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Hammers by High Commission

High Commissioner of New Zealand to the United Kingdom Sir Lockwood Smith, has welcomed the Irons  Carlsberg Football United Tour to his homeland.

Us and Newcastle take on A-League sides Wellington Phoenix and Sydney FC, with fixtures taking place across New Zealand’s North and South Island.

The Hammers face the Phoenix at Eden Park in Auckland on 23 July before tackling Sydney FC as part of a double-header at the Westpac Stadium in the capital city Wellington on Saturday 26 July.

Newcastle take on Sydney FC at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on South Island on 22 July and Sir Lockwood said football fans throughout the country would be thrilled to catch the two Barclays Premier League teams in action.

He said: “It’s fantastic to see two Premier League teams, West Ham United and Newcastle United, planning to visit New Zealand in July.

“Sport is one of those things that ties New Zealand and the UK closely together. The rivalries between are well entrenched in sports like rugby and cricket  and it’s great to see this visit bringing a focus on football

“New Zealanders are passionate about sport and I’m sure they’ll turn out in huge numbers for the opportunity to see teams of this calibre play on home soil, though you probably won’t see too many Kiwis blowing bubbles!”

Carlsberg Football United Tour

Newcastle United v Sydney FC

Tuesday 22 July 2014, 7.30pm (local time)

Forsyth Barr, Dunedin, New Zealand

Wellington Phoenix v West Ham United

Wednesday 23 July 2014, 7.30pm (local time)

Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand

Sydney FC v West Ham United

Saturday 26 July 2014, 2pm (local time)

Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington Phoenix v Newcastle United

Saturday 26 July 2014, 4.30pm (local time)

Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon