Video Highlights: Seven-high for Newcastle at Darlington; Villa cruise past the Posh; Boro hit three at Macclesfield

Darlington 2 – Newcastle 7 (Friendly, July 18, 2009) Playing in their horrible new away strip, goals from Damien Duff, Kevin Nolan, Jonas Gutierrez, Steven Taylor, Andy Carroll and two from Shola Ameobi eased the Magpies to an emphatic pre-season victory. Dean Windass netted a brace for Darlington.

Peterborough 0 – Aston Villa 3 (Friendly, July 18, 2009) Villa ran out comfortable winners in their first pre-season friendly at the Posh. Austrian forward Andreas Weimann opened the scoring with a neat header midway through the first-half, Curtis Davies scored the goal of the game following a slick one-two with Marlon Harewood, before Steve Sidwell blasted home a third at London Road.

Macclesfield 0 – Middlesbrough 3 (Friendly, July 18, 2009) All the goals arrived in a fifiteen minute spell in the second half. Julio Arca converted from the penalty spot to break the deadlock in the 72nd minute, before Marvin Emnes and Jonathan Franks scored a goal apiece to secure a comfortable victory for Boro.