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Birmingham Date For Blues

by Andy Lewis @efc_andylewis

Everton’s pre-season programme is beginning to take shape after the Blues confirmed they will face Birmingham City at St Andrew’s on Saturday, July 30 (3pm).

The announcement comes just days after the Club revealed they would host top Spanish side Villarreal on August 5, and takes the number of confirmed friendlies to five.

The Blues are also set to visit League One Bury on July 15, while they have scheduled games against the Philadelphia Union (July 20) and DC United (July 23) on a mini-tour of the United States.

Alex McLeish’s Birmingham side should provide a decent domestic test for Everton as they close in on the start of their 2011/12 Premier League campaign.

The Midlands side were relegated to the Championship on the final day of last season but have proved solid opponents for the Blues in the past.

Tim Cahill and a Roger Johnson own goal saw David Moyes’ side to a 2-0 win at St Andrew’s last term, but many recent fixtures between the sides have ended all square – including the return league fixture at Goodison in March.

Meanwhile, the Blues also confirmed on Monday morning that an Everton XI will travel to the Kassam Stadium on Friday, July 29 (7.45), to face Oxford United.

Ticket news for all the pre-season games will be posted on as soon as it becomes available.

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