Date: 30th June 2009 at 9:04am
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With the players due to return from their summer holidays in just over a week, here’s a reminder of the Potters’ current pre-season schedule:

Thursday July 9th: Players return to training
Sunday 12th July: Newcastle Town (Lyme Valley Stadium) – 2.30pm
Sunday 12th July: Nantwich Town (Weaver Stadium) – 2.30pm
Wednesday 15th July: Tour of Austria
Friday July 17th: FC St Pauli (venue tbc) – 6.30pm local time
Tuesday July 21st: TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (Bischofshofen) – 6.30pm local time
Wednesday 22nd July: Return from Austria
Saturday 25th July: Preston North End (Deepdale) – 3pm
Wednesday 29th July: Nottingham Forest (City Ground) – 7.45pm
Saturday 1st August: Derby County (Pride Park) – 1pm
Friday 7th August: Real Valladolid (Britannia) – 7pm
Saturday 15th August: Start of the season with the visit of Premier League new boys, Burnley, to the Brit (kick-off 3pm)