Eastwood Community 3-2 Retford United
Eccleshill United 2-3 Harrogate Railway Athletic
Enfield Town 0-0 Bracknell Town
Farnborough 1-1 Sutton United
FC Bootle 1-8 Litherland Remyca
FC Clacton 1-1 Basildon United
Fisher 1-3 Barking
Fleet Town 2-0 Sutton United XI
Flint Town United 1-4 Runcorn Linnets
Folkestone Invicta 6-1 Faversham Town
Frickley Athletic 0-1 Basford United
Glastonbury 4-3 Peasedown Miners Welfare
Guiseley 1-0 Spennymoor Town
Hailsham Town 5-0 Rotherfield
Haringey Borough 4-0 AFC Sudbury
Hayes & Yeading 0-1 Maidenhead United
Heanor Town 2-2 Clay Cross Town (3pm)
Highworth Town 1-0 Wallingford & Crowmarsh)
Holker OB 2-2 Lancaster City
Horndean 1-3 Gosport Borough
Horsham 2-0 Maidstone United
Hyde United 0-1 Newtown
Ilkley Town 2-3 Garforth Town
Kidsgrove Athletic 6-1 Billingham Town
Langley 2-1 Hayes & Hillingdon
Laverstock & Ford 3-5 Badshot
Leighton Town 1-3 Biggleswade Town
Littletown 1-3 Nuneaton Borough
London Lions 2-3 St Margaretsbury
Loughborough Dynamo 3-1 Biggleswade
Maldon & Tiptree 0-0 Colchester United U21
Marske United 2-3 Darlington
Morpeth Town 0-0 Ashington
Newton Aycliffe 1-1 Boro Rangers (Cleator Cup)
Pagham 1-0 US Portsmouth
Pewsey Vale 1-3 Devizes Town
Potters Bar Town 0-1 Chesham United
Redditch United 1-1 Gloucester City AFC

Retford FC 1-6 Rossington Main
Risborough Rangers 2-0 Marlow)
Royston Town 0-3 Aveley
Rugby Town 3-0 Leamington
Runcorn Town 2-2 Runcorn Sports
Shaftesbury Town 0-0 Poole Town)
Skegness Town 2-5 Matlock Town
Slough Town 6-0 Uxbridge
Squires Gate 2-5 Steeton
Stanway Pegasus 2-2 Little Oakley
Stotfold 1-1 Berkhamsted
Stratford Town 2-1 Spalding United
Sutton Coldfield Town 0-2 Alvechurch
Thackley 3-2 Northwich Victoria
Trafford 1-2 Ashton United

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