BSC GLASGOW will kick off their 2015/16 campaign with an intriguing friendly against Northern League powerhouses Newcastle Benfield at Lochburn Park on Saturday July 4 (1pm kick-off).

Benfield are bossed by former Ayr United and Queen of the South midfielder Steve Bowey and will play the friendly with BSC as part of their Scottish tour preparing for the new campaign.

The clubs will then establish a twinning link-up that will see us travel north to play a friendly next pre-season.

Geordies boss Steve told “We are delighted to be heading north for the game and also to testing ourselves against Lowland League opposition.

“We finished 10th in the Northern League this season and we are building our side trying to blend youth and experience.

“Our recruitment brings in a lot of former Sunderland and Newcastle youth players and we have 37-year-old Paul Brayson up front who has played League football for the likes of the Toon and Cardiff City.

“Left-back Michael Hoganson also played four games in the Championship for Derby County and we feel the squad we are building can take a step forward next season.”

For BSC the Benfield game will come at the end of the first week of pre-season training and ahead of the other confirmed friendlies against Championship side Morton on Wednesday July 8 (Lochburn 7pm ko) and a trip to Lesser Hampden to face Gus MacPherson’s Queen’s Park on Saturday July 11 (2pm ko).

BSC head coach Iain King said: “I actually covered some of Steve’s matches as a journalist when he was in midfield for the likes of Ayr and he’s a great character.

“I’m delighted to start a link between the two clubs and I know the Newcastle boys will enjoy their night out up the West End!

“We are also happy the Queen’s game has been switched to the Saturday as that will round off an excellent first week of matches and we will tweak our training programme after that.”

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